Vocational Studies (BTEC Level 1)

What is the Course About?

Faculty: Wellbeing

Department: Foundation Learning

Course Tutor: Kayleigh Quilliam

This is a one-year programme of study offering you the opportunity to investigate 4 manadatory units, which include Being Organised, Developing a personal progression plan, Working with others and Researching a topic. Whilst investigating different vocational areas, for example: Applied Science, Business, Sport, Digital Media, Art & Design, Hospitality, Performing Arts (Music) and Information Technology.

Through studying a variety of vocational options, it is hoped that you will widen your knowledge, enabling you to make informed career choices.

What will I study?

Alongside the vocational units of study you will also have the opportunity to improve your functional skills in Maths and English. The appropriate level will depend on your current GCSE grade or as a result from an initial assessment.

Days and hours of attendance

Approximatley 16 hours a week. Days and times will vary depending on the subjects you choose.

Specialist uniform and/or kit required


What Happens Next

1. Once you apply online, we will send you an email so you know we have received your application.

2. If you are new to UCM, you will be asked to attend an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you find out more about UCM and the course you've applied for, and we find out more about you.

After your ISA, we will either:

* make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

* make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

* place you on a waiting list, if the course is already full (if this is the case, we will also advise you to apply for another course, just in case);

* suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you.

Once you have a place, you will be asked in to enrol in person.

Information Sharing Appointment (ISA)

Which campus

Homefield Road Campus

Timetable and what to expect


What to wear

Casual clothes

What to bring

Note Pad and Pens.

Useful links

Course Fee PolicyStudent Awards (Grants)Free School MealsBusesInternational ApplicationsChildcare SupportStudent Emergency Fund

What are my progression and career options?

If you are successful in achieving a Merit from the learning objectives, have a good attitude and good attendance,you may apply for a Level 2 course to further enhance your skills.

You could also look for employment in various sectors including retail and social care or voluntary work.

How will I be assessed?

You will be internally assessed by a portfolio of evidence and if appropriate, functional skills exams.

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements, however it is ideal for you to have at least entry Level 3 in English and Maths.