Vocational Studies

Entry 3 - Entry Level Certificate in Vocational Studies & Entry Level Award in Employability Skills

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Availability & Details

Skills For Vocational Studies - Entry 3 SF-VOSTE3-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board
Gateway Qualifications

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Vocational Studies Entry Level 3 is for young people who wish to take a vocationally related qualification, but who are undecided on a specific subject to study. This course is also for young people who may not have achieved the GCSE results needed to get on to a Level 1/2 course or young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or previously received SEN support at school. 

You will study core units in IT, Enterprise and Citizenship, together with a range of units to choose from that offer an experience of different vocational areas. These option units could include animal care, art & creative media, care, catering, engineering, hair & beauty, horticulture, practical skills and sport. If you have not yet achieved Level 2 in English and Mathematics, you will continue to develop your skills through Functional Skills or GCSEs, depending on grades already achieved in these subjects. Vocational Studies Entry Level 3 is structured to prepare you for personal progression, working life, social inclusion and to build confidence levels.

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded Hampshire SEND Employability Hub status. We are looking to take on a cohort of Year 11 students through a specialist, individualised programme where the outcome is paid employment. If you are interested in applying to be on our SEND Employability Programme or for more information, contact Helen Robinson – helen.robinson@hsdc.ac.uk or 023 9387 9999 Ext 4794.

Entry Level 2 or equivalent qualifications and satisfactory English and Mathematics screening.

Vocational Studies Entry Level 3 will give you the opportunity to complete work experience, study core subjects including English, maths, ICT and citizenship. #

You will be able to select vocational options linked with your interests or goals. Options will include:

  • Animal Care
  • Art & Creative Media
  • Care
  • Catering
  • Engineering
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Horticulture
  • Practical Skills
  • Sport

Teaching will take place in general classrooms, the Fitness Centre, our automotive workshop, art department, our hair & beauty salon – Synergy, the drama studios and the memorial garden, dependent on options chosen. Classes in Vocational Studies Entry Level 3 are smaller than a standard Level 1 or higher course, and in-class support is available for those that require it.

Assessments will be coursework based, except for functional skills or GCSE English and Mathematics (if appropriate). Assessments will be undertaken in or out of class, as appropriate.

There may be some additional charges for trips or activities.

On completion of this course, you can go on to study Vocational Studies Level 1, or another vocational area of your choice at Entry Level 3 or Level 1, such as automotive, animal care, art & design, engineering, health and social care, catering and hair and beauty. Some students with an EHCP may also progress onto the pre-internship or supported internship programme.

You will be expected to complete 15 hours of work experience during the year and access community and enterprise projects, such as Youth Enterprise's 'Tenner Challenge'.

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

You’re here to learn and you want to learn, and the lecturers make it fun. You don’t have to come to college but you want to come to college.

Natalie Thorpe, A Level student