Routes to a Career - BTEC Level 1 diploma in vocational studies

Full Time

About the course

This programme is suitable for students who are working at Entry Level 3. They will be able to access a vocational carousel each term which will enable them to try different vocational areas.

Students will be able to choose from a selection of units on the carousel these can include:

  • Art

  • Animal Care

  • Bricklaying

  • Business Studies

  • Catering

  • Child Care

  • Enterprise

  • Hair and Beauty

  • Horticulture

  • Hospitality

  • IT Fundamentals

  • Office Skills

  • Painting & Decorating

  • Sport

  • Woodwork

Units available each term will depend on the level of interest from students on the course.

As well as being able to try different vocational subjects, students will work on their core skills to support them with their confidence, resilience and develop the abilities they need to progress to their next steps. Those who have not yet attained a grade 4/C in GCSE Maths and English will continue to study these areas.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, but students should be generally working at entry level.

Where next?

On completion of this programme the next step would be a Level 1 programme.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills e.g., live client briefs, competitions, exhibitions, visiting speakers, enterprise projects etc. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help you.

What additional resources will I need?

There are no additional resources needed for this course.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 or 16 – 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Students aged 19+, and do not have an Education Health and Care Plan, will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


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