It is important that all achievements are recognised and that we support all students to attain the necessary qualifications to enable them to move on to the next stage of their career development.
We are registered as an Exam Centre with The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and students are able to sit GCSE, Entry Level and Functional Skills examinations with us, as well as a number of BTECs. Subjects currently examined at GCSE level are: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Photography, Art & Design, Food Preparation & Nutrition, and Sociology. The BTECs we currently offer include: Music, Travel & Tourism, Health & Social Care, Basic Cooking Skills, and Art.
Other achievements are also celebrated through the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance Board’s AQA Unit Awards. The Unit Award Scheme (UAS) is a ‘can do’ accreditation scheme for recognising learning and success. It rewards participants for personal progress and achievements that are often not recognised by more formal qualifications.
We also assess students for vocational qualifications, such as the Arts Award, which recognises both practical and academic achievements in the Arts. We are also a participating organisation in the Jack Petchey Award Scheme. Established in 1999, the Jack Petchey Foundation makes grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25. We are able to nominate students to receive an award every six weeks and successful applicants are able to attend a public award ceremony, where they receive medals and certificates in recognition of their personal efforts and endeavours.