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.

We have a well-qualified and experienced team, who have supported many learners at all levels to achieve qualifications and personal development goals. Our committed approach offers:



Meet Tracey Strong, Vocational Learning Area Manager.

Contact: wbl@stvincent.ac.uk


Meet Andy Curtis, Coordinator of Access to Higher Education.

Contact: access@stvincent.ac.uk


Meet Julie North, Coordinator of Higher Education.

Contact: highereducation@stvincent.ac.uk



St Vincent College offers a variety of Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at different levels, for different occupational areas. These qualifications are assessed in the workplace. Some of our qualifications offer classes, depending on the qualification and level undertaken. Learners will be interviewed prior to enrolment, to ensure they are in the correct job role/have the appropriate work placement and/or that they have the appropriate experience.

During the course you will work with an assessor 1-1 to create a portfolio of evidence (where you build evidence of the work you have completed or assessments that have taken place). You will 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.


Care/Childcare Level 1 (Award/Certificate/Diploma)

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

The Level 1 qualifications are knowledge qualifications that can be used as an introduction to working in adult 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: 10 months

Care Level 2 & 3 (Certificate/Diploma)

These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a wide range of 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 Care is flexible to suit many fields in the care sector.

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

Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children & Young People Services Level 5 (Diploma)

This is a management qualification. 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 care skills, allowing you to support the care provision and support clients and colleagues. It also fulfils the regulatory requirement for those looking to become managers of children’s homes or adult residential and domiciliary services.

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


Support Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 & 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


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

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.

Learners interested in the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) will be required to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of early years education and care, including that they can support and promote children's early education and development, plan and provide effective care, teaching and learning that enables children to progress and prepares them for school, make accurate and productive use of assessment, develop effective and informed practice, safeguard and promote the health, safety and welfare of children, work in partnership with the key person, colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals.

The requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators to hold an approved English and mathematics qualification has been broadened to include other suitable level 2 qualifications, including Functional Skills. This means that GCSEs are not the only qualifications which will be recognised as meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) requirement to count in staff: child ratios and be recognised as Early Years Educators in the workplace

Course Length: 2 Years


Business Administration Level 1 (Award/Certificate)

At Level 1 you will learn how to carry out every day administrative tasks.

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.
This qualification is for learners who work or want to work in an administrative support role. It covers essential skills and knowledge related to working in a business environment which can be transferred to any type of organisation and industry. The learner will learn how to follow work procedures and carry out routine administrative tasks such as handling mail and filing. There are opportunities to build on skills and provide the learner with broader opportunities to develop wider skills such as using e-mail and word processing.

Course Length: 6 – 15 months (depending on award)

Business Administration Level 2, 3 & 4 (Certificate/Diploma)

The 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

Level 2 will help you gain practical know-how in providing routine and more complex administrative support. At Levels 3 and 4, you can build on your achievements to gain greater technical and managerial skills, as well as supervising others and contributing to the wider strategy of your organisation or department.

Level 2
Level 2 is suitable if are in a junior role and want to develop your skills to become a future team leader or business manager. You need practical knowledge of more complex administrative support, perhaps supporting meetings and events or retrieving information.

Level 3
Level 3 is suitable if you have some knowledge and experience of administration systems. You want to develop your skills to implement and monitor administrative procedures and systems, perhaps to move into a management role.

Level 4
Level 4 is suitable if you deliver administrative support services and contribute at a strategic level. You may lead or manage a team, or want to move in to that role. You need a range of administrative and management skills such as budget management and promoting innovation.

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


Customer Service Level 1 (Certificate)

The level 1 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. The learner may go on to a customer facing role in any industry or job role or use their skills to support the service needs of a team.

Level 1 will suit you if you are new to customer service, and are looking to gain basic knowledge, understanding and experience of dealing with customers.

This qualification can help you get ahead in almost any industry, as good customer-service skills are essential for many jobs.

Those looking to start a customer-service focused career may want to take this qualification to help build skills while you gain valuable work experience.

Course Length: 11 months

Customer Service Level 3 (Diploma)

The Level 3 Customer Service qualification is ideal for those who take pride in having to deal with people. You might be entering or re-entering employment, or working in a customer service delivery role in any industry.

Achieving this qualification provides employers with recognition of your ability within Customer Service environments. Having great customer service skills can help you move up in your career, no matter what area you're working in.

This qualification covers the elements of how to deliver an excellence customer experience and will equip you with the necessary skills to work and support customer service delivery.

Some of the areas that can be covered within this qualification are: organise and deliver customer service, understand the customer service environment, understand customers and customer retention, resolve customers’ problems, principles of business and manage personal and professional development.

Course Length: 12 – 15 months


Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance Level 3 & 4 (Award/Certificate)


The assessment and quality assurance qualifications are part of an integrated suite of TAQA qualifications for training, assessment and quality assurance practitioners. These qualifications are for people working in, or looking to enter roles in assessment and internal quality assurance.

The units and qualifications will provide people who carry out assessment and internal quality assurance roles in their organisation with the opportunity to develop and improve their practice as well as achieving a professional qualification for the role. They are available to anyone working in: accredited learning; non accredited learning (where people may assess performance but do not assess for a qualification). There are knowledge only units, these allow anyone who is interested in or needs to know about assessment and quality assurance – but is not a practitioner – to acquire knowledge and information about the processes. Although they are stand alone units they feature in each qualification as the sound basis for ‘competent’ practice. Achievers will understand the principles of assessment and/or internal quality assurance and have the knowledge to develop and improve systems at their centre.

The Level 3 is for learners to understand assessment and if required, qualify as an assessor. 

The Level 4 is for learners to understand internal quality assurance and if required, qualify as an internal quality assurer.

