Vocational Curriculum

Vocational Studies Year 10 & 11

In year 10 all our students will take part in our Vocational Studies programme run on Tuesdays. This consists of Outdoor Education, Technology and our APT (Achieve, Progress and Transform) course.

This year we have updated our outdoor education provision to include a more varied experience for our young people.
In Terms 1, 5 and 6 we will now be offering activities such as Den Building, Navigation Skills, Outdoor Rock Climbing and Cycling to go alongside Kayaking.

Such activities provide a great opportunity to develop and enhance our young peoples' appreciation for the outdoors whilst gaining a wide variety of new and important life skills.

During the course students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own kit and to work as part of a team helping each other through tricky and often challenging conditions, often in poor weather. They develop an awareness of what’s needed to travel safely in the hills and an awareness of just how important it is to be aware of local weather conditions.

Such experiences all contribute to helping our students develop physically, personally and socially helping to prepare them for the challenges of adult life.

The knowledge and skills they learn are then converted into qualifications by feeding into the APT awards helping our students to gain an APT diploma.


To support the Ascentis APT awards the Year 10 Technology students have been undertaking enterprise projects. These involve students using their enterprising skills to decide upon a product to sell or a service to provide to make money. So far groups have devised a cake sale in School and a cookie sale at a local community fair. The current cohort is deciding upon the product and venue, maximising upon the strengths and weaknesses within the group.

APT, Foundation Learning and Vocation

The course follows units from the Ascentis Achieve, Progress, and Transform (APT) Award. The course is modular and this allows students to build up credits that can be followed on in post 16 education.  Plymouth FE College offers courses in the APT Award.  Students have the flexibility to achieve a Diploma (worth half a GCSE Grades D-F) or a Certificate.  The Topics within the Award are focused on Life Skills preparing the students for life. The subjects range from Access to Public Transport, Road Safety, and Preparation for Work and Training.  These subjects are geared to encourage Independence.  There are also modules that focus on Access to Leisure and Team-building Skills and these allow students to access Kayaking and Hill Walking amongst other outdoor activities. Students are also able to follow the Asdan Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) and the Award of Personal Effectiveness (AoPE) which allows them to tailor teh qualification to their interests.

Year 11 College Placements

Year 11 students attend college one day a week. This gives students an insight into college life and eases transition at the end of KS4. All students are interviewed during Year 10 to see what they would like to do at college and then we arrange suitable courses with local Colleges and Alternative Providers. This year we have students studying at City College, Cornwall College Saltash, Aspire at Plympton and North Prospect Garage Project. Courses being studied are:

Automotive Engineering
Customer Services

All courses lead to recognised qualifications.

Work Experience

All Year 11 students complete a two week block of Work Experience at the end of June. This gives the students a taste of working life. All places are arranged via South West Education and Business Partnership who check that employers have both public and employee liability insurance and that their Health and Safety procedures are up to standard. Last year students worked in a wide variety of jobs including Catering, Childcare, Animal Care, Retail, Gardening, Health and Social Care and Sport. 

The Jubilee Challenge

What is the Jubilee Challenge?

The Jubilee Challenge is a trekking expedition on northern Dartmoor designed specifically for young people with special needs, both physical and educational. Incorporated within the Ten Tors Event it attracts considerable media and public attention.  Numerous VIPs also attend and are willing volunteers to hand out medals at two moving prize giving ceremonies held after the Challenge is completed. 

What does the Challenge involve?

Up to 300 participants from all over the South West are involved in the Jubilee Challenge each year.  Participants enter the Challenge as a member of a team or as an individual. Just like the Ten Tors Challenge, they are required to trek and navigate across northern Dartmoor to specified checkpoints. We usually enter two teams of five students in this prestigious event. Training starts in January culminating in the event itself in May.