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Entry to Vocational Education at West Thames College

Course description

This flexible course is for young people with moderate or specific learning difficulties. Students are encouraged to develop communication, numeracy and interpersonal skills, decision making and problem solving abilities. They will study vocational subjects including art and design, IT, catering, photography, ceramics, fitness training, engineering and construction. Work experience and a residential experience are an important part of the course.

Course content

You will study:

  • Edexcel entry qualification in personal and social development
  • City and Guilds qualification in functional skills English
  • City and Guilds qualification in functional skills Maths
  • Information technology
  • Vocational preparation
  • Work experience - 2 week block
  • Residential experience.


In addition, students will learn through a range of modules in any of the following subjects:

  • Art and design
  • Catering
  • 3D design
  • Photoshop
  • Enterprise
  • Sport
  • IT Photography.

Since each student has differing needs, the course content is arranged accordingly. The programme places emphasis on developing a student's communication, numeracy and interpersonal skills, decision making and problem solving abilities, in addition to skills relevant to their vocational interests. All students have a personal tutor to guide and support them through the course. Great care is taken to plan a course of study to suit each studen'?s interests and capabilities. The Connexions service plays an active part in planning for progression routes.

Entry requirements

You will have an interview with the course tutor to be sure the course is right for you.

For more information, please contact the course secretary for Supported Learning on 020 8326 6492.


Assessment is a mutual process. The student and tutor will work together to set learning targets, develop an individual learning plan, and monitor the student’s achievements. Regular reports on progress are made to parents/guardians.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18 years.

Future opportunities

You can progress to Skills for Life and Work or a Level 1 Foundation course at the college. You can also go on to training or employment, Project Search at GlaxoSmithKline or a supported internship.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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