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Vocational study at BOSCO

Vocational Study at Bosco

At Bosco our aim is to get you ready for the world of work. If you sign up for our study programme you will choose a vocational core subject that will help you enter your chosen area of work.

We will always attempt to create a personalised course for all students who are committed to studying at Bosco. If you show us that you are willing to learn then we will do everything we can to design a course that meets your needs. There are various starting points on your learning journey depending on your previous qualifications and any specific emotional or learning needs:

  • Supported Internship

  • Diamond

  • Level 3

 

Supported Internship

If you have more complex needs you will be supported into the world of work through an extended work placement in either one of our business activities or in a partner organisation.

 

Diamond – A Stepping Stone to a Brighter Future

This is a flexible programme that aims to enable students to achieve a full Level 2 qualification. Many of you will join us from Year 11 with a very mixed profile of qualifications ranging from ungraded to GCSE in English, maths and a range of other subjects.

 

When you first come to Bosco we will work out what is the best level to start you on. Depending on the results of this process we will either start you on a Level 2 programme or on our Access to Learning Programme.

Access to Learning

This course has been designed to get you back into the habit of learning. It is a level one 12 week intensive foundation programme that has been designed to re engage you and prepare you for a full level 2 course.

 

Students will choose one Intensive Foundation Courses:

• Child Care

• Employability

• Customer Service

 

In addition students will follow a programme that includes:

• Entry level/ level 1 English and maths

• European Computer Driving Licence

• Personal Development

 

Level 2

This is a full-time course that involves you studying English, maths, ICT, personal development, work experience and one of the following vocational subjects:

• Business

• Information Technology (Digital Pathways)

• Child Care

• Health and Social Care 

• Digital Media

• Sport

If you successfully complete this course (including a level 2 English and maths qualification) you can progress onto the Level 3 qualification.

Level 3

Currently you can choose one of the following pathways:

  • Business and Marketing

  • Child Care

  • Digital Media

  • Health and Social Care

  • Information Technology

  • Sport and Physical Activity

In order to start on a Level 3 course you need to have achieved at least a grade 4 in GCSE English and maths or have passed the Level 2 Functional Skills in both subjects.

All vocational pathways include work placements that will give you experience of the world of work. Most assignments are written with support from professionals from the workplace and they are available to help you with your studies.

Course List

Cambridge Technicals in Business

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 for students aged sixteen plus. They are designed with the workplace and progression to higher education in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels at level 3. Qualifications at levels 2 and 3 have a mixture of internal and external assessments.

LEVEL 2 Certificate in Business

Our Level 2 Business course aims to develop your understanding and skills of the essentials of the business industry. You will gain an insight into the business sector and develop applied knowledge and practical skills in business administration, retail and customer service sectors.

Designed in collaboration with industry experts, the qualifications focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand.

You will learn about the principles of working in a business environment and gain a good understanding of the role of an administrator. You will also learn about the role of social media and communications in business.

When you complete this qualification, you will have the skills to either start a job in business administration, start an apprenticeship or progress onto the level 3 course.

LEVEL 3 Diploma in Business (Marketing)

This is a two year full time course that will lead to a diploma in Business. This course will help you to achieve your potential and progress to the next stage of your life, whether that is higher education, an apprenticeship or employment.

In developing the content of this qualification OCR consulted with universities, employers and industry specialists to make sure that you will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century.

You will be assessed through a combination of external and centre assessed units including practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities.

This course focuses on the marketing pathway and will give you a broad understanding of the requirements of this field of work.

You will learn the about business and the skills necessary to work in a business environment. You will gain an understanding of what businesses need to change and how decisions are made. You will also develop project management skills.

The marketing pathway will introduce you to marketing and market research and you will be expected to develop a marketing strategy and campaign for real businesses.

When you complete this qualification, you will have the skills to either start a job in business administration, start a higher-level apprenticeship or progress into higher education.

Essential digital Skills

Early Years Educator (Child Care)

Our Child Care students study for practical qualifications that will allow them to start work in a nursery or early years setting directly they have completed their qualification. At Bosco we run our own commercial nursery, so our students have unprecedented access to a real work environment throughout your course.

The City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

This course meets the Department for Education’s Level 2 full and relevant criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner for those working in the early years workforce in England.

