Vocational pathways are available at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 and are for those students who enjoy a more practical approach to learning. All courses have been designed to develop students’ interest in the world of work and to begin to acquire skills in the different sectors of industry and business.

The Curriculum


Care and Childhood Studies Courses

Few careers are more satisfying than working in care. These courses help students develop an understanding of people and how they develop emotionally, physically and psychologically. They are a challenging preparation for careers in community work, health services, residential care, nursing, teaching and social work. There are lots of opportunities for qualified child care staff including working in nurseries, family centres, infants and primary schools and with children with special needs. There are even opportunities to work abroad as a nanny or with children on holiday resorts.

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Caring for Children

This Certificate gives you an introductory to the type of knowledge and understanding required when working in child care and education and play-work. It provides the opportunity to develop basic skills in caring for children which can be used on a personal basis supporting parenthood on towards relevant employment..

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Health and Social Care

In Key Stage 4, pupils are encouraged to examine the structure and function of the body. They undertake practical procedures to understand how health is monitored and then investigate the cause, symptoms, care and treatment of diseases such as asthma and heart disease

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care

This is a broad based Care programme for those who seek career opportunities in the Health and Social Care sector. The course consists of 3 core units and 3 specialist units which add on areas of specific interests. All units are assessed by portfolio (coursework). There are no external examinations for this course. This course is broad and varied. It not only covers the main aspects of the Health and Social Care industry but also encompasses more general issues such as equal opportunities, the importance of good communication and alternative approaches to health and well-being. A range of service users and health care professionals will be considered with opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in work based situations.

Successful students are able to progress to study higher qualifications at university such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Radiography, Paramedic Science, Social Work and other professional training programmes or to employment in the health and social care sector


Business and IT Courses

Our business courses are work-related?qualifications for those interested in a wide range of careers such as Accounting, Retail, Human Resources, Marketing, and Administration.

BTEC Level 2 Award in Business Administration

This programme has been designed to provide a broad educational basis for further training and further education or for moving into appropriate employment within the business and administration sectors.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Business

The aim of this course is to prepare students who wish to embark on a career within the field of business or, for those who prefer, it counts towards entry into Higher Education (HND/BA). The units are assessed and graded, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded, i.e. Pass, Merit or Distinction. All units are internally assessed.

ECDL (BCS European Computer Driving Licence)

This a full level 2 qualification designed to assess the core applications that a user requires: Word Processing Software; Spreadsheets Software; Presentation Software, Improving Productivity using IT.


Travel and Tourism Courses

Tourism is the world’s biggest employer. Rapidly expanding industries like travel and tourism offer excellent career opportunities to those who show dedication and commitment.

BTEC Level 1 Certificate Introduction to Travel and Tourism

This is a vocational programme is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in the travel or tourism industries. This course seeks to: equip students with knowledge and experience of the industry together with the skills and attributes required by employers; focus on the dynamic nature of the travel and tourism industry; offer opportunities for the development and application of a range of academic skills; prepare students for employment into the industry. There are a variety of assessment methods used within this BTEC qualification. There will be a mix of internal and external assessments.

On successful completion of the course, students that have achieved the appropriate grades will have the opportunity to progress onto the Level 2 BTEC Award ?in Travel & Tourism, or they could progress into employment in the following areas; Travel Agent; Event Management; Cruise Ship Stewarding; Working Overseas; Airlines and Hospitality


Digital Media Courses

BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Creative Media Production

This course is an introduction to the Media industry which includes practical work in studios and editing rooms as well as written analysis of film and TV.

The course is largely practical and gives you a broad range of skills and experiences and you will use a range of resources, including digital SLR cameras, HD video cameras and editing software. You will learn a variety of skills, including photography, animation, single camera drama, research techniques, scriptwriting, critical analysis of media products and professional ways of working in the media industry.


Riseholme College Courses

In partnership with Riseholme College, we are able to offer a wide range of practical vocational courses.  The Academy offers the opportunity for 14-16 year olds who can benefit from a more flexible curriculum to study one day a week starting in Year 10 at the college.  Areas of study can include Agriculture, Equine, Land Based Engineering.  All of the programmes operate for one day a week starting in Year 10.



Miss G Bell – Subject Leader

Mrs K Davis

Miss S McPhail

Mrs J Ryland