Welcome to the Entry to Occupational Studies Learning Resources & Practice Tasks Page
Click on the link below for the Entry to Occupational Studies course leaflet to gain information on entry requirements, course content, facilities and enrichment opportunities.
School of Construction Riverside College
Hello and welcome to the start of your Construction course at Riverside College. Our number one goal at Riverside College is to give every learner a fantastic learning experience in order for you to be successful in your chosen pathway to employment. This resource will help you to prepare yourself for the start of your course in September, it gives you an insight on what to look forward to on your course and also includes a few activities to complete in preparation for your induction in September.
Our tutors are always here to help and are available to answer any questions that you may have in between now and the start of your course so please feel free to email them at any point, you can contact them or ask any questions about starting college by emailing email@example.com
I am really looking forward to meeting all of our new learners during enrolment, I hope you all enjoy completing the tasks that your tutor has set you.
Have a fantastic Summer,
Construction Head of School, Darren Moore
Hello and congratulations on your enrolment to Entry to Occupational Studies in Engineering & Construction at Riverside College. My name is Kath and I am the Entry Coordinator for your course. I am here to guide you through your first year at Riverside College, both from a personal tutor perspective and also from a pastoral support role too.
I really look forward to meeting you and working with you in the coming months.
Entry to Occupational Studies in Engineering & Construction
If you want to gain a qualification that is recognised across the UK, but you haven’t studied in a long time, or have experienced barriers to learning, an Entry Level qualification could be for you. At Riverside College, we want to give everyone an equal opportunity to an education and achieve qualifications that can help you build skills, increase your knowledge and boost your confidence. The Occupational Studies in Engineering & Construction will allow you to study industry related subjects that will give you a broad introduction to the world of work within the Engineering and Construction industries. There are no entry requirements but you do need to have a commitment to learn and a willingness to address previous behaviours and attitudes towards learning.
How you are assessed?
Entry Level qualifications are made up of a number of separately assessed units so your achievements are recognised as you complete each unit. You are assessed on a combination of tests, assignments and tasks which can be written, oral or practical.
You will also have to produce a portfolio that shows evidence of what you have achieved. It can contain things like witness statements which are a written or oral account of your performance, video, audio and photographs that are assessed by your teachers.
What topics will I cover?
This course prepares you to work in many of the areas of Construction and Engineering. The course is therefore delivered in two halves to enable you to experience as many areas of these industries as possible.
From September 2021, your timetable will include 3 or 4 vocational areas of study, together with a Wellfit programme which is aimed at encouraging you to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and also Career Development Sessions (CDS) that encourages you to develop life skills that will prepare you for the world of work. From January 2021, you will study the remaining vocational areas and will continue with the Wellfit programme and Career Development Sessions.
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What to Expect in Your First Term?
During your first term you will be introduced to other new learners, your tutors, support staff and all of the workshops that you will be working in.
You will work on team building exercises and also basic workshop skills. This will include the following:-
- How to comply with college standards and expectations
- Safe methods of working
- Correct use of PPE
- Risk Assessment
- Manual handling techniques (kinetic lifting)
- How to set up a work area and materials out ready for use
Further information can be found on SOLAR for Entry to Occupational Studies. There are a wide range of interactive resources including video clips, activity sheets, resource packs and sample test questions available for each unit. https://solar.riverside.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=111
Why Choose Occupational Studies at Riverside College?
Occupational Studies gives you exposure and insight into many different areas of the Construction and Engineering industries. It allows you to gain an understanding of what these industries expect from you and allows you to build on basic skills, qualities and knowledge that are transferrable to many different employment roles that will help you to gain employment and open up opportunities of working throughout the UK and potentially, the world. It may be that you wish to travel abroad once you are fully qualified?
Do you have a family member or friend who is a construction worker or an engineer? Has speaking to them prompted you to follow in their footsteps?
At Riverside College (rated Outstanding, Ofsted March 2020), we have excellent workshop facilities with the best tools and equipment required to progress you during your studies. We continue to update and expand our workshop areas, replicating all areas of industry.
Occupational Studies Course Content
Painting & Decorating
In this unit you will gain an insight into the painting and decorating industry. This will include developing an understanding of how to work in a safe manner, preparing and maintaining a work area and gaining experience of preparing an area for application. Development of your employability skills will be part of this unit.
