Qualifications for Year 11 & 12

Qualification Options for Year 11 & 12

BTEC Level 2 Courses

The College offer a range of BTEC Level 2 Courses to Year 11 and 12 Students. These are similar to Occupational Studies but there is an assessed theory element. The theory exam for these 4 subjects is worth 40% of the total mark.   The viability of these courses depends on student uptake.

The 4 areas offered are:

  • Agriculture – equivalent to 2 GCSEs over 1 Year
  • Construction – equivalent to 1 GCSE over 1 Year
  • Engineering – equivalent to 1 GCSE over 1 Year
  • Children’s Care, Learning & Development – equivalent to 1 GCSE over 1 Year

Occupational Studies

The world of work is constantly changing. Today it is uncommon for a person to have only one occupation throughout their working life, so it’s vital that Students are able to transfer and adapt their knowledge and skills throughout their careers. To foster these abilities, Occupational Studies have been developed to allow students to learn for work, through work and about work, and it provides the potential for this learning to take place in out-of-school contexts. This hands-on approach is ideal for those who prefer to develop their skills in a more practical, occupational environment.
Occupational Studies is 100% assessed through ‘doing’ – NO EXAMS!
Career Pathways
Occupational Studies is both coherent and flexible and provides a good foundation from which to advance to competence-based post-16 courses.
The Occupational Studies specifications:
  • focus on occupation and employability;
  • enable progression to other courses, training and employment;
  • help to raise levels of achievement; and
  • emphasise learning by doing, which helps Students to develop the transferable skills needed in a changing and dynamic working environment.
Students who have decided to study Occupational Studies can do so at Level 1 and Level 2 depending on their ability.
Students select to study two units  in Year 11 and two in Year 12. The nature of the qualification restrictions encourages students to try a wide range of activities. No unit or area can be studied twice.
These units are selected from 6 Occupational Areas:
  1. Design and Creativity;
  2. Technology and Innovation;
  3. Construction;
  4. Business and Services;
  5. Environment and Society; and
  6. Engineering and Engineering Services. 
Click here to take you to the various units within Occupational Studies and what is available at each SWC campus.


Each qualification has two units. Each unit is worth 50 percent of the overall qualification. For each unit, learners must present their evidence for assessment in a portfolio. The portfolio of evidence for each unit must contain the following:

Evidence of knowledge and understanding (AO1)

  • This may be in the form of written answers to questions or, where more appropriate, a record of oral responses to questions. The evidence must cover the range of knowledge and understanding set out in the unit content.

Evidence of application of knowledge, understanding and skills (AO2)

  • Teachers/Lecturers assess all activities to occupational standards by observing the Students performance in practical tasks.

Evidence of analysis and evaluation of their work (AO3)

  • Students carry out an evaluation for each assessment task within each unit. This should consist of self-reflective statements that analyse and evaluate their performance and indicate how they could make improvements. They should also present an end-of-unit evaluation. This should reflect their new level of knowledge and understanding in the specialist area and the impact it may have on their progression and career opportunities.

A diary of activities undertaken

  • The diary should record all the activities the Student carries out as part of the unit. During each lesson, both the Student and the Teacher or Lecturer sign and date the diary.

A record of all the assessment evidence

  • This record should indicate where to find each piece of assessment evidence.

  • Evidence in learners’ portfolios may be written, photographic or video recorded.

Grading – how do Occupational Studies compare to GCSEs?

The equivalent GCSE grading system as applied to Occupational Studies is:
Occupational Studies Grade GCSE Equivalent
Level 2 Distinction * A*
Level 2 Distinction A
Level 2 Merit B
Level 2 Pass C
Level 1 Distinction D
Level 1 Merit E
Level 1 Pass F/G
Ungraded /Unclassified

For further information about any of the courses or how to get involved with the programme please contact:

Michelle O’Flaherty – Schools EF Coordinator, Omagh
Tel: 028 8225 0109 Extension 5414
or Email: Michelle.oflaherty@swc.ac.uk
Dessie Gamble – Schools Liaison Officer, Omagh
Tel: 028 8225 0109 Extension 5421
or Email: des.gamble@swc.ac.uk
Carmel Durkin – Schools EF Coordinator, Enniskillen
Tel: 028 8225 0109 Extension 2329
or Email: carmel.durkin@swc.ac.uk