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Work Related Learning (WRL) covers a wide range of subjects which are specifically aimed at students developing skill ready for further education or future employment.

KEY STAGE 4 (KS4) COURSES 

BTEC L1/2 Engineering (GCSE equivalent Pass Merit Distinction)

BTEC L1/2 Tech award in Engineering (GCSE equivalent Pass Merit Distinction)

Ncfe L1/2 Certificate in Food and Cookery (GCSE equivalent Pass Merit Distinction)

BTEC L1/2 Business (GCSE equivalent Pass Merit Distinction)

BTEC L1/2 Tech award in Enterprise (GCSE equivalent Pass Merit Distinction)

 

L2 certificate in Financial Education (GCSE equivalent A-C grade)

The qualification As a Technical Award, the Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education (CeFE) is primarily designed for students aged 14–16 and provides an introduction to, and preparation for, further study through developing an understanding of the economy, financial management skills, employability and enterprise.

The content covered, and skills developed, within the qualification ensure that it is a valuable part of a broad programme of study at Key Stage 4, particularly complementing GCSEs in Mathematics, Citizenship, and Business Studies. Beyond Key Stage 4, it can also complement A Level programmes or vocational programmes at Level 2 or 3 as an additional course of study that broadens and deepens understanding of the financial context of other content areas.

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BTEC TECH AWARD in ENTERPRISE

The enterprise sector

Enterprise is an important part of the business sector and plays a major role in the UK’s global economic status. 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 around 14.4 million people. In 2015, small- and medium-sized enterprises contributed £24bn to the UK economy.

 

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE and is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about enterprise and entrepreneurship. You will learn about the ideas, mindsets and successes of enterprises and entrepreneurs. You will learn about planning, finance, including cash flows, and how to take a product to market. You will develop an idea for a small enterprise of your own and plan how best to set it up and fund it. You will work with others in order to run a small enterprise, using your knowledge and building your entrepreneurial skills.

During the course you will also develop important skills that are useful in any industry, such as problem solving, decision making, innovation, project management, team working and communication. You will also take part in an enterprising activity running the BBA Christmas Market.

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GCSE Design & Technology (Product Design)

 

Examination Board: WJEC

Assessment:  Exam 50%, Controlled Assessment Task 50%

What Will You Learn?  

Students will learn all aspects of design and technology then will specialise in a material area.  

On this course you will:  

  • Solve problems in a creative way using a variety of materials and techniques
  • Design and make a prototype that meets a set design brief
  • Use a combination of wood, metal, plastic and smart materials
  • Use CAD/CAM – Utilising design software such as 2D design and Pro DESKTOP including use of the laser cutter

Who Is This Course For? (This Will Suit You If…)  

  • You enjoy being creative
  • You have an imaginative way of solving problems
  • You are good at visualising 3D concepts
  • You are skilled in practical work
  • You enjoy using machinery and tools

What Happens When You Finish? (Career Pathway)  

  • A Level ‐ Product Design, Graphic Design and 3D Design
  • Degree ‐ Product Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Civil engineering, Automotive engineering, Industrial Design
  • Possible Careers  ‐  Product Designer, Furniture Designer, Jewellery Designer, Automotive Designer, Architect, Engineer manufacturing, and many more.

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GCSE Design & Technology (Textiles)

Examination Board: WJEC

Assessment:  Exam 50%, Controlled Assessment Task 50%

What Will You Learn?  

Students will learn all aspects of design and technology then will specialise in a material area.  

On this course you will:  

  • Learn how to successfully design and make a textile product, from interiors to fashion
  • Work to a range of exciting briefs that will develop your practical skills and confidence when making products for different target markets
  • Learn how products are made in industry, and will have an understanding of construction

Who Is This Course For? (This Will Suit You If…)  

  • You enjoy being creative, solving problems and have a flair for design
  • You enjoy crafts and making products from fabric
  • You are interested in a future career as a textile designer, interior designer or fashion designer, E‐ textiles
  • If you like working to different project briefs to suit different clients
  • You are skilled in practical work

What Happens When You Finish? (Career Pathway)  

  • A Level ‐ Textiles
  • Degree ‐ BA Hons in Textile Design, Fashion Design, Jewellery, Footwear, Costume Design, Decorative Arts, Fashion Management, Surface Pattern and many more.
  • Possible Careers  ‐  A fabric designer for fashion or interiors, costume designer for theatre, film or TV, fashion designer, hat designer/milliner, weave or knitwear designer, footwear designer, stylist and many more.

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KEY STAGE 5 (KS5) COURSES 

Certificate in Financial Studies (AS equivalent)

Diploma in Financial Studies (A2 equivalent)

BTEC L3 Engineering (AS/A2 equivalent)

Enterprise & Social Enterprise

All students studying Design and Technology will have opportunities to carry out enterprising activities and be involved with social enterprise.

The department also works closely with other subject areas to deliver enterprise activities for all year groups not only through curriculum enhancement days.