Work Related Learning

Head of Department: Mrs L Payne

Department Introduction

This successful and innovative department offers students a range of practical courses at Key Stage 4 and 5 in Business Studies, Health & Social Care, Law and Travel & Tourism providing students with:

The opportunity to speak with industry professionals through a series of workshops with guest speakers.


We offer Level 2 and Level 3 courses created by teachers, industry professionals and major employers. Students will not only be expected to learn about academic and theoretical models but will also develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the world of work, through undertaking practical tasks.

Business Studies: Courses are suitable for those studying in preparation for employment or further education in the business sector including the law, accountancy, advertising & marketing, human resources and management. Students will be expected to use communication and ICT skills. We currently offer both A-Level and BTEC Level 2 (KS4) and Level 3 (KS5) qualifications. 

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Our Law course is currently on offer to our Key Stage 5 students. The course is delivered by highly experienced subject specialists and offers students the opportunity to visit the local Crown and Magistrate’s Courts and participate in the Bar Mock Trial competition where students compete against a range of comprehensive, grammar and independent schools at Maidstone Crown Court.  Students have often commented that this event has been a defining moment in their desire to study Law at university and beyond.

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Travel and Tourism: The Travel and Tourism industry is described as ‘world’s largest and fastest-growing industry’. Students studying these courses will learn about the development of the Travel and Tourism industry and how it operates. These courses are suitable for students interested in employment or further education in the industry. Students will be expected to use communication and ICT skills. Students at KS5 study the Btec Level 3 programme in Travel and Tourism.  KS4 students are studying the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Travel and Tourism.

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Click here for exam board information on Level 3 BTEC 

Health and Social Care: Health and Social Care is taught in a new purpose-built block. This area has a variety of teaching environments, these include a fully equipped kitchen, a large lecture-style room that has a retractable screen. Students have access to ICT through department allocated laptops. The resources that we have allow the students to experience practical caring while the technology allows them to research and gain a wider knowledge and understanding of the skills that they will need in further education and employment. We also give students the opportunity to experience what it is like to look after a baby for the weekend with our realistic electronic babies. Through our courses we also give our students a range of opportunities to experience first-hand experiences through visiting university, arranging activities for nursery children, visiting care homes and attending specialist health and social care career fairs. 

We pride ourselves at Herne Bay High School in having an outstanding Health and Social Care department with students achieving the top grades. Over the past 3 years, we have had many students go onto University to train to become Doctors, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Teachers and Nurses.

ASDAN CoPE: The Level 3 Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is offered as a one year course to year 12 students. It is a substantial and wide-ranging qualification the purpose of which is to enable candidates to develop and demonstrate a range of personal, key and employability skills, to broaden their experience and manage their learning in a variety of real-life contexts. It is, therefore “Applied General” in nature, and aims to teach candidates to understand, take responsibility for and learn from rich activities, rather than simply to experience them. Candidates are required to provide, through these activities, evidence of understanding and skills development against a set of standards. This quantifies and formalises their preparedness to progress into Higher Education, or employment, or vocational training and apprenticeships. Units which the students cover include Working with Others, Discussion, Problem Solving, Improving own Learning, Research and Oral Presentation. 

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ICT: Students can gain appropriate vocational and academic qualifications in ICT & Computing; OCR Cambridge Nationals in iMedia,  Edexcel GCSE in Computing and Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technicals to name the current qualifications on offer.

Currently, students at Key Stage Three can opt in year 8 to study ICT or computing in year 9 with one 55 minute lesson per week. We deliver the new Computing National Curriculum, and we teach students how to use a range of industry-standard applications. In addition, we make students aware of the advantages and disadvantages that the great world of information technology and computing has to offer.

Currently, students at Key Stage Four can then opt-in year 9 to choose to study for an OCR Cambridge Nationals in iMedia or an Edexcel GCSE in Computing.  Both courses offer a mix of vocational and traditional academic elements.

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Click here for information on the Edexcel GCSE in Computing

Currently students at Key Stage Five study for the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in ICT (2016). This vocational course is worth a full AS or A2 GCE and is a mixture of traditional exams and practical hands-on-course work covering a range of topics.

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Throughout the year, we organise a series of visits and enrichment days. Students are also given the opportunity to undertake work experience in various settings. This subject area is also responsible for organising Enterprise Days in Year 9 to support students making their vocational choices at KS4.