BTEC Vocational and Personal Social Studies Level 1

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Education and Training



Mode of Study

Mode of Study
Full Time


Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone

Start Date

Start Date
31 August 2021


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements

In a nutshell

This course is ideal if you’re not sure about college or further education. Not only will it introduce you to college and college life, but it allows you to sample at least two different vocational areas in your first year.

This course is for you if...’re not sure what you want to do next want to see if college is right for you’d like to develop personal and social skills to better prepare you for your working life

What will I be doing?

You'll practise skills and techniques in realistic work-based college environments to give you a flavour of the workplace, including being organised and developing a progression plan, before you complete at least two units from:

  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Digital Media
  • Hospitality
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Services
  • Sport

You'll also study topics that help your personal and social development, including:

  • Dealing with Problems in Daily Life
  • Managing Social Relationships
  • Individual Rights and Responsibilities
  • Community Action
  • Healthy Living
  • Managing Your Own Money
  • Understanding Personal Identity
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Managing Personal Risk
  • Personal and Social Relationships
  • Financial Capability
  • Exploring Career Choices

Throughout the course, you’ll be assessed through assignments and tasks and practical assessments, to ultimately achieve:

  • BTEC Level 1 Award in Vocational Studies
  • BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Personal and Social Development
  • Skills Activities (if you haven't achieved a Grade C or above in Maths and English/Welsh First Language, then you’ll need to attend skills classes alongside your studies)
  • Other relevant qualifications to enhance your skill set

What is expected of me?

There are no formal entry requirements, but you’ll need to be motivated, hardworking and willing to have a go at each of the vocational options. You’ll also need to be committed to full attendance and being punctual for all sessions.

What comes next?

This qualification gives you the chance to develop useful, transferable skills in completing tasks to help you progress to further learning. If you decide one of the vocational areas is for you, you can continue your studies at Level 2 or specialise in a chosen area at Level 1 if you prefer.

Additional information

There may be additional costs during the year for educational visits, and you may need safety equipment for some of the vocational areas. This will be discussed when you choose your vocational options and shouldn’t cost more than £100.00

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
(Full Time)
Start Date: 31 August 2021

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

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