Vocational courses

Vocational courses are work-related courses that allow you to focus on the career area of your choice and develop the knowledge and skills that employers will be looking for. Available as Level 2 & 3 Diplomas, vocational courses provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background.

The Level 3 Diploma takes 2 years to complete and is a good choice for you if you have done well at GCSE level and would like to take a course at Sixth Form which is related to your career plans.

Level 2 Diplomas usually take a year to complete and allow you to develop the skills you learnt at school, as well as enabling progression onto a Level 3 programme.

All courses will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for employment or Higher Education in your chosen field and involve teaching within College, as well as a significant element of work placement with external companies.

students enjoying college life at Brock

You will usually attend at least 12 sessions a week in class and you will need to spend plenty of time on study at home or in the Learning Resources Centre. Lessons will be a mixture of discussion, lectures, group and individual research, and practical activities.

Vocational courses

Art and Design Level 2 Diploma More info
Beauty Specialists – Level 2 Diploma More info
Beauty Specialists Diploma – Level 2 More info
Bricklaying – Level 2 Diploma More info
Business – Level 2 BTEC Diploma More info
Electrical Installations (Buildings & Structures) Level 2 Diploma More info
Engineering Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate More info
Exercise & Fitness – Level 2 Diploma More info
IT – Level 2 BTEC Diploma More info
Media – Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma More info
Performing Arts – Level 2 Diploma More info
Photography – Level 2 BTEC Diploma More info
Plumbing Level 2 Diploma More info
Public Services – Level 2 BTEC Diploma More info
Site Carpentry Level 2 Diploma More info
Travel & Tourism – Level 2 Extended Certificate More info
Advanced Beauty Therapy Diploma – Level 3 More info
Art & Design – L3 BTEC Extended Diploma More info
Art and Design – Level 3 Diploma More info
Bench Joinery Diploma Level 3 More info
Bricklaying – Level 3 Diploma More info
Business – Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma More info
Children’s Play, Learning & Development, Early Years Educator – National Diploma More info
Electrical Installations Diploma Level 3 More info
Electrical Installations Level 3 Diploma More info
Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma More info
Exercise & Fitness – Level 3 Diploma More info
Health & Social Care – (Health Studies) Level 3 (National) Extended Diploma More info
Health and Social Care – Level 3 (National) Diploma More info
Hospitality Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma More info
IT – Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit/Extended Diploma More info
Level 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry More info
Music – Level 3 Diploma More info
Performing Arts – Musical Theatre – Level 3 Extended Diploma More info
Photography – Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (Art & Design) More info
Plumbing Level 3 Diploma More info
Public Services – Level 3 BTEC 90-Credit/Extended Diploma More info
Public Services – Level 3 BTEC Diploma More info
Site Carpentry Diploma Level 3 More info
Sport & Exercise Science – Level 3 BTEC 90-Credit/Extended Diploma More info
Sport (Performance & Excellence) – Level 3 BTEC 90-Credit/Extended Diploma More info
Travel & Tourism – Level 3 BTEC 90-Credit/Extended Diploma More info
Travel & Tourism Level 3 Subsidiary/Diploma More info

How to apply for Sixth Form courses

Apply online

If you would prefer, you can complete an application form and post it to:

Student Admissions
Brockenhurst College
Lyndhurst Road
Brockenhurst
Hampshire
SO42 7ZE

For further information contact enquiries@brock.ac.uk or 01590 625555

Important:

  • Add your Personal Statement into the application, we do require this.
  • Take care to enter your email address correctly as we’ll be using this as our primary method of contact.
  • You can return to your account any time to amend or add information before submitting your application.
  • Don’t forget to tell us about the subjects you’re currently studying including predicted or gained exam grades
  • Once you submit your application we’ll contact you (and your parent/guardian if you are under 18) to arrange an interview to discuss your options.

Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements & course structure

To succeed on a Level 3 Diploma you will need to achieve four grades A*-C at GCSE. Requirements vary from course to course so you will need to check the individual course descriptions on our website, speak to a member of staff at an Open Evening or contact the Admissions department.

Level 3 Diplomas usually involve at least 12 sessions a week in class and you will need to spend plenty of time on study at home or in the Learning Resources Centre. Lessons will be a mixture of discussion, lectures, group and individual research, and practical activities.

Your course will be varied and you will experience a range of different teaching and learning styles, which incorporate both theoretical and practical elements. You will get to know your teachers and your fellow students well and feeling part of a team is a common experience for vocational students.

Some Level 3 Diplomas, for instance BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, can also be combined with an A level course.

Assessment

Vocational courses are usually assessed through assignment work rather than exams. This means you will have an idea of your grades as you work through the course, and will have an opportunity to re-submit any coursework that might require additional development in order to achieve a better grade.

Level 2 Diploma

Entry requirements & course structure

Courses usually last for one year and you will need a number of GCSE passes at grade D or above to qualify.

Most Level 2 Diploma courses are made up of specific units and are assessed entirely through coursework. This means that you will have a good idea of how well you are doing as you go through the course and get some opportunity to re-submit any work that might not reach pass standard.

Your timetable allows the opportunity to add GCSE re-takes if you need to, usually in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, to widen your options. If you have already achieved C grades in these core GCSE subjects, a number of other GCSE subjects are available to complete your programme.

Business Administration, Construction and Hospitality areas offer vocational training courses to develop skills for particular jobs. Courses take place in real working environments in the College. If you opt for one of these courses you will be completing an NVQ award, a qualification widely accepted by employers.

Assessment

Level 2 Diploma courses are usually assessed through practical assignment work rather than exams. This means you will have an idea of your grades as you work through the course, and will have an opportunity to re-submit any coursework that might require additional development in order to improve on your grade.

Contact

enquiries@brock.ac.uk

01590 625555