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Chaucer Subject Intent - Vocational Course

In the Vocational department, we aim to cultivate students by supporting them to make moral, safe and ethical choices in an ever changing and diverse society and develop the skills they require such as research, ability to process data, identify change over time which are all vital for students wishing to pursue a career in further, higher education or employment in the 21st century. Our rationale is to provide a fluid and dynamic knowledge rich KS4 option curriculum, which gives learners, access and progress to further and higher education by providing opportunities for all students in providing, knowledge, skills and experiences including cultural capital that they need to succeed within life as successful citizens.

We believe raising student aspirations is key, by developing strong links with real life businesses and their context through the curriculum to give students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to everyday work contexts, for example we utilise local entrepreneurs from the local area like Jenx and Jiraffe to share their experiences of the business sector. Vocational subjects do not limit progression options, because the skills acquired are applicable to a range of future pathways and supports the trust context of providing students with life chances and dreams. We provide students with skills that will be required of them in the world of work which will enable them to achieve economic well being in the wide range of sectors that value the qualifications we offer. Furthermore, we aim to deliver challenging and progressive programmes of study with appropriate levels of success criteria, which equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to assess and adapt to issues that may arise in the ever-changing world in which they live

We would like to inspire future health professionals, entrepreneurs, child care specialists and media developers, etc where we will engage, motivate and prepare students through a logical engaging curriculum that is systematically revisited to enhance progression. We will promote the importance of a healthy work lifestyle, where students fully understand how to be effective in their chosen vocation, remain safe and as a result they will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to develop a healthy mind-set. We will work together with our students to promote respect and equality at all times.

Curriculum overview 

BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise

The BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise is a course designed for students who wish to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, behaviours and skills related to researching, planning, pitching and reviewing an enterprise idea. Enterprise is an important part of the business sector and play’s a major role in the UK’s global economic status.  Demand for employment in these areas is likely to continue to rise and expand, playing a key role in UK society.  It is important that our learners develop the key transferable skills to fill these careers.  The role of entrepreneurs is to help create wealth for the nation and its citizens through the creation of enterprises that innovate and grow the economy.  There are nearly 5 million such businesses in the UK, employing about 14.4 million people.  In 2015, small and medium enterprises contributed to £24 billion in the UK economy. 

Enterprise is a thoroughly interactive learning experience, and students learn by researching and taking part in enterprise activities.   Learners will be given the opportunity to develop an idea for a small enterprise activity and plan how best to set it up and fund it.  Learners will work together, developing their key important skills which are useful in any industry, such as problem solving, decision making, innovation, project management, team working and communication.  Our learners are also given the opportunity to plan their finances, including cash flows and how to take a product to market. 

The course is divided in to the following three components;

Component 1 – Exploring Enterprises (Internally assessed - 30% weighting)

  • Investigate the characteristics of two local enterprises.
  • Exploring how market research helps enterprises to meet customer needs and understand competitor behaviour.
  • Investigating the internal and external factors that contribute to the success of a local enterprise.

Component 2 – Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity (Internally assessed - 30% weighting)

  • Exploring ideas for a local micro-enterprise activity.
  • Planning for a local micro-enterprise activity.
  • Pitching for a micro-enterprise activity.
  • Reviewing the success of the pitch for the micro-enterprise activity.

Component 3 – Promotion and finance for enterprise (Externally assessed - 40% weighting)

  • Demonstrating knowledge of the elements of promotion and financial records.
  • Using promotional and financial information in relation to a given enterprise.
  • Making connections between different factors influencing enterprises.
  • Giving recommendations to enterprises on ways to improve its performance.

BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care

The BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is a course designed for students who wish to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts. The curriculum will develop students’ knowledge and skills to prepare them for Health and Social Care professions. Students will enhance transferable skills used within the sector to support their development in other subject areas and future careers.  

We value the importance of equipping our students with work related knowledge, skills and understanding.  Therefore, this is a fundamental part of our curriculum and as a department, our ambition is to ensure that learning is brought to life for our students by engaging with employers and external agencies wherever possible. These opportunities range from working with Universities on taster days, masterclasses and projects, guest speakers from the NHS to visit classes and outline their job roles, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the Volunteering Service for work placements and local nurseries and residential homes. 

For our aspiring health and social care professionals we aim to provide them with a clear pathway enabling them successful and informed progression into these careers. Students who choose a different career path at the end of their time with us, will have developed and refined important vocational skills in our subject area, which will assist them in making a success of whatever their chosen career maybe. 

The course is divided in to the following three components;

Component 1 - Human Lifespan Development (Internally assessed - 30% weighting)

  • Understanding human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it
  • Investigating how individuals deal with life events.

Component 2 - Health and Social Care Services and Values (Internally assessed - 30% weighting)

  • Understanding the different types of health and social care services and barriers to accessing them.
  • Demonstrating care values and review own practice.

Component 3 - Health and Wellbeing (Externally assessed - 40% weighting)

  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of factors that affect health and wellbeing.
  • Interpreting health indicators.
  • Designing a person-centred health and wellbeing improvement plan.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of how to overcome obstacles relating to health and wellbeing improvement plans.

BTEC Tech Award in Creative Media Production

The BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is a course designed for students who wish to acquire knowledge and skills through vocational contexts. The qualification focuses on students applying the learned knowledge and processes related to investigating, exploring and creating media products.

The course is divided in to the following three components;

Component 1 - Exploring Media Products (Internally assessed - 30% weighting)

  • Investigating media products.
  • Exploring how media products are created to provide meaning and engage audiences.

Component 2 - Developing Digital Media Production Skills (Internally assessed - 30% weighting)

  • Developing media production skills and techniques.
  • Applying media production skills and techniques.
  • Reviewing own progress and development of skills and practices.

Component 3 - Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief (Externally assessed - 40% weighting)

  • Understanding how to develop ideas in response to a brief.
  • Developing planning materials in response to a brief.
  • Applying media production skills and techniques to the creation of a media product.
  • Creating and refining a media product to meet the requirements of a brief.

OCR Child Development

The OCR Child Development is a course designed for students who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in child development. It is designed with both practical and theoretical elements.

The course is divided in to the following units;

R018: Health and well-being for child development (Externally assessed)

  • Understanding reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood.
  • Understanding antenatal care and preparation for birth.
  • Understanding postnatal checks, postnatal provision and conditions for development.
  • Understanding how to recognise, manage and prevent childhood illnesses.
  • Knowledge about child safety.

R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years (Internally assessed)

  • Understand the key factors when choosing equipment for babies from birth to 12 months.
  • Understand the key factors when choosing equipment for children from one to five years.
  • Know the nutritional guidelines and requirements for children from birth to five years.
  • Be able to investigate and develop feeding solutions for children from birth to five years.

R020: Understand the development of a child from birth to five years (Internally assessed)

  • Understand the physical, intellectual and social developmental norms from birth to five years.
  • Understand the benefits of learning through play.
  • Be able to plan different play activities for a chosen developmental area with a child from birth to five years.
  • Be able to carry out and evaluate different play activities for a chosen developmental area with a child from birth to five years.