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Entry 3 Award in Entry to Vocational Study



Central Saint Michael’s


Course summary

The purpose of BTEC Entry to Vocational Study qualifications is to support adult learners’ skill development in preparation for higher-level learning, therefore increasing opportunities for learners to progress. These qualifications are ideal for learners progressing to BTEC Level 1 Introductory qualifications In Health and Social Care or related level 1 qualifications.  Learners may take other relevant qualifications alongside, in particular they will be studying English and mathematics at Entry level Functional Skills as part of their study programme.

Course requirements

  • You will also need to have a good standard of English and Maths.
  • You will need to have a genuine interest in Health and Social Care. Vocational experience would be of benefit but is not mandatory.
  • You are required to attend an interview to ensure that you will be able to cope with the academic requirements of the course.
  • This will include a numeracy and literacy assessment.
  • There is a mandatory placement within the course. It would also be beneficial for you to have either paid or voluntary work experience in your chosen area to support your studies on the course.
  • Attendance is mandatory and a positive attitude to learning is necessary.

The content of these BTEC Level Entry 3 qualifications has been developed to ensure that they support progression to further learning and training. All learners taking these qualifications will study one or more mandatory unit. Award and Certificate contains mandatory units, Unit 1: Skills for Learning, which enables learners to consider how to improve their learning, and also contains Unit 2: Team Challenge, enabling learners to develop teamworking skills. The course will also include optional units which have been chosen to extend and challenge knowledge and skills. The course will be 2 full days per week which will include the vocational qualification plus Maths and English.

All students will start their studies working towards the Award qualification with the option to remain in study and complete the Certificate qualification.

Learning is assessed by a variety of methods to prepare you to study at Level 1. These include written assignments, work booklets, presentations and tutor observation. All of the assessment criteria in a unit must be met before the unit is deemed to be achieved. The unit achievement is graded Pass Merit or Distinction, there is an expectation that to progress on to the level 1 qualifications students will need to be working towards a merit and distinction level. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will support you throughout your period of study to enable progression by setting professional and personal targets.

Many of our Entry 3 learners progress to Level 1 and beyond. Employment in the care sector, NVQ, Apprenticeships.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

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