The VAC course is specifically designed to prepare students for a mainstream vocational course.
The course enables students, who have not achieved the qualifications necessary to access a mainstream course, the opportunity to work towards gaining alternative qualifications whilst giving them the experience of studying in a Further Education college. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on the teaching of essential skills such as literacy and numeracy to Entry 3 level.
Students will also work towards an OCR Certificate in Life and Living Skills, studying units including IT, producing and editing images for media, creative writing, diversity and discrimination, numeracy and literacy.
An additional part of the course involves participation in a number of vocational tasters where students can gain valuable experience which will help them choose the correct career pathway.
Updated October 2017
No qualifications are required to access the course but students will be expected to attend an interview with course tutors and complete an online initial assessment in literacy, numeracy and social skills. It is expected that students travel independently and are competent in most social situations pertaining to their age.
The course is generally delivered by taught sessions in a classroom setting. Students benefit by having fully-qualified teaching staff using a variety of teaching methods and up to date technology. Volunteer work might involve supervised 'out of college' venues which are accessed by college minibus.
The main qualification aim of the course is the OCR Certificate in Life and Living Skills, delivered at Entry Level 3, which will involve written coursework, practical activities, visits and guest presentations. Assessment is undertaken generally by coursework completed in the classroom.
The course is designed to allow students to progress to mainstream college courses in a vocational subject of their choice.
The qualifications gained will also be valuable for entry into the world of work, should this be the preferred career route. Students will study topics related to career progression and will gain experience in interview techniques. Early applications to mainstream college courses are encouraged to ensure that students have the best possible opportunity to gain a college place for the following academic year.