Foundation Learning Vocational Studies Level 1 Diploma

Sixth Form

Date (from)


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Full Time - September 2016



Course introduction

Wondering what now? Join the Foundation Learning journey.  Learn skills that will help you get a job, and apprenticeship or move up to the course you really wanted to do.   You will have a personal learning plan which includes a choice of specialist subjects including Media, Sport or Construction Industry Skills plus Maths and English.  You will also have the chance to go into a real work place and spend a week being an employee.
At the end of one year you will come out with:
BTEC Level 1 Vocational Studies Diploma, Functional Skills Qualifications in English and Maths.

The programme is made up of four parts: Vocational Diploma units, specialist pathway subjects, Functional Skills in both English and maths and a one week Work Placement.
You will study for your qualifications three days a week for one year.  In the first half term you will begin to prepare for Work placement. This will take place after Easter.
You will also choose a vocational specialist pathway from Sport, Media Studies and Construction Industry Skills which you will be able to study in more depth.
You will study a range of vocational units that may include Customer Service and Managing Money to equip you with useful life skills.
Throughout the duration of the course, you will study the two Functional Skills of English and Maths. (If you have a D in GCSE English or Maths you will be able to re-sit)

Minimum entry requirements

This is an open entry course. You do not need any formal qualifications.

All interviews for the course take place from January onwards, so applications need to be recieved by the College by the end of December.

You will be accepted on this course if: 

  • You needed extra help at school and/or have a SEN statement/ECG Plan
  • You want to improve your basic skills
  • You learn best in small groups
  • You have some learning difficulties 

How will I be assessed?

The vocational elements of the course are assessed by completion of assignments.  
Functional skills are assessed by examinations.
You will also undertake one week Work Experience in the later part of the year.

Information & support

You may be asked to contribute a small amount towards materials and trips/visits on some of the vocational courses.
You may need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure check if your work experience involves working with children or vulnerable adults, which will cost £44 (subject to increase by DBS)

What can I do with this qualification?

You could progress to an apprenticeship or employment.
If you achieve 37 credits, an excellent attendance record and a positive testimonial, you could be eligible to progress to a Level 2 course.

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