We will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of working with babies and young children from birth to 7 years and will support you to develop the practical and technical skills needed to work with children up to the age of 5 years.  

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

To achieve this qualification you will be required to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of early years education and care, including that you can support and promote children's early education and development.

Topics that will study include:
• child development
• professional development
• safeguarding children
• diversity, equality and inclusion
• positive behaviour and transitions
• working in partnership
• promoting children’s speech, language and communication
• theories underpinning practice
• supporting children’s activities.

Early Years Educator

Cambridge Technicals in Information Technology (Digital Pathway)

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 for students aged sixteen plus. They are designed with the workplace and progression to higher education in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels at level 3. Qualifications at levels 2 and 3 have a mixture of internal and external assessments.

LEVEL 2 Cambridge Technical in IT

This course will develop your understanding and skills of the essentials of IT and cyber security. You will gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations. Designed in collaboration with industry experts, the qualifications focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand.

Thanks to a broad range of centre-assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on the Essentials of IT and Essentials of Cyber Security, these are focused qualifications.

LEVEL 3 Cambridge Technical in IT

This qualification will help you develop your potential and progress to the next stage of your life, whether that’s higher education, an apprenticeship or employment.

The content is refreshing, exciting up to date, engaging, fit for purpose and suitable for the needs of the IT industry. There are an extensive range of centre-assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on the Fundamentals of IT, Global Information, Cyber Security, and Cloud Technology.

Cambridge Technicals in IT

Cambridge Technicals in Sport and Physical Activity

Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 for students aged sixteen plus. They are designed with the workplace and progression to higher education in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels at level 3. Qualifications at levels 2 and 3 have a mixture of internal and external assessments.

In our Sport course you will learn all things about the body and other external factors around sport. This will be achieved in a relaxed and supportive environment where there will always be support for you while you learn.  Once you have learnt all the basic knowledge you will be encouraged to complete individual learning and develop your confidence.

You will also be encouraged to coach either with our Football Academy or other sporting setting.

Level 2 Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity

This qualification aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of the essentials of sport.  You will gain an insight into the sport and physical activity industry. Designed in collaboration with industry experts the qualifications focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand.

Thanks to a broad range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on physical activity, health and wellbeing and physical preparation and readiness for sport and physical activity these are qualifications focused on getting jobs in the industry. 

Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity

This qualification will help you to achieve their potential and progress to the next stage of your life, whether that’s higher education, an apprenticeship or employment.

We have designed refreshing and exciting content that’s up to date, engaging and fit for purpose.

You will complete a wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities. You will also complete examinations for some units.

Topics covered include:

  • Body systems and the effects of physical activity

  • Sports coaching and activity leadership

  • Sports organisation and development

  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation

  • Practical skills in sport and physical activities

  • Introduction to ESOL

Cambridge Technicals in Sport an Physical Activity

Health and Social Care

 

Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care

Offering an effective introduction to the health and social care sector, this qualification looks at the role the sector plays in the health, wellbeing, and care of individuals. It also introduces students to knowledge and skills needed to work in various care settings. Underpinning the qualification is a focus on person-centred values, rights of individuals, communicating effectively and protecting individuals. Also, supporting individuals through life events and the option to plan and deliver a creative activity or a health promotion campaign. The qualification is designed to help students learn practical skills that can be applied to real-life contexts and work situations, to think creatively, analytically, logically, and critically and develop independence and confidence in using skills that would be relevant to the health and social care sector and more widely.

 

Level 2

Our Level 2 Cambridge Technicals in Health and Social Care qualifications aim to develop your professional and personal skills through interaction with people who either work in the sector or require care or support, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin their skills. You will consider the real impacts to people living with conditions or illnesses such as the social, financial, and psychological impacts, not just the signs, symptoms and treatment of faceless conditions or illnesses. You will also learn about the legislation and guidance supporting health and social care. Designed in collaboration with industry experts, the qualifications focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand. Thanks to a broad range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on Principles of working in health, social care, and childcare; and Health and safety in practice, these are focused qualifications. There are also job role-specific pathways for you to choose from.

