Level One Diploma in Vocational Studies

The Level One Diploma in Vocational Studies is designed to introduce learners to a variety of areas of work and the employment opportunities within them. Learners are encouraged to try out a range of vocational areas, find out which they like best and gain a better sense of direction for their future careers. 

What will I study?

Core units - these are mandatory and include:

  • Career progression
  • Self-assessment

You will choose from a range of vocational areas, including:

  • Art and performing arts
  • Caring for children
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • IT and business
  • Public services
  • Sports and active leisure
  • Travel and tourism

You will also study/complete:

  • English and mathematics
  • Work experience

How will I be assessed?

Learner work will be assessed and verified throughout the year.

How will the course be delivered?

There will be a mixture of classroom and external contact.

Entry requirements


  • Or Skills for Life qualification
  • Or entry level three qualification
  • Or equivalent

What next?

The opportunity to progress (if appropriate) to a more advanced course, employment or an apprenticeship.

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Full Time 2018 Higher Education 2018 Autumn Part-time course guide Apprenticeship Guide