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North Shropshire College

The Power of Vocational Qualifications!

Anna Thomas, lecturer in Independent Living at North Shropshire College (NSC) showcases the educational value of delivering qualifications linked to vocational sectors. Working in partnership with Open College Network West Midlands has resulted in some excellent outcomes and progression opportunities for learners.

“The flexibility of Open College Network west Midlands units has allowed NSC to create bespoke vocational programmes of study linked to the key growth sectors in the area, further enhancing the employability opportunities for learners.”  Anna Thomas, North Shropshire College
 

Independent Living at NSC is a specialist department within an FE college which provides education to 45 young people with additional support needs and learning difficulties.

The curriculum provides learners with the opportunities to develop vocational, personal, social and employability skills in a range of subject areas. The aim is to prepare learners for progression into further study, employment and independence.

The qualifications:

  • Open College Network West Midlands Entry Level Diploma in Living Independently – 601/6220/X   (Entry Level 2)
  • Open College Network West Midlands Entry Level Diploma in Employability and Development Skills – 601/6582/0   (Entry Level 3)
  • Open College Network West Midlands Level 1 Diploma in Employability and Development Skills – 601/6694/0
The curriculum allows learners to develop skills in a range of vocational subjects linked to priority sectors in the local area such as catering, land-based industries, the visitor economy and the care industry. 
 
The flexibility of Open College Network West Midlands units has allowed NSC to create bespoke vocational programmes of study linked to the key growth sectors in the area, further enhancing the employability opportunities for learners.

For more information about North Shropshire College please visit their website: http://www.nsc.ac.uk/
 
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