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Skills for Vocational Studies Level 1

Our Skills for Vocational Studies (formally Skills for Tomorrow) is one year full time Level 1 course starting in September.

Skills for Vocational Studies Level 1 provides an opportunity to achieve an OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies and is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to progress onto a Level 2 vocational qualification.

The course is an ideal starting point and provides an introduction into the following three subjects - Business, Digital (IT) and Health and Social Care. You will study a different subject each term to understand more about each subject and to help you make any informed decision about progressing onto a Level 2 programme.

In order to complete a full Study Programme, which is required by the Department for Education for 16-19 year old students are not yet at a Level 2 standard, you will also study Functional Skills in English and Maths and will be required to undertake work experience and get involved in various enrichment activities offered at the college.

You do not need to have GCSEs in order to join the course and upon successful completion you will be able to progress to a Level 2 qualification in a range of vocational courses offered at Richmond upon Thames College.

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What will I study?

The course has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to progress to vocational study, in any sector. It offers an opportunity to develop essential learning skills along with vocational units from a range of sectors for example Business, Digital and Health and Social Care. This will enable you to develop a firm foundation for successful progression to Level 2 vocational qualifications. You will also study maths and English as part of your study programme.

What formal entry requirements will I need?

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification.

What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

On completion of the OCNLR Level 1 Qualifications in Skills for Vocational Studies learners will have the required skills and knowledge in learning and vocational areas to progress to the OCNLR Level 2 Qualifications in Skills for Professions, in a vocational area of their choice, or any other vocational qualification at Level 2.

The qualifications form the first step in a clear progression route through to vocational learning or higher education.

Alternatively, learners may progress to employment in entry level roles.

Are there any costs involved?

This course is free for all 16-19 year olds who have no former Level 1 qualification

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