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KS4 Vocational Technology

About Vocational Technology

Vocational techology will suit those learners who enjoy practical learning.

Students can opt to study a vocational techology in KS4 as an alternative to GCSE.

Learners can choose from

  • Engineering – level 2
  • Construction – level 1
  • Hair and Beauty – level 1

These courses will lead learners into apprenticeships and/or further study at colleges of higher education.

Engineering

Engineering is a vocational course and counts as a GCSE.  Most of the work is completed in lessons and is submitted as course work but there is also a terminal examination at the end of the two years.  The grades in enineering do not follow the conventional GCSE approach.  The grade equivalents are listed below:

  • Distinction – GCSE A*-A
  • Merit- GCSE B
  • Pass- GCSE C
  • Level 1 – D grade and below.

This course would suit those students who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and manufacturing.  Students interested in engineering will need to be well-organised, self-diciplined and motivated in order to meet strict deadlines.  Engineering students will also need to have pride in the way work is presented to others as written communication forms a critical part of this course.

Engineering will provide students with transferable study skills including: planning, communication, numeracy, literacy and indpendence and problem solving.

Students studying engineering will also work on practical projects involving industry standard techniques such as cutting, brazing, joining and CAD/CAM work.

Construction

Construction is a level 1 course which means it does not count towards GCSEs.  This course would suit students who are interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry.

Although the course does not count towards GCSEs, it does prepare students for further study at Colleges after they leave school.

The course consists on on-going coursework (portfolio) and some practical elements.

On this course students will learn:

  • plumbing;
  • bricklaying;
  • woodwork;
  • health and safety;
  • painting and decorating.

Hair and Beauty

This course is a Level 1 Btec.  It will not count towards you GCSE’s.  It is suited to students who would like to persue a career in either hairdressing, beauty or both.  The course units have been chosen to give the students a variety of experience, the are as follows;

  • An introduction to the sector
  • Presenting a professional image
  • Styling womens hair
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Nail art

Hospitality

This course is a Level 1 Btec.  It will not count towards you GCSE’s.  It is suited to students who would like to persue a career in the hospitality field.  The course units have been chosen to give the students a variety of experience, the are as follows;

  • An introduction to the sector
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Basic food prearation
  • Cooking skills