Course Length: 12 – 15 months 


Advice & Guidance

The Advice & Guidance qualifications are designed for anyone who works or wants to work in Advice & Guidance roles. These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed for Advice & Guidance roles. You will need to be working within Advice and Guidance settings and be in an employed or voluntary position.

These qualifications are for those working with clients in organisations providing advice and guidance support, 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 or as a careers advisor, providing advice within educational institutions, counselling or Citizens Advice.

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)


Please Note: If you wish to study this course as an adult student, please contact info@stvincent.ac.uk

If you enjoy reading and discussing books, this is the subject for you. We study a variety of texts, which will include novels, poetry and drama, from Shakespeare to the present day. There will be coursework elements in this course.

Course structure:

Poems of the Decade
The Romantics

A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
Hamlet by Shakespeare

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronté
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A comparison of two texts of a similar theme.
Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A text from the prescribed list

Course Length: Two years

Please Note: If you wish to study this course as an adult student, please contact info@stvincent.ac.uk

This course is assessed by two, 1¾ hour exams in the summer. These require you to demonstrate your reading and writing skills and your ability to understand language and its effects. This will be marked on the new 1 – 9 Grade system with a Level 4 currently being a pass grade. 


You will acquire skills in finding implicit and explicit information from texts and develop the ability to critically evaluate pieces of writing. You will also explore why writers use particular language, and what effect this has on your reading of a text. 


You will expand your writing skills to enable you to write accurately, paying  attention to spelling, punctuation and grammar. You will write essays with a particular audience and purpose, and develop your ability to write descriptively. 

Course Structure:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. 

  • Worth 50% of your overall mark
  • Begins with short answer questions testing your reading skills and leads up to a longer piece of creative writing. The tasks for writing will be on a similar theme to the reading section of the exam, for example you may be asked to write a descriptive story based on a given image.

Paper 2: Writer’s Viewpoints and perspectives. 

  • Worth 50% of your overall mark
  • This paper develops the skills from paper 1. It also begins with a short answer question and leads to a writing task. Here you will have to produce a piece of non-fiction writing giving your own perspective on a similar theme to the reading section, for example you may have to write a newspaper report based on a statement given to you in the exam.

Speaking and Listening: for those students who have not sat this exam previously 

  • Marked by teacher
  • Separate endorsement
  • Presentation in front of a small group

Course Length: One year


Please Note: If you wish to study this course as an adult student, please contact info@stvincent.ac.uk

The Functional Skills Mathematics course will enable the student to gain confidence and fluency in Mathematics along with a new and positive attitude towards the subject that they have yet to gain a significant grade or qualification in. Students will convey their confidence in using Mathematics by demonstrating a sound grasp of Mathematical knowledge and skills and apply it to solve Mathematical problems.

Course structure:

one-year course. 

The Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics at Level 1 consists of one externally assessed assessment. 

Each assessment comprises two sections – a non-calculator section (calculator prohibited) and a calculator section (calculator permitted).  

The assessments are available as paper-based and onscreen, on-demand assessment. 

Section A, the Non-calculator part of the assessment is 25 minutes and is worth 25% of the final mark. 

Section B, the Calculator part of the assessment is 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 75% of the final mark. 

Both sections are completed during the same exam. 


During the year students will cover these topics: 

Using numbers and the number system – whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages; 

Using common measures, shapes and space; 

Handling information and data. 

Course Length: One

Please Note: If you wish to study this course as an adult student, please contact info@stvincent.ac.uk

There are two courses available at Level 2. 

GCSE (Higher) 

This is for students who already have a grade 4 at GCSE Maths and want to improve it for future progression on to courses and employment which require a higher level of Maths skills. 

GCSE (Foundation) 

A one-year course for students who have achieved a grade 3 at GCSE and need to achieve at least a grade 4.

Course structure:

Groundwork number, geometry, algebra, and statistics are studied in the first half-term, followed by a more in-depth study of these topics for the rest of the year. November resit exams are possible, with the results being given in January. Exams are held at the end of the year.

Course Length:

GCSE (Foundation)

Grade 3One year, three sessions per week.

GCSE (Higher)

Grade 4One year, three sessions per week.



Specifically aimed at students over 19, the Access to HE Diploma offers a recognised entry qualification to higher education. You can study the course full time over a year if you have GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or for some university courses Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths are accepted.

For those candidates who still need to gain GCSE or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths, you may take the course over two years part-time, as you gain your English and/or maths qualifications alongside.

We also offer a Preparation for Access package of courses, for the year before taking the Access Diploma, either full or part-time. This is intended for those who feel they would like a little more preparation before committing to the Diploma course. Please see details below.



Interested in Higher Education? St Vincent currently offers a Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education, a Foundation Degree in Learning Support, a part-time PGCE/Cert Ed course and Access to Higher Education Diplomas.



There are many reasons why teaching is an increasingly popular choice of career for a wide range of skilled and talented people. Teaching is a rewarding profession in more ways than one, offering fantastic career prospects and development opportunities in addition to competitive financial benefits.




This is an exciting and dynamic course that provides the opportunity to gain a Foundation Degree whilst working. The Foundation Degree focuses on the development of competent, skilled senior practitioners in early years care and education. Following successful completion of your studies, you will be able to work as a senior practitioner in a variety of settings, supporting and caring for children 0-8 years.



Would you like to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of your education support role? If you have at least a year’s experience in a learning support context, paid or voluntary, and the ability to study at this level you could work towards a nationally recognised qualification in your field.


"Students' progression is a strength for the College. Students achieve qualifications and skills that help them to move to their chosen careers, to employment or to further training."
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