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Vocational Studies Level 1 Diploma at Hartlepool College of Further Education

Course description

A programme designed to give you the opportunity to progress to Intermediate level courses. Students will gain skills, knowledge and understanding of processes and techniques designed to increase your ICT and creative skills. It is designed to offer potential students the opportunity to study across both sectors and gain vocational experience in both as well as a specialist qualification in the ICT/Creative sector.

It will also give you the opportunity to develop a range of employability skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes to help you prepare for employment or progression to higher studies.
This course is planned to progress students to level 2 qualifications in either ICT or Art & Design. Level 1 Diploma qualification is validated by Pearson Edexcel.

Course content

Units offered include:

  • Using the Internet
  • Using Email
  • Word Processing Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Website Software

Plus others to be agreed.

Students will also learn to work as a team, manage time, take responsibility for their own work and become self-reliant. There is an expectation that students will work in their own time to complete the necessary reading, homework and assessment tasks.

Entry requirements

For learners who have recently been in education, the profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • Level 1/2 Award or certificate qualification in a related vocational area
  • A standard of literacy and numeracy supported by a general education equivalent to four GCSEs at grade E-F
  • Other related qualifications
  • Related work experience

Applicants must be aware that if students do not have a GCSE grade 'C' or above in Maths and/or English, they they will have to undertake further study in these subjects as part of their programme of study in addition to the main 'core' qualification.


Assessment during and at the end of each module is classroom/home based. All assessment is internally set and marked against One Award set criteria.

Future opportunities

On completion of the course, students can progress to a further education course aimed at level 2 attainment.

Further information

The college will recruit learners to BTEC qualifications with integrity.
It is expected that students will make every effort to attend all sessions. Students must have a commitment to completing the course. Those students with work and/or family commitments should be aware of the duration of the course and the need to attend all classes.

The college will take appropriate steps to assess each applicant's potential and make a professional judgement about their ability to complete the programme of study successfully and achieve the qualification. This will include ensuring that applicants have appropriate information and advice about the qualification and that the qualification will meet their needs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hartlepool College of Further Education directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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