Construction & Motor Vehicle

At Atkinson House School we deliver an exciting and flexible range of vocational qualifications with the aim of progressing learners into further education and/or employment. Our range of vocational introductory units are selected from the sector specific areas of Construction and Motor Vehicle Maintenance and provide opportunities for learners to test out their abilities and personal preferences before selecting a chosen career or employment route.

NOCN Qualifications which we are approved to deliver through One Awards comprises of Core Skills (Mandatory Group) units and Optional units. Learners are required to achieve a specified number of credits from units in these two categories in order to achieve a full qualification. Each qualification can be made up of a combination of Core Skills units and Optional units, or Core Skills (Mandatory Group) units alone.



Key Stage 4

Learners enter year 10 and they are placed into groups based on work completed during year 9 and the results of their initial assessment. The vocational scheme of learning aims to build upon the foundations of key stage 3 and learners can now progress through the NOCN Level 1 Award in Developing Skills for Employment & NOCN Level 1 Award in Vocational Studies

The key topics covered during this year are: 1. To understand Job Roles in different Vocational areas 2. To use Relevant Skills, Knowledge and personal qualities in Different Vocational Contexts. 3. Understand The Health & Safety Requirements Relevant To The Vocational Contexts 4. To reflect on suitability for job role in chosen vocational contexts. 5. Be aware of relevant health and safety requirements, procedures and equipment. 6. Recognise and manage risk by following safe working practices. 7. Teamwork 8. Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

At year 11, learners have the opportunity to further build upon their previous year’s work and progress through the NOCN Level 1 Certificate in Developing Skills for Employment & NOCN Level 1 Certificate in Vocational Studies

The key topics covered during this year are: 1. Developing Practical Skills and Techniques 2. Use of Materials in a Practical Activity 3. Use Tools and Equipment for a Practical Activity 4. Vehicle Braking Systems Components and Maintenance 5. Tools, Equipment and Materials for Vehicle Maintenance 6. Identification of Basic External and Internal Car Parts 7. Checking and Maintaining a Car’s Tyre Pressure and Tread

Key Stage 5

Our learners will have the opportunity to participate in programmes designed to meet the needs of our specific trades.

NOCN Level 1 Certificate in Construction Crafts – Plastering NOCN Level 1 Certificate in Construction Crafts – Bricklaying Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Vehicle Technology

The curriculum from January 2018 to March 2018 will be as follows;

Year 10’s and new starters in year 11 and 6th form will be using relevant skills, knowledge and personal qualities to complete tasks relevant to their vocational context. Within the areas of bricklaying, plastering, hard landscaping and motor vehicle maintenance, learners will carry out tasks such as….

Building half-brick walls

Learning how to communicate with others when working in a garage.

Know duties, procedures and requirements relevant to working in a garage.

Lay block paving in basket weave and herring bone patterns

Know how to use tools and equipment for an agreed activity.

Know how to care for, maintain and store a range of tools and equipment.

Learners will also be encouraged to identify the ways in which their own personal qualities have been applied in completing their tasks.

Year 11’s and 6th form learners will continue to develop their practical skills and techniques. They will be outlining the skills and techniques involved in their chosen activities and using those skills and techniques to undertake tasks mutually agreed with their tutor. They will also get the chance to investigate a vocational area of their choice and begin preparation for the experience of work. Motor vehicle learners will be Introduced to vehicle technology, workshop methods and processes. Learners will be able to understand the correct operation and use of workshop equipment through activities and tasks prescribed by their tutor. Activities will include the use of measuring equipment, repairing damaged threads, removing broken studs, removing road wheels, changing brake shoes, pads and calipers.

Differentiation between the year groups can be satisfied through the use of a range of brickwork models of varying complexity. Similar practice will also be utilised within the plastering, hard landscaping and MVM programmes.