About the course

This course is suitable for applicants who are unsure which vocational route they would like to pursue as a career and/or need to further develop English, maths and ICT. The aim of this course is to explore a range of vocational subjects and to develop the skills and knowledge required to pursue further education in a vocational subject at Level 1 and then beyond. All students receive regular tutorial support.

What you will study

The course is delivered over one year and students are required to achieve all components of the course to achieve and progress onto their chosen pathway. The main components include:

  • Vocational tasters
  • Functional Skills (English, maths, ICT)
  • Personal and Social Development (PSD)
  • Work Skills

Vocational tasters will include:

  • Catering (compulsory)
  • Carpentry
  • Horticulture
  • Business Administration
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Sport

Students will be required to develop an understanding of vocational subject knowledge whilst at the same time develop their skills in English, maths and ICT. In addition students will develop employability skills through the PSD and Work Skills aspect of the course.

The programme will be supported by appropriate educational visits in which all students will be expected to participate.


  • Assessment is continuous and consists of collating material for portfolios, observation of practical skills and successful completion of 3 functional skills exams
  • The course team will review students’ progress formally throughout the year in relation to the course aims and their individual development targets

Entry requirements

  • Successful Initial Assessment of English at Entry 3 and Maths at Entry 2 plus basic IT skills
  • Evidence of excellent attendance and timekeeping at school. Applicants will need to supply an Educational, Health and Care Plan or similar evidence and a report from their most recent school or training establishment

Moving forward

  • Students will be required to achieve heir accreditation, show commitment to their course, and appropriate behavior throughout the year in order to progress onto a higher level vocational course or employability study programme

Additional information

  • Steel toe-capped boots are required for workshop sessions, overalls for motor vehicle and suitable shoes and clothing for sport, and food service

If you would prefer to apply via a paper application form, this can be downloaded here. All paper applications should be sent to Dimitrios Alexiou, London South East Colleges, Bromley Campus, Nido Volans Centre, Rookery Lane, Bromley BR2 8HE.

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