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Vocational Courses

Vocational qualifications provide a practical, real world approach to learning alongside more traditional theory based learning. 

During the course learners will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required for employment or university.

We offer a range of vocational courses, please click on the links below to find out more about each.

BTEC Applied Science

Level of Study

  • Level 3

  • 8 Units (equivalent to 2 A Levels)

 

Description of Course

This course consists of eight units which are adapted to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in a variety of sectors including biomedical sciences and nursing.

Learners will study six mandatory units: Principles and Applications of Science I; Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques; Science Investigation Skills; Laboratory Techniques and their Application; Principles and Applications of Science II; Investigative Project. They will also study a further two units which will support progression to higher education and link with relevant occupational areas.

 

Skills Required

An interest in science and associated professions, a commitment to hard work, reliability, the ability to work as part of a team, the ability to organise your time effectively and lots of enthusiasm.

 

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSE passes including a minimum of 4-4 in Combined Science or 4-4-4 in Triple Science and a grade 4 or above in English Language and Maths.

 

Methods of Assessment

This course is assessed through eight units in total. Five of these units will be internally assessed (coursework). Your coursework tasks may include case studies, information booklets, essays, discussion based exercises and presentations. Three of the units will be externally assessed (two examinations and one written task).

 

Contact Name: Mr T Armstrong

tarmstrong@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

 

Education Progression and Career Opportunities

This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to applied science and related employment after further study at university. However, it also supports learners progressing directly to employment when applying for a range of entry-level industry training programmes and/or Higher Apprenticeships in scientific areas.

BTEC Art and Design

Level of Study:

We offer 3 tiers of the Art and Design course

  • EXTENDED DIPLOMA 13 Units (equivalent to 3 A-Levels)
  • BTEC DIPLOMA  (equivalent to 2 A-Levels)
  • BTEC CERTIFICATE (equivalent to 1 A-Level)

 

Description of Course

The course is designed to be adaptable to your needs, interests and career aspirations: it consists of seven compulsory core units which give learners an introduction to Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design, Communicating through Art and Design, Contextual Influences, Materials and Techniques and Visual Recording. You will study six optional units which provide further opportunities for you to develop your own portfolio of Art work, such areas as, Graphic Design, Photography, Textiles and aspects of Film and Animation.

The course provides a vocational alternative to the traditional A-Level Fine Art course. We recommend that you choose this option if you are significantly better at coursework than examinations and if you do not intend to study any other A-Level courses and wish to build a rich portfolio of Art work in preparation for interviews for further education and or job applications within the Arts industries.

 

Skills Required and Explored

A commitment to hard work; the ability to undertake independent research, meet deadlines and work as part of a team. A strong interest in the visual world, in drawing, painting, sculpture and in using and manipulating different materials, processes and techniques. You will need a willingness to research and develop ideas through observational drawing in addition to the ability to work to deadlines, requiring a high level of motivation. You will also be required to produce in-depth written analysis and research into the work of Artists and Designers.

 

Facilities 

  • 1 studio for general practical work – this is dedicated just to BTEC Art and Design students 
  • 1 large Foyer area for making large drawing and painting work 
  • 3D clay facilities and large front loading kilns 
  • 2 computer areas with fast running PCs all connected to Adobe CC with access to software such as Photoshop/Lightroom/Prem Pro/After Effects/In Design/Nik Software etc 
  • A Photographic studio area and access to a range of high quality lighting facilities as well as DSLR and SLR cameras 
  • Access to 2 darkrooms for traditional analogue photography 
  • A purpose built print making studio with printing facilities for silk screen printing, dry point and collagraph etching, block printing and various mono-printing techniques 
  • A stop frame animation area and still life photography area

 

Trips

We make trips out to different galleries, museums and locations to help develop understanding and awareness of others’ Art work and to gather resources for developing practical work. Places of interest include: 

Tate Modern and Tate Britain (we are members of Tate and we hold free exhibition passes which our students are able to use during the academic year) 

  • Saatchi Gallery 
  • National Gallery 
  • National Portrait Gallery 
  • Hayward Gallery 
  • The Royal Academy

 

Further Education

Over the years we have developed close links with various colleges and universities in order to aid students progressing from BTEC to Foundation courses and onto degree level. We have a Programme of Development developed with both UCA and UAL centres. Guest speakers come to LPGS to discuss future course and careers within the Arts and we also make trips out to FE centres such as Epsom Arts University to give our students a taste of further education.

 

Entry Qualifications

At least 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Art; if this does not include both English and Mathematics, you must enrol on the relevant GCSE retake course.

 

Method of Assessment

Assessment of all units is through assignments which cover the grading criteria for the unit. A variety of assessment methods will be used including coursework, witness statements, presentations and developing and exhibiting your own work. The assignments will be based on realistic scenarios for learners to apply their knowledge and make maximum use of practical activities, with some units externally set and externally assessed.

