Vocational Choice

Vocational Choice is a two year course designed for young people who have made the decision that they wish to pursue employment on leaving education. They have demonstrated that this is a realistic option for them and are ready to develop the level of independence which will be needed.

The Vocational course consists of a core curriculum delivered two days per week, vocational training in two areas from the list below on one day per week, and vocational experience on one day per week. This is a four day programme; students may wish to add an enrichment day.

Core Curriculum

  • Functional Literacy
  • Functional Numeracy
  • IT

Vocational Training choices

  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Café & Retail
  • Horticulture
  • Premises & Facilities Services

Vocational Experience

This will consist of work experience either at College or with an external employer. Students will be supported by a trained Job Coach.

Students’ therapy needs as indicated in their EHCP will be delivered across the course.

Entry Criteria
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have potential for employment and intend to pursue employment on leaving school or college
  • Applicants will have already taken part in work experience
  • Applicants should be willing to undertake independent travel training
  • Applicants should be able to maintain an attendance rate of >90%
  • Applicants should not have previously attended a very similar course at another college before attending Great Oaks, not should they already have the qualifications offered on our courses
  • NOCN Using Employability Skills Entry Level Certificate
  • NOCN Functional Skills L1 & 2 qualification in literacy, numeracy and IT (if appropriate)
Next Steps
  • A local college course
  • A Vocational Training course at Great Oaks College
  • A supported internship
  • Supported employment

Year 1 - 2

Entry level Certificate

Using Number Skills in the work place
Health and safety procedures in the workplace                                                  Looking and acting the part in the workplace
Traveling to and from work
Action planning to improve performance
Carry out a practical activity in the workplace induction to work

Year 3 - 4

Entry level Diploma

+ 1 (working as a cleaner, catering, horticulture, retail)
Communication skills in the work place
ICT skills in the work place
Writing skills in the work place
Reading skill in the work place
Making a product
Undertaking an enterprise
Using ICT equipment in the work place
Managing Money
Working with others
Follow instructions in the work place
Applying for jobs and courses
Preparing for and taking part in an interview