Vocational Studies Level 1

BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate

On this course at HSDC Alton, we will help you develop the skills that colleges and employers want you to have in both the educational and workplace environment. You will be able to try out a variety of different subject areas to help you focus on what you would like to do in the future. Whilst doing this you will improve your English, Maths and ICT in weekly lessons.

Alongside your college work, you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience that interests you. This course would suit you if you may not have achieved sufficient GCSE results to get on to a Level 2 course or may have some specific support needs.

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Vocational Studies, BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate AF-VOST1C-D(0000)100

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (1 years)
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There are no formal entry requirements, although you will normally have followed an Entry or GCSE programme of study at school.

On this Level 1 course at HSDC Alton, you will have the opportunity to investigate different vocational areas. The vocational areas that you can study may include:

  • Sport
  • Engineering
  • Caring for Children
  • Art & Design
  • Public Services
  • Applied Science
  • Digital Media
  • Catering
  • Business

Through studying a variety of vocational options, it is hoped that you will widen your knowledge enabling you to make informed career choices for the future. The vocational units are at the heart of the programme. However, you will also have the chance to improve your Maths, English and ICT in weekly lessons. You will take part in our work experience programme to develop your employability skills. This has been a very successful area of the course and enables you to apply the knowledge gained on the placement to your course and future pathway.

You will be taught in groups of approximately 8-16 dependent on options, by experienced staff who are able to support you with your learning. In the classroom, you will work both in groups and individually. There will be some formal notetaking as well as roleplay, group discussions and visiting speakers. There is an expectation that you will study for up to eight hours per week in your own time completing classwork, producing coursework or doing lesson preparation.






During the course, you will be assessed through coursework in various ways including oral presentations, video films, audiotapes, written work and field trips. Coursework will be graded at pass, merit and distinction. English, Maths and ICT will be assessed by formal exams.

All students will be expected to provide their own folder, stationery, USB stick and calculators (where appropriate). Any further costs are outlined below:

Compulsory: Work experience uniform - £20

Advisable: Field trips - approximately £60. The catering module requires a small financial contribution.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of the financial support scheme on our website.

Having successfully completed the course you will be able to make further choices about which direction you wish to take. This Level 1 Introductory Certificate provides you with a sound foundation for employment but the majority of students decide to progress onto a BTEC Level 2 course. You will require a merit and a recommendation from your tutor to progress onto a Level 2 course at HSDC Alton.

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