 

Contact Name: Mr E Fox Joyce, Head of Visual Arts

efoxjoyce@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

 

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

Fine Art, Textiles, Fashion, Accessories, Jewellery, Computer Graphics, Packaging, Illustration, Photography, Film TV Video, Animation, Theatre, Make Up, Special Effects, Architecture, Landscape, Interior Exhibition, Transport, Product, Glass, Ceramics, Precious Metals, Conservation, Restoration, Exhibition Museum and Gallery Work, Teaching, Art Therapy, Community Arts, Art/Design/Culture/Media, Historian or Journalism.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design will allow you to:- 

  • Take a degree or foundation course in an Art related subject 
  • Enter into employment 
  • Go on to further training

BTEC Creative Digital Media - Film and Television Production (EDEXCEL)

Level of Study

Level 3 10 Units (equivalent to 2 A-Levels)

 

Description of Course

The BTEC Diploma in Creative Digital Media – Film and Television Production is a 10 Unit course equivalent to 2 A-Levels. The course is designed to be adaptable to your needs, interests and career aspirations: it consists of four compulsory core units which give learners an introduction to Ideas and Concepts in Film and Television production.

You will study six optional units which provide further opportunities for you to develop your own portfolio of work, such areas as, script writing, studio lighting, animation, storyboarding, film editing. The course provides a vocational alternative to traditional A-Level courses, enabling students to experience real working situations. We recommend that you choose this option if you are significantly better at coursework than examinations and wish to build a rich portfolio of work in preparation for interviews for further education and or job applications within the Film and television industries. This course would work well with an A-Level such as Media Studies, Photography, English.

 

Skills Required and Explored

A commitment to hard work; the ability to undertake independent research, meet deadlines and work as part of a team. A strong interest in the visual world is essential and an interest in using and manipulating hardware such as cameras and lighting and the use of digital software such as Adobe CC to generate personal and collaborative outcomes. You will need a willingness to research and develop ideas and show the ability to work to deadlines, requiring a high level of motivation. You will also be required to produce in-depth written analysis and research into the work of Film makers, animators etc.

 

Facilities 

  • 2 computer areas with fast running PCs all connected to Adobe CC with access to software such as Photoshop/Lightroom/Prem Pro/After Effects/In Design/Nik Software etc – all students have access to this software both in school and at home 
  • A Photographic studio area and access to a range of high quality lighting facilities as well as DSLR and SLR cameras 
  • A stop frame animation area and still life photography area

 

Trips

We make trips out to different galleries museums and locations to help develop understanding and awareness of others’ Art work and to gather resources for developing practical work. Places of interest include: 

  • Tate Modern and Tate Britain (we are members of Tate and we hold free exhibition passes which our students are able to use during the academic year) 
  • Saatchi Gallery 
  • National Gallery 
  • National Portrait Gallery 
  • Hayward Gallery 
  • The Royal Academy 
  • BFI

 

Further Education

Over the years we have developed close links with various colleges and universities in order to aid students progressing from BTEC to Foundation courses and onto degree level. We have a programme of development developed with both UCA and UAL centres. Guest speakers come to LPGS to discuss future course and careers within the Arts and we also make trips out to FE centres such as Epsom Arts University to give our students a taste of further education.

 

Entry Qualifications

At least 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English, Maths and Art; if this does not include both English and Mathematics, you must enrol on the relevant GCSE retake course.

 

Method of Assessment

Assessment of all units is through assignments which cover the grading criteria for the unit. A variety of assessment methods will be used including coursework, witness statements, presentations and developing and exhibiting your own work. The assignments will be based on realistic scenarios for learners to apply their knowledge and make maximum use of practical activities, with some units externally set and externally assessed.

 

 

Contact Name Mr J MacDonnell, Head of Media 

jsm@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

 

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

Photography, Film TV Video, Animation, Theatre, Make Up, Special Effects

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma inCreative Digital Media – Film and Television Production will allow you to:- 

  • Take a degree or foundation course in a related Media/Film/Arts subject 
  • Enter into employment 
  • Go on to further training

BTEC Business

Level of Study:

We offer two tiers of the Business course. Both are level 3 qualifications

  • BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA:  8 Units (equivalent to 2 A-Levels)
  • BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE: 4 Units (equivalent to 1 A-Level)

 

Description of Course

The BTEC National Diploma in Business is an 8 Unit course equivalent to 2 A-Levels. There is opportunity to complete the 1 A-level equivalent, EXTENDED CERTIFICATE, over the two year period.

These qualifications equip you with an understanding of the essential knowledge and skills needed to help you embark on a wide variety of business careers.

The courses are designed to be adaptable to your needs, interests and career aspirations. The topics that you will cover will include management and finance, international business, marketing and the business environments.

