Students in Years 11 and 12 have the opportunity to avail of Occupational Studies at the Northern Regional College one day per week.
These courses are designed to provide a more ‘hands-on’ approach to learning.
There are a number of areas of study from which pupils can select:
- Brick Laying
- Motor Vehicle
- Hair Dressing
Learners’ achievements are based on evidence from practical work completed throughout their course.
These qualiﬁcations are approved by the Department of Education for teaching at Key Stage 4.
A Level 2 Certiﬁcate in Occupational Studies is graded at the same levels as a GCSE A* - C on the National Qualiﬁcation Framework and a Level 1 Certiﬁcate at the same levels as a GCSE D - G on the National Qualiﬁcation Framework.
Achievement below Level 1 is also recognised by CCEA as a First Skills Certiﬁcate which equates to Entry Level 1, 2 and 3.
These courses enable progression to other courses, particularly vocationally related courses, and to training and employment.