Key Stage 4 Work Skills

BTEC WorkSkills offers pupils the opportunity to work towards a Level 1 qualification suitable to their needs (Award, Certificate or Diploma) alongside a work placement one day a week. this course allows pupils to gain practical work experience and a valuable insight into the world of work.

“working hard is important, but there is something that matters more: believing in yourself” – Harry Potter

Course description

The BTEC Level 1 Workskills course provides an opportunity for pupils to study a course that directly links to them gaining and maintaining a work placement one day a week. the pupils can draw on real life experience in the work place to help to support their learning and help them with their coursework.

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BTEC Level 1 can be studied to achieve an award, a certificate or the full diploma, this is dependent on the number of units completed and credits achieved.

There are a range of units that can be studied, some examples are:  managing your own money; searching for a job; applying for a job; interview skills; working in a team; planning for work placement and career progression.

Pupils can progress on to Level 2 in year 12 and Level 3 in year 13 in the sixth form, both of which offer a two day placement to increase their skills and experience in the work place.

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Course code

  • Pearson BTEC Entry Level 3 -  credit Award in Workskills (Entry 3) - 601/9011/5
  • Pearson BTEC Entry Level 6 – credit Award in Workskills (Entry 3) – 601/9016/4
  • Pearson BTEC Entry Level 9 – credit Award in Workskills (Entry 3) – 601/9018/8
  • Pearson BTEC Entry Level Certificate in Workskills (Entry 3) – 601/9015/2
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award 3 - credit Award in Workskills – 601/9014/0
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award 6 – credit Award in Workskills – 601/9019/X
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award 9 – credit Award in Workskills – 601/9013/9
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Workskills – 601/9012/7
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1 Extended Certificate in Workskills – 601/9009/7
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Workskills – 601/9010/3

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100% coursework, no examinations. at the start of each unit pupils are given an assignment brief outlining the content of the unit and the requirements in order to be successful. work is assessed through each assessment criteria and then reassessed at the end of each unit.

Ways to help my child succeed

Pupils need to be supported with any homework given which may help them complete their coursework. In addition to this pupils may be asked to take paperwork linked to the course into their work placement for observations and for other requirements.

Parents can support pupils in ensuring their work placement choices are realistic and viable for the pupil. To also ensure that pupils know the importance of attending work placement regularly, to arrive on time and to ensure positive behaviours

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