 

Skills Required

A commitment to hard work; the ability to undertake independent research, meet deadlines and work as part of a team.

 

Entry Qualifications

At least 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics.

 

Method of Assessment

For the Diploma, there are 6 mandatory units, 3 mandatory units will be assessed internally and 3 mandatory units will be assessed externally. There will be 2 optional units.

You must complete all 3 mandatory internal units and achieve a pass or above in at least 2 units. Assessment of these units is through assignments which cover the grading criteria for the unit. A variety of assessment methods will be used including case studies, role plays, witness statements and presentations. The assignments will be based on realistic scenarios for learners to apply their knowledge and make maximum use of practical activities.

For the EXTENDED CERTIFICATE there are 3 mandatory units and 2 of these mandatory units will be assessed externally. There will be 1 optional unit.

You must complete and achieve pass or above in all 3 mandatory external assessed units. The styles of external assessment used for this qualification is:

  • Examination – 2 Hours, 100 Marks with examination taking place January, May/June •
  • Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information.

 

Contact Name Mrs H Baatjies (Teacher I/C of BTEC Business)

hbaatjies@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

 

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

After this qualification, you can progress directly to employment; however it is likely that you will do so via higher study. Areas of employment include junior business roles in marketing, administration, finance, events management, HR, marketing and other related areas in the business sector, including higher apprenticeships.

BTEC Health and Social Care

Level of Study

  • Level 3
  • (equivalent to 2 A-Levels)

 

Description of Course

Health & Social Care will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to meet the needs of the sector and also the academic requirements to study at university.

The qualification develops a deep common core of knowledge, understanding and skills in this sector through mandatory content. You will focus on a particular aspect of the sector through a selection of optional units, including a route that focuses specifically on health studies.

You will study eight units in total six of which are mandatory units.

The mandatory units are:

Human Lifespan Development

Working in Health and Social Care

Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care

Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care

Promoting Public Health

 

Skills Required

A commitment to hard work; the ability to undertake independent research, meet deadlines and work as part of a team.

 

Entry Qualifications

At least 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics.

 

Method of Assessment

60% of the qualification in assessed internally through a variety of methods such as reports, presentations and practical assignments. 40% is externally assessed.

 

Contact Name Ms K Goodman (Teacher I/C of Health and Social Care) 

kgoodman@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

This course is aimed at students who want to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the health and social care sector in careers such as Midwifery, Social Work, Medicine, Public Health and many more.

 

* Depending on numbers this course may be offered as a BTEC National Certificate in Health & Social Care which is the equivalent of 1 A level

BTEC Sport

Level of Study 

  • BTEC National

 

Description of Course

The new BTEC Sport course provides a broad basis of study covering the fundamentals of the sport and physical activity sectors. Whether you are considering higher education, employment or apprenticeship this course covers all the necessary elements for entry into any of these pathways in a practical and applied way.

BTEC Sport is designed for students with a keen interest in the practical and theoretical side of sports performance and the leisure industry. The course builds on study at GCSE level and aims to enhance student’s knowledge and experiences within the field of sport and physical activity. BTEC Nationals in sport use a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence so they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

 

Skills Required

A good standard of written English and functional Maths will enable students to meet the demands of the exams. Solid ability in Science, especially Biology. Current participation in at least one competitive sport as a performer. You will be required to provide evidence that you are playing regularly in your chosen activity at competition level.

 

Entry Qualifications

Grade 4 or above in GCSE PE, English, Mathematics and Science. Regular attendance at a school or club for their selected activity is essential. Applicants not meeting these requirements should discuss their prospect with their PE staff.

 

Method of Assessment

The course is divided into seven units and equates to 1 1/2 A-Levels. Units 1, 2, and 3 will be studied in Year 1 and Units 4, 5 and 6 in Year 2. Unit 7 will be assessed across both years of the course.

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology

  • Assessed via 1hr 30min exam, option to sit in Jan/May/June

Unit 2: Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being 

  • 2 hour formal assessment period, likely to involve producing a training programme to suit the given scenario

Unit 3: Professional development in the sports industry 

  • Internally assessed via completion of projects/assignments 
  • Possible involvement of work experience

Unit 4: Sports Leadership

  • Internally assessed via completion of projects/assignments 
  • Possible involvement of work experience

Unit 5: Fitness Testing 

  • Internally assessed via completion of projects/assignments

Unit 6: Sports Psychology 

  • Internally assessed via completion of projects/assignments

Across all 2 years:

Unit 7: Practical Performance

  • Internally assessed via completion of projects/assignments 
  • Possible involvement of work experience 
  • External involvement in practical sports is essential

 

Contact Name Miss C Bush (Head of PE)

cbush@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

Wide including Fitness Instruction, Professional Athlete, Leisure and Tourism, Sports Development, Sports Coaching, Sports Journalist, Sports Manager, Sports Administration, Teaching and Sports Therapy/Massage.

