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BTEC Introductory Diploma, Level 1

Vocational Studies - Pathways to Progression

The main focus of this course is to provide an introduction to working in a number of different sectors, such as; hair and beauty, health and social care, sport and leisure, hospitality and catering, construction and IT, as well as developing other core skills that prepare the student for employment and building confidence in the workplace. The qualification also contains elements that will address a student’s 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 both English & Maths alongside your main programme, which will include some or all of the following:

• Team working and problem solving

• Physical activity & healthy lifestyles

• Personal progression planning

• Creating a website

• Being organised

• Designing a Product

• Developing IT Skills

• Preparing & Cooking Food

You will have tutorial time each week with the Pathways team to provide pastoral support, set and review targets and prepare you for your next steps.

You will be provided with opportunities to complete projects that support the development of your employability skills.

On achievement of the Award students will be able to progress onto the BTEC Level 1 Certificate/ Diploma. 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.