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This course leads to an Entry 3 Extended Certificate in Vocational Studies, with the opportunity to develop your English and maths skills at the same time.

On successful completion of this course you will achieve:

? Entry 3 qualification in vocational studies ? English (dependent on prior qualification) ? Maths (dependent on prior qualification)

You will also go on a work placement which is a compulsory element of the study programme.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    4-5 GCSEs at grade 1.

    Assessment Method

    Portfolio and practical assessments

    Aims of the course

    • To enable you to develop vital study and workplace skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, and managing and presenting information
    • To build your confidence in a variety of vocations such as catering, health and social care, hair and beauty, and sport
    • To prepare you for personal progression, working life and social inclusion by helping you to develop behaviours such as time management, respect and patience, and build your confidence levels

    Progression Opportunities

    You can progress to an academic qualification at level 1 in a range of service industries.


    You'll learn through a combination of practical tasks, off-site visits, work experience, workshops, guest speakers, use of technology, simulations, 1:1 sessions, and both group and independent work.

    Career Options

    The course is designed to prepare you for work in a range of different sectors such as catering, beauty, health and social care or childcare.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 06/09/2021
End Date 01/07/2022


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 994 p/year
24+ £994 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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Serifat Kareem

"Coming to Lewisham College gave me time to truly think about what I wanted to do as an undergraduate student, it really helped my decision to study for a Master’s afterwards – particularly the 'Professional Development' module."

Saikou Sanyang

Saikou Sanyang

"We had a great bond as a class, and our course tutor was always willing to go the extra mile to support learners. I feel that I have really grown both personally and professionally."

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