Courses

Who are these courses for?

Level 2 provision at Priestley is aimed at those young people who have not achieved 5 GCSE Grade A* to C or Grade 4 or above in Year 11. These courses will also help to prepare you for one of our Level 3 Diploma or AS / A-Level programmes or for apprenticeships or employment with further training.

What will I study?

More than 50% of your programme will be made up of a vocational specialism leading to either a BTEC Level 2 or OCR Level 2 qualification. The current options available at Priestley are:

Art and Design

You will be able to explore and develop your ideas and produce final outcomes in a project that takes place at the end of the year. You will experience projects in graphics, textiles, fine art and 3D design.

Business

You will study customer service, communications, finance and selling. You will also get the chance to learn about the travel and tourism industry.

Health and Social Care

You will study a range of units including communication, individual rights and needs, and health and safety. Additional options include the opportunity to gain vocational experience in a Health and social care setting, research and nutrition.

ICT

This course includes units which explore communicating in the IT industry, working in the IT industry, computer systems, customising software, computer graphics, mobile communications technology and spreadsheet modelling.

Media Studies

During this course you will study units which will introduce you to basic techniques of print production, photography, television and film and there is one unit which involves the detailed study of a media product of your own choice.

Public Services

This course will let you explore a range of units, some practical such as land navigation and sport taught outside the classroom, whilst inside the classroom you will learn about public service skills and the effects crime can have on society.

Sport

The units on this programme cover fitness testing and training, practical sport, anatomy and physiology, planning and leading sports activities, psychology and nutrition for sport and exercise and fitness instruction.

Your Programme Extras

Alongside your main vocational programme you will be able to take one or more of the following:

GCSE English and Maths

English and/or Maths up to GCSE. Every student who does not have a GCSE Grade 4 (Grade C pre 2017) or above in English and/or Maths will have to work towards achieving a Grade 4 whilst some students with a Grade 4 could choose to aim to improve to a Grade 5 or above. For those with a Grade 3 this will mean taking a one year re-sit programme whilst those with less than a Grade 3 will be able to take a pre- GCSE course to develop your skills. To help us place you on the right English and/or Maths programme all students without a GCSE grade 4 in English and/or Maths will be required to take specialist diagnostic assessments. (see page xx for details of GCSE provision)

The Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)

Many students who already have a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths will also be able to take the HPQ. This course will help to develop your all round study and research skills based around a personal project of your own choice. If you make an excellent start to your time at Priestley you may be able to take this at AS Level (the Extended Project qualification) to give you a real head start when you move on to Level 3 work.

Work Placement and Work Related Learning

All students taking a Level 2 vocational programme will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of work related learning activities. These will include visits to and from relevant employers and the opportunity to take up work placement opportunities that will be organised and monitored by the college. You will also benefit from trips and visits related to your chosen area of study and from a broad range of visiting speakers including past successful students.

Enrichment Activities

All students at Priestley are able to take part our broad range of enrichment activities including sport teams, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and performance groups.

How will you be assessed?

Most of the vocational Level 2 programmes are assessed through coursework and external assessments. However some programmes are assessed through coursework alone. For your coursework assessments a variety of methods will be used including written work, oral presentations, posters, group tasks and where appropriate practical performance.

What skills and special qualifications will I need?

You should have a range of GCSEs at Grade D/E or 3/2 in English and Math with at least one GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 and an average GCSE score of 3 or better. You will also need to have a keen interest in your chosen vocational area and be determined to succeed.

 

The majority of students who complete our Level 2 programme progress to one of our Level 3 courses. To progress to Level 3 you will need to obtain merit grades in your vocational programme and make good progress where appropriate in English and/or Maths and have a good attendance record. Other students progress directly into employment with training or to a range of apprenticeships.

English Qualifications

GCSE

If you obtain a 3 at GCSE English you will be able to work towards achieving a grade 4 on our one-year resit course. If you achieve a Grade 4 you will be able to take the re-sit programme aiming to improve to a Grade 5 or better if you wish as some universities will require a Grade 5 or 6 for some degree courses.

Pre-GCSE / Functional Skills

If you obtain less than a Grade 3 or you need further support to develop your confidence and skills in English, we offer a one-year course designed to focus on aspects of reading, writing, speaking and listening. This will support you in your wider learning at Priestley and prepare you for our GCSE resit programme. You will obtain a Level 1 or Level 2 Functional skills qualification.

Maths Qualifications

GCSE

If you obtain a GCSE Grade $ you will be able to take our one-year resit course. . If you achieve a Grade 4 you will be able to take the re-sit programme aiming to improve to a Grade 5 or better if you wish as some universities will require a Grade 5 or 6 for some degree courses.

Free Standing Maths Qualification

If you obtain less than a Grade 3 GCSE you will be able take our Functional Skills Level 1 or Level 2 course. If you make good progress you will be able to move on to the GCSE resit programme the following year.

GCSE Science

This course is suitable for those students who have achieved a GCSE Grade D in core science or separate science. topics include; nerves and hormones, evolution, metals and their uses, changes in the earth and its atmosphere, generating electricity. You will also carry out practical work in the form of a controlled assessment which will count towards your final exam grade. There will be three exams at the end of the year – one in each of Chemistry, Physics and Biology. This course would allow you to progress onto our BTEC Applied Science Level 3 course.

Languages for Beginners

We currently offer a range of Beginner Language courses in French, German and Spanish. You can take these if you want to improve your language skills or start a new language from scratch.