Vocational - Young Apprenticeships/Young Fire Fighters
Our Vocational curriculum is made up of three different areas of study; Young Apprenticeships, Young Fire fighters and Foundation Learning further information about each of these courses can be found below
The Young Apprenticeship Programme provides a route for KS4 students to study for vocational qualifications in Motor Vehicle, Hair & Beauty, Construction and Hospitality & Catering.
Students follow a 2 year course for 1 day per week developing good practical skills and knowledge related to their vocational area.
This is spent in a vocational centre where students receive instruction from specialist instructors, or on a placement with a local employer.
Students can achieve between 1 and 4 GCSE’s at level 2 in their chosen area.
This is a 2 year course leading to a BTec Fire and Rescue Service in the Community. Students will spend half a day per week at Wakefield Fire Station where firefighters deliver a structured programme of both theoretical and practical training.
The course teaches First Aid, Fire Safety and all practical aspects of firefighting such as ladder climbing, hose running, rescues, breathing apparatus etc. Students develop their own personal skills as well as learning to work as a team and solve problems. They work on simulation exercises at places such as Ossett Smoke House or Pugneys Water Park to assess their skills.
Students are also involved in the community giving advice on fire home safety and raising funds to support community ventures. For the past 2 years students have ‘bag packed’ at local supermarkets to raise funds for The Burns Unit.
A portfolio is collated with internal, external assessments and moderation. Students can achieve a GCSE at Grade B.
The culmination of 2 years work is a ‘passing out’ parade at Fire Service HQ at Birkenshaw where students perform drills in front of Academy staff, parents and Fire Service personnel.