Vocational Studies: L1 Introduction


We recognise that our students have diverse backgrounds, and we personalise our vocational curriculum to ensure that, regardless of their entry point, they always have the chance to engage with challenging, real-world experiences in various fields, such as podcasting, mixed martial arts, boxing, hair and beauty, art and design, music, and personal training. 

The end points are measured by the continuous skills checklist which are completed at the end of each session and are co-signed by the external providers delivering the session. This will also be used when assignments are handed out to students, so that they can showcase a piece of work linked to the non-core sectors for BTECs.  

Our aim is for students to learn a new skill or improve on skills already achieved, while linking them to the key teaching aims of each of the specific BTECs. We also want them to demonstrate our character virtues through these sessions and work collaboratively with our external providers.Pupils then have an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learnt and take pride in their achievements.

We prioritise student voice and engagement in shaping our Vocational cycle. This ensures that our offerings align with students' needs and interests, making the curriculum engaging and stimulating. By involving students in the decision-making process, we empower them to take an active role in their education.

Our Vocational cycle is open to all students at Heath school, with opportunities for progression leading to BTEC Level 1 Vocational Award to Diploma accreditations. This pathway offers a clear and recognized route for students' post-16 personal development. The skills being learned will have a positive effect by instilling a hunger to learn new skills and improve on already existing skills, while ultimately improving their real world understanding 

Some units within the Vocational cycle are led by external providers, fostering valuable connections beyond the school community. This interaction enhances students' confidence, interpersonal skills, and self-sufficiency, all of which are crucial attributes for success in the post-16 world.

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