 

Level 3

Our Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Health and Social Care qualifications help you to achieve your potential and progress to the next stage of your lives, whether that’s higher education, an apprenticeship or employment. We have consulted with universities, employers, and industry specialists to make sure your students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century. An extensive range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on: Equality, diversity, and rights; Health, safety, and security; Anatomy and physiology; Personalisation and person centered approach; Safeguarding and Research methods, has resulted in focused qualifications. Depending on the size chosen, these qualifications can either complement a Key Stage 5 study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or A Levels, or may make up the bulk of a two-year study programme. Our Diplomas have vocational pathways within them that you can follow (one pathway must be achieved).

Health and Social Care

Cambridge Technical in Digital Media

Media is an ever growing and expanding industry, where you will constantly be adapting and learning new skills and technologies. In the exciting world of Media there is so much to experience, through the eyes of a lens, exploring sound, understanding pre-production/post-production, and getting to edit a vast amount of personal footage.

Media consists of many entities such as Advertisement, blogging, vlogging, creating entertaining content, presenting a product, making a short film/trailer and many more. There are a plethora of career choices in pre-production (mood boards, set design, location finding), production (Directing, filming, photography, sound creating) and post-production (Editing, continuity, advertising)

In this course you will explore all areas of media and get to experience each section through both theory and practical.

Level 2

Our Level 2 Cambridge Technicals in Digital Media qualifications aim to develop your professional and social skills through interaction with performers, clients, and peers; as well as theoretical and technical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. This will allow your creativity and flair to be harnessed in the design and production of media products used within the industry. Students will develop conceptual ideas and visualise these all the way through the production cycle, from planning and pre-production right through to editing, postproduction, and presentation of products. Designed in collaboration with industry experts, the qualifications focus on the requirements that today’s employers demand. Thanks to a broad range of centre-assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on digital media and emerging technologies, and principles of concept design and pre-production, these are focused qualifications. There are also job role-specific pathways for you to choose from.

Level 3

Our Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Digital Media qualifications help you to achieve your potential and progress to the next stage of your life, whether that’s higher education, an apprenticeship or employment. We have designed refreshing and exciting content that is up to date, engaging, fit for purpose and suitable for your needs. To do this, we have consulted with universities, employers, and industry specialists to make sure your students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century. An extensive range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on media products and audiences, pre-production and planning, social media and globalisation, and research for product development has resulted in focused qualifications. Depending on the size chosen, these qualifications either complement a Key Stage 5 study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or A Levels, or may make up the bulk of a two-year study programme.

Digital Media

Introduction to ESOL

In our ESOL course you will learn English in a relaxed and supportive environment. Our course is topic-based and each lesson you will learn new language and gain practice in all four skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking. The classes are very small and intimate which means you can progress at your own pace. We prepare you for the City and Guilds ESOL Skills for Life exam suite.

As we have relationships with local organisations, we also incorporate voluntary work into our ESOL programme and often take part in projects with local museums and art galleries. We also try to go on various cultural trips, using London as a resource.

 

By studying ESOL you can improve your English language skills, increase your confidence to be able to take part in everyday life situations in the UK and gain more opportunities for further study or work.

Career opportunities/areas of further study

Whilst some go straight into the workplace, most of our students go on to other learning environments to take courses in vocational subjects to prepare them for a career in the UK.

Level:

Entry 1

Hours of study per week: 

12

Exam Board:

 City and Guilds

ESOL

Introduction to English Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills

If you have really struggled with GCSE English, this level of study provides a far more accessible route to gaining useful and widely recognised qualifications in the subject. As the overall title of these courses suggests, the material covered is relatable to real world scenarios and texts that occur in everyday situations. No more 19th century literary extracts to analyse!

By studying Functional Skills English you can progress to gaining a Level 2 qualification which is accepted, in many jobs/colleges, as an equivalent to a GCSE grade 4.

Career opportunities/areas of further study: Level 2 Functional Skills could enable you to apply for courses/job opportunities that traditionally required a minimum of GCSE grade 4.

Level:

1 and 2 

Hours of study per week: 

3 hours

Topics Covered:

Reading:

2 unseen modern day texts, with a range of short answer questions designed to test understanding of content, purpose and audience, layout and some identification of language features.  Exam assessment.

Writing:

2 longer writing tasks, one formal and one informal.   Exam assessment.

