Adult & Higher
Education Department

St Vincent College serves its community through a wide range of vocational and non-vocational courses aimed at adults living in the Gosport and Fareham area. However, adult learning doesn't just mean in the evenings. Adult learners are welcomed into full-time, daytime classes by students and teachers alike, while Access to University courses act as a bridge for adults seeking a route into Higher Education.

Don’t miss this opportunity to update your skills or try something new!

19+ Vocational Programmes

Work Base Learning Qualifications

St Vincent College offers a wide variety of Vocational qualifications for different roles within a range of vocational areas. Roles include: childcare practitioners, teaching assistants, health care support workers, business administration workers, customer service workers, information advice and guidance officers and managers, and those who work in a learning and development role or as assessors or quality assurers. These qualifications can help those starting out in their careers, or individuals already in a career, up to senior manager level.

Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

Vocational Qualifications allows us to offer qualifications at different levels which can be undertaken in the workplace, in the classroom or as workshops, depending on the level undertaken and job role/experience of the learner.

One of the benefits of this type of qualification is that they assess your ability to do the job, which makes them suitable to take whilst in work. A key part of the course will include demonstrating that you can do certain work-related tasks. A voluntary work experience, placement or employment in an appropriate setting is a Mandatory requirement. During the course you will work with an assessor to create a portfolio of evidence (where you build evidence of the work you have completed). You may also be assessed by observation, where an assessor watches you work and confirms that you can do specific tasks to the appropriate level of skill required.


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If you are not sure what course is right for you, please contact us to speak to a member of our team who can help you decide which qualification is best for you.

For more details on these courses and many more please contact the college on 02392 603600 or email wbl@stvincent.ac.uk.

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Health & Social Care/ Childcare

Level 1

These qualifications are for candidates who work or want to develop skills and knowledge required for working in the health and social care or child care sector. They allow candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the health and social care sector. This level is ideal if you’re hoping for a career in health and social care, childcare or are newly in post. It covers the basic knowledge that you will need and that you can build on.

Level 1 are knowledge qualifications that can be used as an introduction to working in adult social care or with children and young people. The qualifications cover a variety of areas, including: equality, diversity and inclusion; introduction to the role of a social care worker; health and safety; and awareness of safeguarding and duty of care.

Course Length: 6 – 12 months

Level 1 Certificate

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Health & Social Care

Level 2, 3 Diploma

These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a wide range of health or social care settings

Level 2 will suit you if you are a care worker or want to get your first care job. If you’re already working in care, you probably work mainly under supervision. You want to increase your skills and take on more responsibility.

Level 3 is ideal if you’re a care worker, and you have some responsibility in your workplace. You sometimes work without supervision. You want to develop or demonstrate your skills, perhaps to become a senior care worker.

A Diploma in Health and Social Care is flexible to suit all fields of health and social care. Learners can select a pathway that suits their role – for example, working with people with a learning disability, people with dementia or children and young people.

Course Length: 12 – 18 months (depending on level)

Level 2 & 3 Certificate
Level 2 Diploma
Level 3 Diploma

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Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services

Level 5 Diploma

This qualification shows that you have the skills needed to keep a care-provision organisation running smoothly with the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services. This qualification gives you the opportunity to build both your managerial and care skills, allowing you to help more people. It also fulfils the regulatory requirement for those looking to become managers of children’s homes or adult residential and domiciliary services.

This level will suit you if you are responsible for running a facility that provides services for vulnerable children, adults or both. You might be an assistant or deputy manager, or a manager who has not yet achieved a recognised vocational qualification at this level.

Course Length: 2 Years

Level 5 Diploma

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Children & Young People’s Workforce

Level 2 Certificate

This qualification is designed for learners who want to develop a career as a childcare practitioner, childminder, youth worker or nursery nurse.
You’ll need to be working or volunteering in a child care role – but other than that, these qualifications are suitable for anyone starting their first child care job or already working within a childcare centre.
Level 2 will suit you if you work, or are about to work, in a supporting role as a nursery assistant, Crèche worker or special educational needs assistant. You want to work with children, but you’ll generally work under supervision.

Course Length: 12 – 18 months

Level 2 Certificate for Children and Young People’s Workforce (CYPW)


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Early Years Educator

Level 3 Diploma

This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to become Early Years Educators and is designed for those who work or want to work in a Nursery or Pre-School setting or become a childminder.

Learners will learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the Early Years sector. The course will include the learning of: babies, toddlers and young children, from birth to 5 years and from conception to 7.
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets out the requirements for staff to child ratios in settings delivering the EYFS and the qualification levels that practitioners must hold. Learners will be required to have or be working towards GCSE A-C

Course Length: 2 Years

Level 3 Diploma in The Early Years Educator

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Support Teaching and Learning in Schools

Levels 2 and 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma

The Support Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS) qualifications are designed for anyone involved in or wanting to work within a school setting and would like to gain the necessary qualification to become a Teaching Assistant/LSA. There are a suite of qualifications which measure the knowledge and skills required to meet the support needs of primary, secondary and special needs schools. Achieving one of the qualifications demonstrates an individual’s ability relating to pupil welfare, care, behaviour and learning. The qualifications are suitable for those already working as learning support staff in schools and also anyone who is looking to work in schools. You will need to be working within a school setting employed or voluntary.

