The Vocational Opportunities Programme

Level 1: equivalent to GCSE Grades D-G

Students from over 20 schools take part in the Vocational Opportunities Programme (VOP). You will follow a work-related programme in one of a number of areas and attend College one day a week to gain hands-on, practical skills in the industrial units at College.

Subjects from which you can choose on the VOP are:

  • Adventure Sports
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Management
  • Construction (Joinery and Brickwork)
  • Motor Vehicle Engineering
  • Equine (Horse Care)
  • Horticulture

Each subject area is different and it is very important that you choose the one in which you are really interested.

Level 2 programmes

Equivalent to GCSE Grades A* – C

Animal Care

This programme will appeal to you if you are interested in learning about caring for a wide range of animals, reptiles, fish and birds.  You will undertake both practical and theory work, but there will be a big emphasis on handling and looking after the many species which are housed in the College’s very own zoo.

An Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) qualification

This is the right programme for you if you are interested in pursuing a career in the Motor Industry and the qualification enables you to progress on to one of our full-time Motor Vehicle courses at 16+.  You will attend College one day a week and study in our state-of-the-art motor vehicle workshop.

Food Studies

This programme is ideal for you if you have an interest in food processing, nutrition or running a business. You will attend College one day a week and work towards a number of food-related technical qualifications, using the industry-standard facilities in our Food Innovation Centre, which offers the best facilities of any College in Europe.  The course is also offered to Level-1 students with a real interest in food studies.

All programmes are offered at Key Stage 4 and last for two years, beginning in Year 10.  If you would like to take one of these courses you will need to have the agreement of your school.

All college staff teaching Key Stage 4 students have been DBS checked.

For further information please contact Jan Berrington.

Telephone: 01270 613194