Reasons to study this course
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.
What you will need to study this course
You should have a range of GCSEs at Grade D/E or 3/2 in English and Maths 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.
What you will 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.
How you will 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.
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 28 for details of GCSE provision).
Many students who already have a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths will also be able to take the Higher Project Qualiﬁcation. 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.
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. 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.
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.
What the students say
For more information about the Foundation Programme take some time to read through this booklet. It outlines the different options available, the key stills you will develop and what a Foundation Programme can lead onto.