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BTEC Introductory Diploma, Level 1

Vocational Studies - Achieve, Celebrate, Excel (ACE)

Our main focus is to provide an introduction to working in a number of different sectors, as well as developing other core skills that prepare the student for employment and building confidence in the workplace.

Our qualifications also contain elements that address the students’ individual needs in literacy and numeracy as well as personal development areas. Some students may have a personalised bespoke programme which may involve studying some vocational studies units as well as, possibly, attending classes in a vocational area of interest (subject to agreement with the course team).

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

  • Using public transport
  • Living in the community
  • Accessing leisure activities
  • Playing sport
  • Living in a diverse society
  • Understanding rights and responsibilities
  • Volunteering
  • Understanding relationships
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Independent skills for living in the community
  • Personal learning skills
  • Using cooking skills in the domestic kitchen
  • Understanding nutrition, performance and Healthy eating
  • Exploring health
  • Team leading skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Garden horticulture
  • Taking part in sport
  • Employability skills
  • Personal wellbeing
  • Building personal resilience

On achievement of the Award students will be able to progress onto the BTEC Level 1 Certificate. On completion of the full qualification students will be able to progress on to a Level 2 course after a successful interview. This qualification prepares students for higher level studies.

No formal entry requirements. However, students who are placed on this course are expected to attend all lessons, to adhere to all college rules and to complete all work to the best of their ability. If required, they will be expected to attend English and Maths lessons. Students are required to play an active role in lessons, and take part in discussions and group work. Students will be given some flexibility in how they choose to present work and being creative is encouraged.

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