Vocational Studies

ASDAN Level 1 Award in Employability and AQA Level 1 Award Personal and Social Education

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Availability & Details

Skills For Independence Vocational Studies - Level 1 SF-VOSTL1-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board

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This externally accredited course is designed to prepare you for working or further study in an area of your choice. It also focuses on personal progression, confidence-building and social inclusion.

Vocational Studies Level 1 will help you to develop a range of key employability skills, improve your English and Mathematics levels and give you the opportunity to personalise your timetable while trying a range of different vocational subjects to help you focus on what you would like to do in the future. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to work together with your peers, find solutions to problems, overcome barriers and discover what it is to be part of a community. This course has been developed to meet the needs of 16 – 19-year-olds with few or no formal qualifications and learners with SEND. There are slightly smaller tutor groups on this course, encouraging all individuals to participate and work at a pace that meets their own learning style and speed. 

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 3 or equivalent qualifications. Successful screening assessments in English and Mathematics.

The course structure includes four mandatory subjects:

  • Welfare and Social Studies
  • Work Skills and Citizenship
  • Functional Skills
  • English and Mathematics

There will also be a tutorial session to help, advise and guide you. 

You will have the opportunity to choose four vocational subject options from:

  • Sport
  • IT
  • Animal Care
  • Health and Social Care
  • Catering
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Business and Retail
  • Sustainability and the Environment
  • Art and Design
  • Photography Art and Design
  • Automotive

The course also offers you the opportunity to participate in valuable work experience placements. 

Teaching will take place in small groups in classrooms or workshops and is portfolio-based. Practical sessions will be delivered in our well equipped and professional subject vocational areas, such as our automotive workshop, sports hall and fitness centre, hair and beauty salon and professional training kitchens. You will have easy access to a range of IT and digital resources to support you in all areas of learning. 

This is a portfolio assessed qualification. Only functional skills English and Maths or GCSE are subject to a final exam. Assessment of your work will be ongoing throughout the course. These could include practical assessments, question and answer sessions, peer assessment, observations and formative and summative feedback on your progress.

Some vocational options may be subject to a £10 contribution per term.

On successful completion, the progression routes include other Level 1 or Level 2 subject-specific courses or a Supported Internship.

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

Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student