Vocational Courses KS5
This course is aimed at those students who wish to work in the field of Health and Social Care. They learn about human development, health promotion and the structure of British care services.

The AS and A level specification in Health and Social Care should encourage candidates to:

- Develop and sustain an interest in health, early years care and education, social care and issues affecting the care sector.
- Acquire knowledge and understanding of health, early years care and education and issues affecting the health and social care sector.
- Develop skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the care sector including skills of research, evaluation and problem solving in a work related context.
- Apply knowledge, understanding and skills.
- Prepare for further study and training.

It is expected that students carry out much of the research work independently and produce course work portfolios that is based on clients and work environments. It is highly recommended that this research involves keeping abreast of current political and economic changes that affect the Health and Social Care services. This means reading current newspapers/magazines as well as using the web.

Assessment Structure:
1 Examination – Promoting Quality Care and Communication 40%
1 Portfolio – A health promotion campaign 60%
1 Examination – Provision of Health, Social Care and Children’s services 40%
1 Portfolio 60% – (a choice of one of the following):
- Care of Older individuals
- the role of Complementary Therapies
- the influence of food and fitness on health
- Working in Health and Social Care
All portfolios are presented and examinations sat in May.

The types of jobs that ask for this A level are adult, child and special needs nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dental nursing health promotion and caring for others.

The course is equal to 1 GCSEs and is a one year course. The main emphasis is on studying what is happening in the tourist industry, and the students will gain skills in helping them to work within the industry. The course studies the nature of the tourism industry and concentrates specifically on holiday resorts in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

Assessment Structure:
There is 1 external exam for this course. The remainder of the course is assessed on coursework in the following units.
- The Tourism Industry
- Tourism destination in the UK ,Europe and the world

The public services is the largest employer in the UK. The course will aim to teach you all you need to know and the skills required for a career in the Public Services and for further education. By joining us at the Public Services department we will provide you with a learning environment geared to promote skills and personal development that will result in achieving a worthwhile qualification.

The BTEC Certificate is a Level 3 course equivalent to one GCE AS Level. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a Level 3 course equivalent to one GCE A Level.

What does the BTEC in Public Services Involve?

Unit 1 - Government, Policies and the Public Services
1 Know the different levels of government in the UK
2 Understand the democratic election process for each level of government in the UK
3 Know the impact of UK government policies on the public services
4 Be able to demonstrate how government policies are developed

Unit 2 - Leadership and Teamwork in the Public Services
1 Understand the styles of leadership and the role of a team leader
2 Be able to communicate effectively to brief and debrief teams
3 Be able to use appropriate skills and qualities to lead a team
4 Be able to participate in teamwork activities within the public services
5 Understand team development

Unit 3 - Citizenship, Diversity and the Public Services
1 Understand the meaning and benefits of citizenship and diversity
2 Know the legal and humanitarian rights that protect citizens and promote diversity
3 Understand the role of public services in enforcing diversity and providing equality of service
4 Be able to investigate current affairs, media and support

Unit 9 - Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions
1 Know the types of expedition
2 Be able to plan expeditions
3 Be able to undertake expeditions
4 Be able to review their planning and undertaking of expeditions

Unit 11 - Skills for Water-based Outdoor Adventurous Activities
1 Know about different water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
2 Be able to manage risks in water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
3 Be able to participate in water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
4 Be able to review own skills development in water-based outdoor and adventurous activities.

What’s in it for me?
The course will provide you an opportunity to progress to many of the A Level courses, for example Public services level 3 and further education.
“I really enjoyed this course - It was my favourite subject and I am now studying the level 3 course . It provided me with excellent hands on experiences and the skills that I have learnt have been excellent. The residential courses and expeditions where amazing” Jamie Bevan (2010)
The aim of the BTEC Diploma Level 2 Sport and Outdoor Activities Course is to offer the pupils an opportunity through practical activities and experiences to develop personal performance, knowledge, skills and qualities. The course has a direct link to jobs and further experiences within the field and therefore provides an excellent foundation for future learning and development.

Unit 5: Safety and Injury in Sport.
- Know the different types of injuries and illness associated with sports participation
- Be able to deal with injuries and illnesses associated with sports participation
Unit 16:  Leading Outdoor Adventurous Activities.
1 Understand the skills, qualities and responsibilities associated with successful outdoor and adventurous activity leadership
2 Be able to plan and lead, under supervision, outdoor and adventurous activities
3 Be able to review their planning and leadership of outdoor and adventurous activities.
Unit 17: Expedition Experiences.
1. Understand the safety and environmental considerations for a multiday
2. Be able to use skills and techniques required for a multiday expedition
3. Be able to use the equipment required for a multiday expedition
4. Be able to plan, carry out and review a multiday expedition.

This course is equal to 2 GCSEs. The main emphasis is on studying what is happening within the sport industry, especially within Outdoor Pursuits. The students will gain skills in helping them work in the industry. The course studies canoeing, sailing and rock climbing, offering the students the opportunity to arrange and lead an expedition.

Unit 1: Outdoor Activities.
Unit 2:  Organising an Expedition.
Unit 3: Sailing Skills.

A BTEC Level 3 is a practical, work related course. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations from the Tourism Industry.

It introduces students to a particular employment area and provides an excellent choice alongside other work related qualifications and/or A Levels. The course prepares students towards the ever growing number of Tourism courses in University, as well as for employment e.g. Hotels, Travel agents, Tour Reps and hundreds of other jobs.

