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, Travel & Tourism, Health and Social Care and Law providing students with:


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 law, accountancy, advertising & marketing, human resources and management. Students will be expected to use communication and ICT skills. We currently offer both GCSE and BTEC qualifications. Alongside Business, students can also study a business and retail qualification.

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Click here for exam board information on BTEC First Diploma in Business Studies
Click here for exam board information on BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies

Law: Our Law course is currently on offer to our Key Stage 5 Year 13 students. The course is designed to work in partnership with the University of Kent and Canterbury Magistrates and Crown Court.

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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.

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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.

Students in KS4 follow either the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Award or Certificate in Health and Social Care. This is a two-year programme and are optional courses that can be chosen in year 9. At the end of the two years students who complete the course leave with 1 GCSE for the Award, or 2 GCSE’s for the Certificate qualification.

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At KS5 students have the opportunity to study OCR AS / A2 Health and Social Care.

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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. A significant part of this course involves the student fundraising and event planning in order to go on their expedition. Previous expeditions have included students going to Morocco, Peak District, Lake District and this year’s students are hoping to go to Iceland.

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Work Experience

We now offer the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and skills required for employment through undertaking a work experience placement on a one day release programme. On this course, students prepare for their work placement by finding out about the company or organisation where they will be working, and planning agreed work objectives with tangible outcomes. They set goals for work objectives and the development of employability skills.

Students will reflect on the achievement of these goals and the skills used, and write their own development plan to improve future performance.

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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 for Years 7 – 9.