Vocational Base

Equipping students with core skills in literacy and numeracy and industry standard vocational qualifications, along with the confidence and aspiration to take more control over their own future..

The Vocational Base is a unique educational environment where students learn and develop practical skills with the objective of achieving recognised qualifications, such as City & Guilds, with built-in progression to further education or employment. Alongside this learning, we work with students to develop their emotional literacy and communication skills.

The Vocational Base provides a safe, secure and positive environment for students who have been permanently excluded, or are at risk of permanent exclusion, from mainstream schools. Their struggle to engage with education often reflects a fear of failure and low self-esteem, which our solution-focussed approach enables them to overcome.

We recognise that for some children a classroom environment is not the solution, which is why we are developing alternative education strategies, such as the Aweigh School and a range of vocational courses.


We provide an aspirational curriculum that prepares students for the next stage of life after school, typically education, employment or training. Following this route will lead to industry recognised qualifications at certificate or diploma level, alongside work related learning, English & Maths.

SubjectCore or OptionalExam BoardSpec Code / NumberHyperlink
Motor Vehicle StudiesOptionalABC50042208Click here
Angling and the EnvironmentOptionalAIMS600/5154/1Click here
Sport and Active LeisureOptionalBTEC500/4989/6Click here
Catering and HospitalityOptionalCity and Guilds7107Click here
Hair and BeautyOptionalCity and Guilds3001Click here
Media/Media and Game DesignOptionalBTEC500/8423/9Click here
Personal Development for the Outdoor Industry (Outdoor Sport)CoreNCFEClick here
Numeracy Functional SkillsCoreEdexcelClick here
Literacy Functional SkillsCoreEdexcelClick here
Mathematics GCSEOptionalAQA8300Click here
English Language GCSEOptionalAQA8700Click here