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BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Vocational Studies at Challenge College

Course description

The BTEC Introductory Certificate in Vocational Studies is designed to complement the existing specialist vocational Introductory BTEC qualifications. This qualification allows for the current Introductory units from accross all sectors to be combined in order to facilitate flexible learning pathways and in doing so, to anticipate the requirements of the Foundation Learning Tier in the proposed Framework for Achievement.

Course content

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Core Units (a minimum of 2). Learners doing H/101/8968 Exploring Customer Service may not select H/102/6259 Customer Care in the Land-based Industries
  • Developing Skills in IT
  • Explore visual language in art, design and media
  • Introducing Customer Service
  • Developing skills and working safely in construction
  • Developing skills in engineering
  • Developing Skills in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Skills in the Performing Arts
  • Skills development in the land-based industries
  • The healthy Body

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Choose 1

  • Explore materials, techniques and processes in art, design and media
  • Explore and develop art, design and media ideas
  • Carry out a personal project in art, design or media
  • Introduction to graphic design
  • Introduction to 2D
  • Introduction to 3D design crafts
  • Introduction to 3D design products
  • Introduction to textiles
  • Introduction to fashion

Entry requirements

No entry requirements


  • Coursework
  • E-assessment
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration / Assignment
Assessment according to specified contextualised criteria within each unit. All units are internally assessed and monitored and supported by NSS

Future opportunities

This qualification will enable progression to a sector-specific qualification at the same level, for example to a specialist Introductory qualification if this is most appropriate, or can lead to further study on a Level 2 programme such as a BTEC First Certificate or Diploma. Due to the flexible nature of the qualification, it is anticipated that learners will be able to sample employment sectors according to local need and therefore increase opportunities for employment on completion of the qualification, by anticipating potential skills gaps.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Challenge College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Year