On this Entry Level 3 Vocational Studies course, you'll learn skills that may help you progress to the Level 1 Vocational Studies Course at HSDC Alton or a more independent life when you leave. You will have the opportunity to do work experience and the course will focus on the vocational skills that employers want you to have in the workplace, including reading, writing, speaking and listening, Maths and ICT.
You will also be able to complete a range of units that interest you, these may include subjects like Media, Sport, Horticulture and Catering. By the end of the course, you will have developed your independence, personal and social skills so that you leave feeling more confident and better qualified, with a nationally recognised vocational qualification.
There are no formal entry requirements, although you will normally have followed an Entry or GCSE programme of study at school.
The BTEC Entry Level 3 Award/Extended Certificate in Vocational Studies will give you the opportunity to study different vocational subject options that may include Sport, Art, Cooking, Horticulture and Engineering. You will also improve your core English, Maths, ICT, independence and social communication skills which will boost your career opportunities and prospects. You will also complete work experience giving you the opportunity to develop your confidence and employability skills for your life beyond College.
You will be taught in groups of approximately 8-16 dependent on options, by experienced staff who are able to support learners with a range of different SEN needs. In the classroom, you will work both in groups and individually. There will be some notetaking as well as roleplay, group discussions and visiting speakers. There is an expectation that you will study outside the course 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. English, Maths and ICT will be assessed by formal exams.
You will be expected to provide your own folder, stationery, USB stick and calculators (where appropriate).
Work experience uniform (advisable): £20.
Field trips: £60 (approximately).
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. You can decide to progress onto a BTEC Level 1 course with a recommendation from their tutor, a supported employment or internship programme, or a more independent life when you leave.
My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.Erin Morgan, BTEC student
The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.Amber Searle, BTEC student
“I owe the staff a lot and I wouldn't be where I am today without them.”Tom Andrews, A Level Student