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Vocational Studies BTEC Level 1 Diploma at St Vincent College

Course description

The Diploma in Vocational Studies offers learners the unique opportunity to explore several vocational subjects and provides a flexible and engaging learning programme for those who remain unsure of their direction at Level 1.

Course content

Students can opt for a mixed programme from vocational areas such as:

  • Performing Arts
  • Music Performance
  • Art
  • Media Studies
  • Carpentry
  • Engineering
  • Small Animal Care
  • Horticulture
  • Forensic Science and Expedition Skills
  • Childcare
  • Health and Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Sport and Active Leisure
  • Hair and Beauty

Alternatively students can opt to follow a pathway based on a vocational sector that interests them e.g.:

  • Care
  • Public Services
  • Creative Arts
  • Service Industries
  • Engineering and Construction

In addition to the above, Health Studies, Work Skills and Functional Skills complement the main programme.

Qualifications gained will include the following:

  • BTEC Certificate or Diploma in Vocational Studies
  • BTEC Level 1 Work Skills Award
  • Functional Skills in Application of Number and Communication

The course is taught by specialist staff in cross-college disciplines.
Students are supported by LSAs in the classroom in every lesson.

Students will also participate in the following:

  • Work Experience
  • Next Steps (Careers Conference)

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements


• The course is portfolio based and is internally assessed then externally moderated
• Functional Skills may be assessed through examination

Future opportunities

Students can progress to a vocational subject at Level 1 or 2, or alternatively opt for one of our Employability courses.

  • Students undertaking the Diploma in Vocational Studies are usually appointed a Connexions adviser who works closely with the group throughout the year.
  • Students may progress on to a vocational Level 1course, or if they’ve achieved a merit or distinction for their Diploma (and the associated functional skills) may be able to progress to a Level 2 course subject to a satisfactory interview.
  • Other options can include moving on to training courses employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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