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BTEC Level 1 Certificate / Diploma in Vocational Studies

Welcome to the Progression department
Our department runs all the Foundation learning courses. These are courses at Entry level and Level 1 and are aimed at 16 – 18 year olds who have not achieved grade D or 3 or higher at GCSE. We offer a range of courses, so please click on the links to get more detailed information on the different options.

The Progression department has a suite of classrooms located on the 3rd floor of the building and the experienced teaching team also includes a Head of Department, a Senior Tutor and a Student achievement office. The team work closely to ensure that all students have an individual learning plan to make sure that you have the support you need to achieve and progress.

Progression team

Foundation learning Courses
Entry level/level 1

These are designed for students who are unsure about their future work opportunities, and enables them to experience different subjects in applied areas before deciding on a career or educational pathway. We welcome students with no formal qualifications and varying learning needs who may require additional learning support to complete their studies. Assessments will be completed during interview and induction to identify the most appropriate programme.

Central to the course are units designed to develop the personal and social skills of students including the three functional skills of English, Maths and ICT needed for successful entry to all careers. Entry 2, 3 and Level 1 students extend their study by choosing from a range of applied pathways including:
  • Business
  • Creative arts
  • Health care

Assessment is by coursework and examination.

On completion of this course you will have a variety of progression pathways to choose from including the Level 1 applied Diplomas. Click here for more information on:

Business level 1
Child Care level 1
English plus ESOL Skills for Life

If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry
"Students’ behaviour is very good; they are polite and courteous and show respect to members of staff and their peers”
(Ofsted, April 2016)

“A high proportion of students on study programmes at levels 1 and 2 in vocational subjects make good progress and successfully complete their qualifications”
(Ofsted, April 2016)