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Occupational Studies

The world of work is constantly changing. Today it is uncommon for a person to have only one occupation throughout their working life, so it is vital that we are able to transfer and adapt our knowledge and skills throughout our careers.

To foster these abilities, Occupational Studies allows learners to learn for work, through work and about work, and it provides the potential for this learning to take place in out-of-school contexts. This hands-on approach is ideal for those who prefer to develop their skills in a more practical, occupational environment.

Occupational Studies is both coherent and flexible and provides a good foundation from which to advance to competence-based post-16 courses.

We offer the following GCSE Occupational Studies courses at Key Stage 4:

Electrical Wiring Installation

This unit is designed to develop vocational skills in electrical wiring installations and associated practical activities.

Learners will use a range of tools and equipment to install and connect electrical components and cables to produce circuits for lighting and power installations. They will use appropriate methods to inspect and test circuitry.

This unit includes:

  • consideration of health and safety issues in practical workshop activities in electrical installation
  • consideration of career opportunities in electrical installation
  • consideration of environmental issues of electrical wiring
  • selection and use of appropriate hand tools and measuring equipment
  • following instructions and diagrammatic guidelines
  • development of the techniques of measuring, cutting and preparing cables
  • installation and connection of electrical components and cables into a functional circuit
  • testing the circuitry, using measuring equipment and appropriate methods
  • a review and evaluation of performance

Vehicle Maintenance

The course covers theory and practical of basic vehicle maintenance, including changing engine oil and filter, air filter, brake pads, and fitting wiper blades and mudflaps.  Vehicle valeting will also be covered.

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