Level 1 Extended Certificate in Vocational Studies (QCF)


  • 16-18


Course content

These qualifications have been developed to enable learners who are vocationally undecided to have their achievements recognised across a number of different vocational sectors. The learners will study units from Sport, Public Services, Travel & Tourism and Health and Social Care in order to provide an insight of the different areas. Employability units will also be embedded within this qualification.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Learners can progress to the Level 2 certificate in Vocational Studies.

How will I learn?

Classroom based

How will I be assessed?

Portfolio based assignments, no exams required.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


Equipment and other costs


Awarding Body

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Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

Good level of English Language 

Expected prior knowledge

Learners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification.

English level

Good level of English language 

Mathematics level

A good understanding of basic Maths would help but not essential 


Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

For further information click here.

For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here