Speaking: 

Listening and Communicating: 3 tasks – a presentation, an informal discussion and a formal debate.   Internal assessment.

Functional Skills English

English GCSE

If you still need that elusive grade 4 (or above!), then this may be the course for you. Small class sizes, and a more relaxed approach to some of those tricky texts and questions, could be the answer for you if you’re prepared to work hard and cover a lot of material in the relatively short time we have.

 

By studying GCSE English you can give yourself that metaphorical passport to a whole wealth of further study and/or employment opportunities. It will also enhance your language skills and widen your vocabulary, so that you can impress friends, family and potential employers alike. In turn your confidence in unfamiliar and stressful situations, such as interviews, should improve.

 

Career opportunities/areas of further study: Most areas of further study will require a grade 4, or above, in English and Maths, so these subjects are essential if you are intending to pursue this option.

Hours of study per week: 

3 hours total

Topics Covered:

Reading:

Reading:  19th, 20th and 21st century texts.  

Exam Board:  OCR

Assessment:  Exam

Writing:

Writing: Fiction and Non-Fiction.  Exam assessment.

Exam Board:  OCR

Assessment:  Exam

Speaking: 

Speaking and listening.  Internal assessment

Exam Board:  OCR

Assessment:  Internal Assessment

English GCSE

Functional Skills Mathematics (City and Guilds)

In this course you will learn how to use mathematics in functional real-life scenarios, for you to apply to your job or help in moving on to further education.

 

By studying FS Maths you can improve your number skills, interpreting of data and problem solving strategies. It gives you

Career opportunities/areas of further study:  A L2 in FS Maths is equivalent to a C (or ‘4’) in GCSE maths so will enable you to progress onto A-level or will aid you in getting a job.

 

Level:

Entry 1 up to L2

Hours of study per week: 

3 hours

Topics Covered:

Number, measures shape and space, information and data, problem solving.

Assessment:

At all levels there is a non-calculator paper and a calculator paper (to be taken one after the other in the same sitting). There is the opportunity to do it paper-based or on computer.

Exam Board:

 City and Guilds

Functional Skills Maths

GCSE Mathematics (OCR)

In this resit course we will cover those subjects you may have found tricky the first time around- look together at exam questions and technique and look to achieve a grade 4/5.

 

By studying GCSE Maths you can improve your number skills, interpreting of data and problem solving strategies. By hopefully gaining a grade 4 or 5 at the end you will be able to move on to A-level or level 3 course

 

Career opportunities/areas of further study:  A grade 4 or 5 in GCSE maths  will enable you to progress onto A-level or will aid you in getting a job.

Level:

GCSE Foundation

Hours of study per week: 

3 + some studying between lessons where possible

Topics Covered:

Number, Algebra, Graphs, Ratio, Shapes + Area, Probability + statistics

Assessment:

There are 3 papers (2 calculator and 1 non-calculator) which are to be sat on 20th May (Paper 1), 7th June (Paper 2), and 13th June (Paper 3)

Exam Board:

 OCR

GCSE Maths

BCS Essential Digital Skills

This course will give you the skills and knowledge required to be able to use digital technology to complete everyday tasks in college, at home and in the workplace. There are five skills areas:

  • Using devices and handling information

  • Creating and editing

  • Communicating

  • Transacting

  • Being safe and responsible online.

Essential Digital Skills

Enrichment Programme

Our enrichment programme is designed to equip students with the softer skills needed for employment including communication, problem solving, creativity, teamwork and leadership.

All students are expected to complete at least one week of work experience.

 

Personal Development runs throughout the year and will develop themes around:

  • British Values

  • Global Issues

  • Health and personal wellness

  • Finance

  • Employability

 

In the Spring term we will run “Mindfulness” sessions that allow the students to relax

and reflect on their lives through practical activities such as candle making, woodwork, gardening, painting and make up skills.

 

In the Summer term we will arrange an extended enterprise activity where all students will plan, and implement our Summer Fair. Proceeds from the fair will be used to improve student leisure facilities at the college.

 

Regularly throughout the year we hold an activity and celebration day that is jointly planned with the Bosco Student Council.

 

All students are offered career advice and guidance sessions and access to the Xello careers education programme

Enrichment Programme