BTEC Travel and Tourism

Level of Study

  • BTEC

 

Description of Course

The BTEC Travel and Tourism Extended Certificate course comprises of 5 Units

The broad objectives of the above courses are to: 

  • introduce students to work-related learning 
  • provide students with a broad introduction to a vocational sector 
  • give students the technical knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the subject at this level 
  • equip students with some of the skills they will need in the workplace or in further education or training 
  • empower students to take charge of their own learning and development 
  • provide a range of teaching, learning and assessment styles to motivate students to achieve their full potential 
  • provide a broad introduction to a vocational area in an applied context 
  • be delivered through work-related contexts
  • let students gain an understanding of a vocational sector 
  • provide a broad educational basis for further training, higher education, or progression to suitable employment within a vocational sector

 

In particular, the aims of the BTEC specifications in Travel and Tourism are to:

  • encourage students to develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the travel and tourism industry 
  • prepare students for further study or training in travel and tourism related occupations 
  • encourage students to: -
    • develop and sustain an interest in travel and tourism and issues affecting the development of the industry and its potential effect on employment opportunities 
    • develop an understanding of the scale and importance of the travel and tourism industry and the interdependence of its sectors
    • appreciate the importance of the customer to the travel and tourism industry 
    • appreciate the importance of host destinations and communities to the travel and tourism industry and the importance of sustainable development
    • appreciate the positive and negative impacts travel and tourism may have on people, environment and economy
    • develop practical and technical skills relevant to the travel and tourism industry
    • appreciate the global and dynamic nature of the travel and tourism industry, how people, environments and issues change, and how the industry responds to these changes
    • appreciate the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) on the development of the travel and tourism industry
    • develop their own values and attitudes in relation to travel and tourism issues
    • apply their knowledge and understanding of travel and tourism and use skills of research, evaluation and problem solving in vocational contexts
    • plan, prioritise and meet deadlines, work independently and in teams
    • participate in visits to travel and tourism organisations and destinations develop an understanding of the characteristics of the travel and tourism industry and the connections between the different parts of the industry 
    • encourage a holistic view of the travel and tourism industry and an understanding of the interrelationship and interdepencies of its different sectors.

 

Skills Required 

  • A commitment to hard work and the ability to meet deadlines 
  • The ability to research independently and to work well as part of a team 
  • Good ICT skills would be advantageous

 

Entry Qualifications 

  • No previous study of Travel and Tourism is necessary, however you must meet the general A-Level requirements. We would be happy to discuss this course with individuals who are unlikely to meet this criteria but have a genuine interest and are predicted to achieve 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above 
  • Good ICT skills are preferable

 

Method of Assessment

Work will be collected into a portfolio and assessed throughout the course plus one external exam and one external task.

Units 

  • The world of Travel and Tourism 
  • Global destinations 
  • Visitor attractions 
  • Events, conferences and exhibitors

 

Contact Name Mr S Crowther

scrowther@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

 

Educational Progression and Career Opportunities

You might decide to:- 

  • Take a degree or diploma in a more specialised subject area, such as human resource management, tourism management, marketing, business administration, customer service, event management or hospitality. 
  • Start work. A BTEC Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism is a good basis for a wide range of occupations in the travel and tourism industry.

 

This qualification was approved after the publication of this document. Its place in the options block will be determined in due course.

BTEC Travel and Tourism Tech Award

Who is the qualification for?

The BTEC Tech Award in Travel and Tourism is for learners who want to acquire knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by exploring the: 

  • Aims of different travel and tourism organisations
  • The features of tourist destinations 
  • How organisations meet customer requirements 
  • The influences on global travel and tourism

Learners are required to complete and achieve all the components included in the qualification.

Component number Component Title Assessed
1 Travel and Toirism Organisations and Destinations Internal
2 Influences on Global Travel and Tourism External
3 Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism Internal Synoptic

 

 

What can the qualification lead to?

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning either generally or in this sector.

This qualification can lead to: 

  • A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects 
  • Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Travel and Tourism 
  • Prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships
  • Higher education by studying a degree in the tourism sector.

 

Links With the Travel Industry

We have a strong relationship with a major travel business with offices in London, Paris and New York, who regularly visits the school, invite students to travel events/shows and provide work experience/summer work and real job opportunities.

 

Trips

A number of trips take place during the course: 

  • World Travel Fair 
  • Margate (Or similar destination) 
  • London 
  • Thorpe Park

 

This course is suitable as a standalone qualification as well as complementing the learning in GCSE programmes such as GCSE Geography and GCSE Business

 

Contact Name  Mr.S.Crowther Head of Travel and Tourism

scrowther@lpgs.bromley.sch.uk

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