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BTEC Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies

Programme Description



The Diploma offers learners the opportunity to study a range of units from different sectors in the suite, supporting progression on to further study.  Learners will gain a good grounding in the different subject areas we offer at the college so that they can make an informed decision as to what they wish to pursue in depth the following year. 

The course is suitable for learners who wish to gain confidence in further education study and for those who are unsure as to the exact subject area they wish to study full-time. Applicants must be aged 15+ on September 1st and need to have some evidence of study prior to application.


Programme Features



The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies is designed around practical skills and tasks that place an emphasis on learners demonstrating what they can do rather than what they know in theory. The qualification gives learners the opportunity to acquire and develop generic, transferable and sector-specific skills in order to complete tasks and demonstrate a level of achievement that enables them to progress to further learning.


Progression & Employment



This qualification has a core of underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding, and a range of options to reflect the breadth of pathways within this sector. Learner progression could include further study on a Level 1 or 2 course, an apprenticeship or employment. The level of progression will depend on the overall grade achieved in the qualification.


Programme Content



You will have the opportunity to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, develop your literacy, numeracy and your digital capabilities.  Examples of units on the main qualification include:

  •   Four mandatory core units, including Being Organised, Developing a Personal Progression Plan, Working with Others and Researching a Topic - They will give learners the opportunity to acquire the skills they will need to showcase their sector understanding.
  •   Sector units including, Art, Information Technology, Childcare, Media and Catering . The sector units give learners the opportunity to take the skills they have built up in the core units and really showcase what they know and understand about their sector.
  •   Maths and English qualifications are included in the programme.

Programme Assessment



All units are internally assessed – giving learners the opportunity to demonstrate skills developed in applied scenarios and there is a range of assessment styles suited to individual needs. All units are graded to encourage skills development and performance.


Programme Entry Requirements



GCSEs D-G or equivalent qualification. Entry is dependent on a selection interview.  Entry for students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Curriculum Area depending on written evidence of previous study / learning.  The programme is suitable for students aged 15 and over.


Additional Costs



All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45.00 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery, and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits