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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.