Learn a Trade for Life with Vocational Courses at Our School in Cumbria

Many teenagers struggle to adapt to standardised school education, becoming lost in the system and failing to learn at the right speed. At SwitchED 2, we provide a different learning experience, focusing the education on vocational skills but also incorporating the core curriculum. Based in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, our school specialises in 4 different subjects:

  • Hospitality Training
  • Land-Based Studies
  • Mechanic Training
  • Outdoor Education

Hospitality

What Will I Do?

Pupils will take part in different aspects of catering and hospitality, including both front- and back-of-house hospitality. All pupils will complete practical work every week and be able to take the produce home for all the family.

What Will I Achieve?

Food preparation and cooking skills, including how to maintain a safe environment, and knowledge of healthy eating. For pupils aged 11 and over, a Skills for Further Learning award, certificate, or diploma in hospitality can be obtained. The qualifications range from entry level 1 to level 2. A starting point will be determined appropriate to the individual’s needs.

Land-Based Studies

What Will I Do?

Pupils will look after plants and small animals, including chickens, fruit, and vegetables. All grown produce will be used for cooking while some can be taken home and shared between family and friends.

What Will I Achieve?

Skills involve looking after small animals, sowing seeds, and growing plants. You will also gain skills maintaining and using equipment associated with land-based studies. For pupils aged 11 and over, a Skills for Further Learning award, certificate, or diploma in land-based studies can be obtained.

Motor Vehicles

What Will I Do?

Pupils will take part in practical activities from new and old methods of mechanics. The activities will range from engine management diagnostics to changing spark plugs and oil.

What Will I Achieve?

Pupils will gain skills in using equipment to maintain and repair vehicles. For pupils aged 11 and over, a Skills for Further Learning award, certificate, or diploma in motor vehicle can be obtained.

Outdoor Education

What Will I Do?

Pupils will take part in activities such as mountain biking, orienteering, fell walking, gorge walking, and rock climbing.

What Will I Achieve?

Outdoor education will be available for all pupils to develop their physical ability and soft skills, such as confidence and teamwork skills. For pupils aged 11 and over, a Skills for Further Learning award, certificate, or diploma in outdoor educations can be obtained.

What Else Is Available?

Pupils will develop additional skills, such as teamwork and employability. All additional skills will be accredited via units in Skills for Further Learning. Pupils will also have the opportunity to develop their numeracy and literacy skills, via the vocational study, and gain accreditation via functional skills.

The qualifications are suitable for pre-16 learners who wish to gain certification for learning and skills in order to demonstrate their capacity for further learning and/or employment. The qualifications provide an opportunity for learners to focus upon personal development combined with employability skills linked to a wide range of sectors.

The qualifications serve to:

  • Engage learners and provide a mechanism to establish learning and employment goals.
  • Enable learners to recognise their skills and realise their potential to progress into further learning and employment.
  • Enable learners to develop their literacy and/or numeracy skills.
  • Introduce learners to vocational areas which will aid further learning and employment decisions.
  • Contribute to a learner’s personal and social development skills.
  • Provide learning opportunities which are stimulating and engaging.

The qualifications offer progression across entry level 1 and up to level 1 and level 2 within the same suite of qualifications. The qualifications structure complements specialist vocational qualifications, offering a smooth transition to specialist study.

Benefits to Learners

  • Flexibility and progression opportunities within a suite of qualifications and across the breadth of sizes - award, certificate, diploma.
  • Learners achieve a nationally recognised qualification.
  • Learners develop personal, social, and employability knowledge and skills and have the opportunity to explore vocational optional units to inform career planning.
  • Units are transferable and may be achieved over a period of time.
  • The qualifications offer a route to specific vocationally related qualifications.
  • A wide range of assessment methods to suit learner needs.

The qualifications offer progression across entry level 3 and up to level 1 and level 2 within the same suite of qualifications. The qualifications structure complements specialist vocational qualifications, offering a smooth transition to specialist study.

Contact us now, in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, to learn more about our outdoor education, land-based studies, hospitality, and mechanic training courses.

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