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Vocational Access Programme (VAP) – Entry Level 3 / Level 1

Course Overview

VAP is aimed at young people who have some idea of the area that they want to study, but are unsure of what they would like to do for a career, for employment, or who need more time to develop their confidence in the learning and practical skills. The course offers the chance to gain some experience in several different subject in the chosen area at Entry Level 3 and Level 1 as well as improving English and maths, IT and employment skills.

What topics are covered?

Functional skills English and maths, IT, employment skills, volunteering, work experience and social development qualifications are taken by all students.


Streams you choose from:


City Centre Campus:

Access to Business and IT

Access to Creative Industries
Access to Hair and Beauty

Access to Health and Social Care
Access to Hospitality and Catering
Access to Public Services and Sport

Somer Valley Campus:

Access to Construction

Access to Engineering  (Plumbing/Electrical)

Access to Landbased (Animal Care & Horticulture)

Access to Motor Vehicle


Other pathways may become available subject to demand. Please contact our Student Advice Centre for more information.


Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

How will I learn?

This is a full time course over 3/4 days a week with a mixture of practical and classroom activities.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework, role plays, practical assessments, completion of a portfolio and online or paper-based assessments.

What can I do after this course?

Students who are successful on VAP will achieve a qualification equivalent to 3/4 GCSE’s at grade D, plus extra qualifications which will begin to develop your CV. You can then go onto study further qualification that specialises in the vocational area of your choice.

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

Foundation Learning

Where can I find out more information?

For more information please contact jo.wallace@bathcollege.ac.uk or danielle.lally@bathcollege.ac.uk

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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