John Willmott School

Vocational Studies

Guidance and World of Work

Guidance lessons in Years 7, 8 and 9, and World of Work lessons in Years 10 and 11 are the main vehicles for the delivery of Citizenship, PSHE and Careers Guidance.

These lessons are supported by the Skill for Success programme, suspended timetable days and individual subjects. The aim is to help students gain knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizen and taking responsible action. Students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge to develop a respect for facts and the truth so that they are able to understand their own values.  Citizenship is about empowerment, relationships, rights and responsibilities.  It is also about social systems, their structures and the forces of social change. Within PSHE Students debate and discuss the misuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and learn about the importance of emotional health and well-being, nutrition and physical activity, safety and sex and relationship education so that they develop a greater awareness of lifestyle issues and how to keep themselves and others safe. Careers guidance is concerned with ensuring students have a coherent programme of activities that help prepare them for future training, education and work.

Key Stage 3 Guidance

During Key Stage 3, students have a one hour Guidance lesson every fortnight, taught by their form tutor, with external speakers talking to the students when appropriate about their expertise.

In Year 7 studies commence with settling into the school, understanding the school community, getting on with others, rules, growing up, where to get help, their health, decision making, being a citizen, career routes and simple money matters.

Year 8 studies commence with roles and responsibilities and how to keep motivated, the legislative system and governance of the UK along with migration, investigating money matters, gambling, drugs and looking at future careers, looking at crime and how it can be prevented.

Year 9 builds upon the learning from the previous two years. Conflict is investigated along with racism, stereotyping and prejudice, career development, visits from outside speakers talking about their jobs, looking at business ownership, research about career opportunities, war, the role of the UN, the Commonwealth and the environment.

Key Stage 4 World of Work

In Years 10 and 11, World of Work lessons have been designed to help give students the skills, knowledge and understanding which prepare them for working life, now and in the future, as confident individuals and members of society. Together with work experience, students learn about work to enable them to become enterprising, economically aware young people who have a good knowledge and understanding of what becoming a responsible citizen is all about.

The programme of study encourages students to:

  • Play an active role as future citizens and members of society
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organisation structure and the role of the employee within this structure
  • Understand the range of employment opportunities and qualifications needed for employment
  • Develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices and manage transitions in learning and work
  • Use the knowledge and skills they have developed to make decisions about learning and work
  • Have the knowledge and confidence to make personal economic decisions by learning about personal finance and the impact of debt.

Health and Social Care

Sixth Form - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care

This qualification is broadly equivalent to one A level and offers an engaging programme of study consisting of both knowledge-based learning and practical application.

It is suitable for students who feel that a sixth form education is important but who might not necessarily be planning to go to university at the end of their sixth form studies. The qualification provides the opportunity for students to enter employment in the health and social care sector or to progress to higher vocational qualifications, and gives them the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. The qualification supports many of the other GCEs and BTECs on offer. In line with all other BTECs it is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction through the production of 100% coursework.

Units Studied

  • Developing Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Equality, diversity and rights in Health and Social Care
  • Health, safety and security in Health and Social Care
  • Exploring Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care
  • Development through the Life Stages
  • Sociological Perspectives in Health and Social Care
  • Psychological Perspectives in Health and Social Care

Understanding Enterprise

This subject is of particular interest to those students who wish to learn all about the work place and in particular how to set up a small entrepreneurial business.

In the process of setting up a business, the students study a variety of activities from developing their own entrepreneurial skills and developing business plans suitable for taking to a bank to gain funding.  Students develop many skills including business modelling, pitching, marketing, controlling finances and day-to-day operations related skills.

Sixth Form – BTEC Level 3: Enterprise

This course comprises both knowledge-based learning and practical application. It is suitable for students who feel that a sixth form education is important but who might not necessarily be planning on going to university at the end of their sixth form studies. It is also suitable for students who may one day hope to own their own business. Broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level, it is assessed through 100% coursework. Students study six coursework units.

  • The Innovative Entrepreneur
  • Business Planning and Pitching
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Working as an Entrepreneur
  • E-marketing and Website Design
  • Social Enterprise

Hospitality and Travel & Tourism

Over the past few years employment in the Hospitality sector has increased faster than for the economy overall, although there are still significant skills gaps, particularly in customer service, interpersonal skills, supervisory skills, finance and employability skills and our courses seek to develop these skills.

We investigate all aspects of the industry from hotels through bars, restaurants to members clubs. During the courses students will investigate how the industry works, how establishments are rated along with what it’s like to work in the industry.

Meanwhile, the travel and tourism sector, despite the current economic downturn, also continues to grow at a rapid pace with the amount of travel undertaken by individuals for both leisure and business purposes still increasing. This rapid expansion has led to huge demand for a more flexibly skilled workforce. Our courses provide students with the basic skills needed to work in the industry in a variety of capacities. We investigate the industry from both a UK and European perspective, looking at how it has come to be what it is today, where it is going in the future and how to provide excellent customer service skills.

Within the Vocational Faculty we run two courses for each subject area, one at Level 2 another at Level 3. The Level 2 courses are run over one year whilst the Level 3 courses takes place over two academic years.

The details of the courses are below.

Sixth Form – BTEC Level 2: Hospitality

Broadly equivalent to one GCSE this course aims to give students a taste of the hospitality industry whilst providing a suitable foundation for progression to further study within this area. It is assessed through four units of work – three of which students develop coursework for in order to be assessed, the fourth unit being assessed through an external one hour examination. This course runs over a one-year period. The four units of study are shown below:

  • Introducing the Hospitality Industry (assessed using an external examination)
  • Working in the Hospitality Industry (assessed through coursework)
  • Food Safety and Health & Safety in the Hospitality Industry (assessed through coursework)
  • Costing and Controlling Finances in the Hospitality Industry (assessed through coursework)

Sixth Form – BTEC Level 3: Hospitality

Broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level this qualification builds vocational and theoretical skills. There is currently no examination component within this subject – it is assessed through 100% coursework. This course runs over a two-year period. The six units of coursework studied cover the subjects below:

  • Understanding the Hospitality Industry (Year 1)
  • The Principles of Customer Service (Year 1 and 2)
  • Providing Customer Service in Hospitality (Year 1)
  • E-business in Hospitality (Year 1)
  • Planning and Managing a Hospitality Event (Year 2)
  • Personal and Professional Development in Hospitality (Year 2)

Sixth Form – BTEC Level 3: Travel & Tourism

This qualification has been designed to provide an all-round introduction to the travel and tourism sector for students who wish to consider a career in one of its many connected industries, including retail travel, visitor attractions and accommodation, transport and tour operations. There is currently no examination component within this vocational subject – it is assessed through 100% coursework. The six units of coursework studied over the two years are:

  • Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector (Year 1)
  • The UK as a Destination (Year 1)
  • The Business of Travel and Tourism (Year 1)
  • Customer Service in Travel and Tourism (Year 2)
  • European Destinations (Year 2)
  • Researching Current Issues in Travel and Tourism (Year 2)