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Vocational Education


Business Studies is a subject which has become increasingly popular in recent years - possibly because of its relevance to modem society with its rapid economic changes. Business Studies is obviously a useful qualification for anyone contemplating a career in business or a business or management course in higher education. It combines well with many other A Level subjects. Darrick Wood’s Business Department has been recognised as one of the best in the South East.

Key Stage 4:

AQA GCSE Business Studies
BTEC Level 1/2 Award in Enterprise

Sixth Form:

AQA A Level Business Studies
AQA A Level Economics
LIBF Diploma in Financial Services
WJEC level 3 Applied Diploma in Tourism
BTEC Business Level 2 Certificate/Extended Certificate
BTEC Business Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma

Other Activities:

Past visits include a factory visit-based trip to Europe for Year 13 and a water sports activity day for Year 12 students. Guest speakers are invited when appropriate and previous visitors have included a marketing manager from Scottish Courage Breweries and Senior A Level Examiners. Meanwhile, links with local businesses are invaluable in our delivery of the BTEC Business courses.

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care is designed to recognise and enhance skills, knowledge and understanding of the health, social care and early years sector including the settings, job roles, principles and values involved. It is a vocational qualification, assessed by coursework only, which contains both theory and practical components. It is useful for anyone who wants to work in the health and social care sector.

Students learn a variety of subjects based around health, social care and early years settings e.g. psychology, sociology, science, health and safety, food technology, government initiatives and policies. It prepares students for further training, higher education and moving into employment within the health and social care sector.

Career opportunities with a Health and Social Care qualification are: dietician, medical secretary, teacher, nurse, midwife, nursery nurse, doctor, paramedic, occupational therapist, activities organiser, physiotherapist, radiographer, psychologist, police officer, social worker, medical research.

Sixth Form:

BTEC in Health, Social Care (Level 3)

Other Activities:

  • British Red Cross First Aid Course
  • Complementary Therapies visitors
  • Health and Social Care Conference
  • Pembury Hospital Maternity Visit
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