Course Length: 12 – 15 months

Support Work in Schools (Level 2 Award)
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 2 Certificate)
Supporting the Wider Curriculum in Schools (Level 2 Certificate)
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 3 Award)
Cover Supervision of Pupils in Schools (Level 3 Certificate)
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 3 Certificate)
Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools (Level 3 Diploma)

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Business Administration/ Customer Service

Levels 1 Award/Certificate

Level 1 Business Administration will suit you if you are just starting out and want to learn how to carry out basic administrative tasks. You need everyday skills, including handling mail and working and communicating with others.
The Level 1 NVQ Award and Certificate in Business and Administration meet the needs of candidates who work or want to work in an administrative support role. Suitable for the young or adult learner these foundation learning qualifications cover essential skills and knowledge related to working in a business environment which can be transferred to any type of organisation and industry. With the NVQ Award the candidate will learn how to follow work procedures and carry out routine administrative tasks such as handling mail and filing. The NVQ Certificate builds on these skills and provides the candidate with broader opportunities to develop wider skills such as using e-mail and word processing.
The level 1 NVQ Certificate in Customer Service qualification aims to give a basic knowledge, understanding and experience of dealing with customers in any environment or to recognise existing good practice. It will help those in a customer facing role to adopt and maintain behaviours and language appropriate to the provision of good customer service.

Course Length: 6 – 12 months

The Level 1 NVQ Award and Certificate in Business and Administration

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Business Administration

Level 2, 3, 4 Diploma

These qualifications in Business and Administration are for people who want to work, or already work in administrative support roles either within a public or private sector organisation, or people who would like to improve their administrative/ supervisory skills. You will need to be working within a business administration setting employed or voluntary

Course Length: 12 – 15 months (depending on level)


Level 2 Diploma (QCF)
Level 3 Diploma (QCF)
Level 4 Diploma (QCF)


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Customer Service

Level 2, 3, 4 Diploma

These qualifications cover a range of Levels appropriate for learners at any stage in their Customer Service career, from those who are just starting out, handling customer queries, to those responsible for an organisation’s overall customer-service strategy or analysing customer feedback.

Course Length: 12 – 15 months (depending on level)


Level 2 NVQ Diploma
Level 3 NVQ Diploma
Level 4 NVQ Diploma

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Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance

Level 3 Certificate or Level 4 Award/Certificate

Assessor and Internal Quality Assurer Qualifications
These qualifications are for people working in or looking to work in Assessment and Internal Quality Assurance.

The Level 3 provides a pathway for learners to understand assessment and if required, qualify as an assessor. Learners who wish to achieve these units could be assessing competence or non-competence based learning, knowledge or skills. They will select the units and qualifications that meet the requirements of what they are assessing.
Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (Level 3 Award)
Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (Level 3 Award)
Understanding the Principles and Practices of Assessment (Level 3 Award)
Assessing Vocational Achievement (Level 3 Certificate)

There are two awards and a certificate available at Level 4:
The Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice is a knowledge-only award for those starting their journey as internal quality assurance practitioners or those who need to know about internal quality assurance but are not carrying out quality assurance themselves.
The Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice is for practitioners who conduct internal quality assurance of the assessment process from within a centre/organisation, by sample planning, monitoring and advising on the practice of assessors.
The Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice is for practitioners who lead the internal quality assurance process within a centre/organisation and have responsibility for managing the quality of the assessment process, practice and the performance of assessors.
Course Length: 12 – 15 months

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Learning and Development

Level 3 Award/Certificate or Level 4 Award/Diploma

These qualifications help to improve standards of practice for those working in training and development.

Level 3 is ideal if you are working in training and development and have a great deal of technical skills and knowledge. You work with minimum supervision and have a good record of ensuring work meets the required standard.
There are three pathways available at Level 3:
Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Learning and Development. This is a single-unit award.
Level 3 Award in Facilitating Learning and Development. This comprises one mandatory and one optional unit.
Level 3 Certificate in Learning and Development. This comprises three mandatory units and a range of optional units.

Level 4 is ideal if you are working at a senior or managerial level in learning and development and have a great deal of professional experience.
There are two pathways available at Level 4:
Level 4 Award in Learning and Development. This comprises one mandatory and at least one optional unit.
Level 4 Diploma in Learning and Development. This comprises two mandatory units and a range of optional units.

Level 3 Award and Certificate
Level 4 Award and Certificate

Information advice and Guidance

Information Advice & Guidance

Level 3 and 4 Certificate or Diploma

These qualifications are for those working with clients in organisations providing advice and guidance services, on a professional or voluntary basis. The qualifications are for individuals that provide advice and guidance in a professional or voluntary role. You could be working in careers guidance, for a trade union, in a school, in housing, human resources or in health and social care.

Level 3 is ideal if your role involves providing advice and guidance directly to clients, reporting to line management as well as associated services. You may also supervise and support other staff members.

Level 4 is ideal if your role involves providing specialist advice and guidance to clients, reporting to senior management and networking with associated services.

Course Length: 12 – 15 months (depending on level)

Information advice and Guidance

Hairdressing

Level 1 Certificate, Level 2 and 3 Diploma

These qualifications are for those who work or want to work in hairdressing. These qualifications will help learners gain the skills to work in a hairdressing salon and cover a wide range of skills from shampooing, cutting, perming and styling to advanced colour correction.

A Hairdressing NVQ is for anyone who would like to work in the hairdressing industry. There are options to suit individual needs and aspirations – and if you are already working in hairdressing, you could develop your skills to become a senior stylist.

Level 1 will suit you if you are new to the industry and have little or no experience of hairdressing and barbering. You are looking to be a Hairdressing Assistant.

Level 2 will suit you if you have some experience in the Hairdressing and Barbering industry. You want to be a Junior Stylist.

Level 3 is ideal if you already have a Hairdressing or Barbering qualification and want to become a Senior Stylist.

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