Technical Certificates

Vocational / technical subjects have a work-related focus and cover some of the knowledge and practical skills required for a particular employment sector.

School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.


  • 12 computers
  • Resources of current travel and tourism materials
  • Up-to –date journals and magazines

Useful Links

Travel and tourism [all levels]

  •  -   VisitBritain is Britain’s national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain’s visitor economy. Students will find current statistics and data required for coursework assessments at both Level 2 and 3.
  •  - Inspiration and information for planning UK vacations. Places to visit, things to do, travel advice and accommodation throughout Britain
  •  - The Office for National Statistics provides current data and statistics for travel and transport.


  • – Information on Government and services

Construction / ICT (BCS)

Btec Construction Level 1 course is graded

  • Pass or
  • Fail

The couse incorporates a Level 2 BCS, ICT qualification, graded

  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction
  • Distinction*

Course Outline

The construction course covers the more common building trades – brickwork, carpentry, joinery, painting and decorating and has a considerable practical content allowing students to develop basic skills and gain an understanding of the construction industry.

Each week, a specialist mobile class room will arrive at school, with its own tutor, and will accommodate a maximum of nine students who will do most of their work outdoors for 2 hours each week. The selected students will have an induction into the course during the second half of the summer term.

Students must be prepared to participate, whatever the weather!  Classes continue, under shelter, through all weathers outside, with the occasional theory session indoors. For 1 hour per fortnight, the students will work on a vocational ICT course developing their skills using Microsoft Office software.

What skills students will develop

You will learn what skills and trades are needed to design and construct a building project and how they work together. Various projects will be completed to provide evidence for their portfolio of evidence.

How students are assessed

The course is assessed by observation of your practical skills and your write‐up of each unit leading to a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction.  There are no final examinations in this course. All practical work has to be completed to support the final grade awarded. The ICT course will be online practical examinations with a 75% pass rate, to achieve the full qualification 4 online examinations will need to be completed.

Further Education

This course would lead into NVQ/BTEC L2 courses in any of the trades covered within the course depending on the entry requirements expected by a College.

NCFE Courses

We offer two courses for students to study.

The approach with these options is more practical compared to a GCSE. 75% of the course is assessed by portfolios and 25% through an examination.

The NCFE courses require students to be well organised and have a real interest in these career paths. It is important that students have the skils to work in a team and manage their time effctively.

Students will work through school based and externally set coursework assignments, applying the following approaches

  • Research
  • Planning
  • Understanding practical tasks
  • Review and evaluation

The Level 2 NCFE courses are graded

  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction
  • Distinction*

NCFE Health & Fitness

The course objectives:

This qualification is designed for students with an interest in health and fitness. It will provide students with the opportunity to develop and practise their own fitness programme.

  • Prepare, plan and develop a personal health and fitness programme.
  • Understand the benefits of fitness.
  • Know the functions of the main body systems.
  • Understand the benefits of a healthy balanced diet and how it affects lifestyles.

How students are assessed

One 2 hour external examination

  • Preparing and Planning for Health and Fitness. (25%)

3 individual portfolios, responding to the briefs provided by the exam board, these will focus on:

  • Principles of Health and Fitness. (25%)
  • Healthy Lifestyles. (25%)
  • Developing a personal health and fitness programme. (25%)

Further Education

Beyond this course students could progress into a career within the Health & Fitness industry or an apprenticeship programme.

NCFE Food & Cookery

Level 2 course. Pass to Distinction * (GCSE equivalent of C to A*)
The skills students will develop:

  • Prepare and cook using basic skills.
  • Understand food and its functions in the body and in recipes.
  • Understand balanced diets and modification of recipes for health.
  • Plan and produce dishes for a purpose.

Throughout the course, students will need to show evidence of

  • planning,
  • researching,
  • communicating their findings,
  • problem solving
  • keeping in mind Health & Safety practices.

How students are assessed:

Students are required to successfully complete 3 Course work units, focusing on the following topics,

  • Preparing to Cook (25%)
  • Understanding food (25%)
  • Plan and Produce Dishes in Response to a Brief (25%)

There is also a 2 hour external examination (25%)

  • Exploring Balanced Diets

Further Education

This qualification offers students the opportunity progress into further education or apprenticeships. It will give students a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in the food industry.