Core Units:
Unit 1: Investigating the Travel and Tourism Sector.
Unit 2:  The Business of Travel and Tourism.
Unit 3: The UK as a Destination.
Unit 4: Customer Service in Travel and Tourism.

Specialist Units:
Unit 1: European Destinations.
Unit 2:  Long-haul Travel Destinations.

Every assessment is set and marked within the school and assessed by external moderators. There are no examinations, but is made up of portfolio based work which involves completion of units to set deadlines throughout the year. Candidates are able to redraft their work and resubmit portfolios to include more detail. Therefore 100% of the final grade is achieved through coursework which suits many students.

This qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s setting including early years and social care.

The course carries 39 credits. It is a year course and learners can progress to the following job roles:
• Pre-school assistants
• Nursery assistants
• Crèche assistants
• Out of school childcare worker
• Cylch Meithrin assistant
This course also may lead onto a Level 3 qualification.

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which could include: direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

The students are expected to undertake a minimum of 280 hours working in real work environments e.g. primary schools and local nurseries. Therefore the students will attend school for two days and work experience for three days every week.

15 units will be completed during the year, studying topics such as:

- Children and young people’s development
- Communication within children and young people’s health
- Understanding how to keep children and young people safe
- Contributing to the health and safety of children and young people
- Understanding working in partnership with children and young people’s services

This qualification is made up of assignments and practical work, there is no examination. Students will need a DBS before they will be allowed to attend work placements.

The BTEC level 3 course is relevant to the science workplace. With more employers looking for qualified people in the field of science, technology and engineering it is a great opportunity to gain a science qualification which is more vocational and skills based. This appeals to many students as they are assessed over a series of assessments which concentrate on certain criteria rather than formal external exams. The course prepares students for a wide range of scientific degree courses or to follow a career in the workplace such as in Forensics, Pharmaceutical Drug Research, Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Dental Technician etc. The students learn through completing assessments based on situations, activities and requirements of the real work place.

The course consists of 3 core units studied in year 12 and 3 specialized units of our own choice in year 13.

Core Units in Year 12:
Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science.
Unit 2:  Working in the Science Industry.
Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques.

Year 13 Units:
Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems.
Unit 20:  Medical Physics Techniques.
Unit 22: Chemical Laboratory Techniques.

The BTEC Level 3 in Music Technology is a 2-year course which provides the student with core practical skills for work or further study in this exciting field. The three modules studied in the first year lead to the Level 3 Certificate (equivalent to AS): the three in the second year lead to the Subsidiary Diploma qualification (equivalent to A-level).

A wide range of professional music equipment is available for the use of students studying this subject, including digital recording equipment, sound processors, microphones, synthesisers, guitars, and electronic drums and drum machines. In addition, you will be using specialist music computers and gain experience of software such as Reason, Cubase and Sibelius.

The ability to play a musical instrument is not a prerequisite of the course, although basic piano keyboard skills would be of advantage. Of greater importance is a musical ear, the ability to use a computer with confidence, and the readiness to experiment with new musical skills and techniques to create and manipulate music of all types.

Year 1:
Unit 25: Music Production Techniques (Core Unit).
Unit 1:  Acoustics for Musicians.
Unit 32: Sequencing Systems and Techniques.

Year 2:
Unit 26: Music Technology in Performance.
Unit 29:  Live Sound Techniques.
Unit 35: Sound Creation and Manipulation.

Music Technology is a well established occupational area, and this BTEC National Award – which we are offering in partnership with Coleg Glan Hafren – offers a coursework-based qualification that focuses on particular aspects of this sector of the music industry. It would be particularly useful to those wishing to broaden their musical experience or to explore aspects of music technology and sound engineering. This is a BTEC Level 3 course, equivalent to a full A-level (A – C).

Over two years the course aims to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills for those who would like to obtain a level 3 qualification in Music Technology (Acoustics) and to develop their understanding of sound engineering concepts and practices (including MIDI).

Core Units:
Unit 1: Studio Production Process.
Unit 2:  Studio Production (Project).

Specialist Units:
Unit 1: Introduction to Acoustics.
Unit 2:  Listening Skills.
Unit 3: Specialist Subject Investigation.
Unit 4: Sound Recording Techniques.

Assessment: All assessment for BTEC Nationals is criterion referenced and based on the achievement of specified outcomes. The core units are externally assessed and will take the form of a Final Major Project to be completed during the second year of the course.

Additional Opportunities: Music Technology students will also have the opportunity to gain additional experience through providing sound engineering support for school-based activities and events

Ysgol Glantaf CISCO Academy
In 2006 Ysgol Glantaf accredited with CISCO Academy status. As a result Glantaf is the only school in Wales that can prepare students bilingually for a career in the IT support industry.
Students gain ICT knowledge and practical experience through the Networking Academy program can earn Cisco career certifications and help fill an estimated eight million networking jobs around the world.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in ITC
BTEC Nationals are QCF Level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualification, with the possibility of entrance into higher education, degree and professional development programmes
The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the IT support industry
The 360 guided learning hours (GLH) (usually six units) provides a qualification which is equivalent to one A level.

Course Structure:
Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT - 10 credits.
Unit 2: Comnputer Systems - 10 credits.
Unit 9 : Computer Networks - 10 credits.
Unit 10 : Communication Technologies - 10 credits.
Unit 101 : CISCO CCNA 1 - online - 10credits.
Unit 102 : CISCO CCNA 2 - online - 10 credits

At the end of the course students will have gained 1 A level equivalent qualification as well as completing ½ of the CISCO CCNA programme. Students who complete the course early have the opportunity of gaining the full CCNA qualification.