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Level Entry

BTEC Level Entry to Vocational Studies - Entry Pathways for progression

This course is ideal for students working at Entry Level who may require a personalised approach designed to meet their individual needs. Students study a range of units to develop vocational skills such as preparing for work and work placement, whilst the independent living units will allow them to manage money, go shopping and undertake basic food preparation as well as using public transport. The programme will also help them develop personal, social and communication skills. All students study English and Maths at a level suitable for their needs. Whilst the course lasts one year, the programme is designed to be flexible to meet individual needs. The programme is taught in small groups, or sometimes on a 1:1 basis, with the appropriate levels of learning support through a combination of taught theory and practical sessions, visits, speakers, and group activities.


You will study English and Maths. Your main programme will include some or all the following:

  • Developing job search and research skills
  • Managing time
  • Developing independent living skills
  • Developing social and communication skills
  • Dealing with problems in your daily life
  • Health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Finance awareness
  • Team challenges
  • Planning and making journeys using public transport (including travel training)
  • Taking part in visits and offsite activities


If progression is achievable and supports the student’s agreed outcomes (including those agreed in Education, Health and Care Plans), students can apply to move onto the next level the following academic year.

No formal entry requirements. You will have an interview and you will undertake some initial assessments in English and Maths. You will need to be able to show that you will be fully committed to the programme and that you will benefit from studying on the course. This qualification is suitable for students who have no prior qualifications but, if you have already achieved some, you must show you can make progress and work towards the next level. Students can enrol onto the programme at Entry 1, Entry 2 or Entry 3. In certain circumstances, a student may be considered for a bespoke, personalised, non-accredited programme.

Assessment methods include informal discussions, observations, presentations, role-play, portfolio and written work.