Following some press coverage of the Government’s introduction of T Levels over the next few years, we would like to reassure current and future applicants that our vocational courses will run as normal in September 2020. We are proud of our course offer and the outcomes our learners achieve, allowing them to fulfil their educational and career aspirations.
Nearly a quarter of a million learners nationwide were awarded vocational qualifications in 2019.
What are Vocational Qualifications?
Vocational Qualifications are specialist work-related qualifications. They combine practical learning with subject and theory content. Many awarding bodies run these qualifications from BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council), City and Guilds, NVQs to CACHE. For example, there are over 2,000 BTEC qualifications across 16 sectors – they are available from entry level through to professional qualifications at level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study).
In FE colleges, schools and universities across the world, hundreds of thousands of students take these qualifications. They do so because these diplomas get you directly into a career, or alternatively into university and then into a career. For those already at college or university, a BTEC Higher National Diploma is the stepping stone to a full degree or again, directly into that career.
At South Thames College as well as giving our learners the best education experience to help them reach their full potential and lead them into their dream career staff wellbeing is also at the heart of what makes our students have the experience they do. Staff are encouraged to peruse their passions, hobbies and interests.
Jo Calvino, Sports lecturer at South Thames College brings a wealth of experience coming from elite sport whilst working across the sports development and education sectors bringing a new perspective to students within our sports courses.
South Thames College is delighted to announce that it can now deliver free accredited CPD courses for local businesses and community organisations, looking to provide training and development to staff and volunteers.
Each course usually takes around 10-12 hours to complete, and covers a number of topics to help staff develop in role, including:
On Friday 7th February Marsha de Cordova, MP for Battersea visited South Thames College to experience a day in the life of an apprentice in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week.
The Annual National Apprenticeship Week celebration brings the whole Apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of Apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.
This years ‘Look Beyond’ theme celebrates the diversity and value Apprenticeships bring to all the community, highlighting the talent and energy Apprentices bring in to the workplace
As part of their Event Management learning students studying Level 3 Business had to produce and manage an event from start to finish. They worked with the Crisp Packet Project, a charity set up to support an art project and homeless charity. Empty foil crisp packets are collected and used to create bivy bags which are distributed to those less fortunate.
Pen, the owner of Crisp Packet Project commented, “I had a brainwave back in November because I volunteered for a charity and we couldn’t afford to get sleeping bags or biffy bags so I thought the next day at work I decided to make a bivy bag out of a crisp packet, it’s all surplus waste that we use to stop it going into landfill which is really helpful. The reflective heat from crisp packet foil helps people and we put air vents in so they don’t get too hot, this is the first stop of my UK tour.”