In this unit you will gain practical experience in the brickwork trade area. This will include a basic understanding of how to select appropriate clothing when working in a workshop, select correct equipment needed for the task and attempt to build a basic brick wall. Throughout your tutor will work with you to initially support you and then assess your current skill level within this area. Health and safety regulations will need to be met whilst you are in the workshop.
Carpentry & Joinery
In this unit you will be developing knowledge within the carpentry and joinery trade. Throughout the sessions you will gain knowledge about specific tools, equipment and materials that are used within carpentry and joinery whilst showing the ability to communicate effectively. It is important throughout this unit they you are able to review your own performance.
Health & Safety
In this unit you will be developing your skills and illustrating your knowledge of health and safety in construction. Throughout all trade areas health and safety is a legal requirement to ensure that everyone is working safely. It is vital that you are aware of appropriate PPE to wear, hazardous materials that you may come into contact with and dangers or hazards that may arise in your working environment.
Working in Construction
In this unit you will be exploring the construction industry including job roles and the skills/qualities required to be successful in these roles. Self-reflection will be required to look at your current skills and how they need to be developed to be successful in this area.
In this unit you will gain an insight into the different areas of engineering. This will include defining the different fields of engineering and understanding the skills required to work within this area. It is important to know own strengths and weaknesses in relation to particular trade areas.
In this unit you will gain an insight the different areas of motor vehicle. This will include identifying internal and external parts of a car and being able to name and use common items of equipment needed to repair a car. Health and safety will be covered on this unit alongside customer service skills in relation to the motor vehicle trade area.
Customer Service Skills
In this unit you will be exploring the construction industry including the introduction of customer service skills and how important they are to support you to be successful in employment.
Working in a Team
In this unit you will be developing your skills to enable you to be a positive role model when working in a team. This will include self-reflection to allow you to identify areas that need to be developed and to be aware of your strengths. Working as a part of a team including being able to take turns in discussions, collaborate and cooperate, extend ideas by sharing with others, build on contributions made by others and receive feedback are all required in the majority of jobs. Opportunities to develop skills will be done via team building activities.
Problem Solving Skills
In this unit you will be developing your problem solving skills to ensure that you have the right tools to overcome common problems in the workplace/college. Through discussion you will be able to develop your knowledge of solutions and sources of support that can be used to aid you to make a good decision when in employment.
Introduction to Self-Employment
In this unit you will learn about self-employment, associated successful characteristics, planning for self-employment and also about income and expenditure.
It’s important to remember that everybody has to start somewhere, and that you need to be able to walk before you can run. Therefore our courses are designed to build up your skills from foundation level, to prepare you for working at level one, through to intermediate at level 2 and then onto advanced at level 3. With hard work, dedication and patience you will soon progress from one level to the next, but you must master the basics first!
WellFit and Enrichment
Our WellFit team are committed to delivering targeted activities that tackle inactivity in young people. This is through sport and health related activities and forms an important part of your course. Our learners develop skills and knowledge in lots of different, fun sporting activities and it is has established itself as one of the most looked forward to lessons of the week!
- Table Tennis
- Walking football match against Senior Citizens from our Community
- Sparring Techniques
- Glow Dodgeball
Teaching and Support Staff
We have an excellent team of tutors and support staff, all with decades of experience within education, the Construction and Engineering Industries.
All staff are qualified to the highest level and your vocational tutors are all time served tradespeople, and in some cases also hold supervisory experience.
We place a strong emphasis on preparing our students for the world of work. We monitor all students against four key employability skills (Attendance, Punctuality, Attitude and Ability) and progress them accordingly. We are able to identify those learners who excel within their field and often recommend students for future apprenticeship opportunities as they progress through the levels.
We have many success stories including students who have started at Entry level or Level 1 and then progressed into employment and apprenticeships.
Widening Participation in Construction
Construction has evolved considerably over the last few decades in many ways. Examples of this are in the materials and technology which is constantly changing, through to Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.
We fully support inclusivity and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and walks of life. We support initiatives to broaden the range of people involved in construction and provide a comfortable learning environment for all.
Trips, Visits & Rewards
For the last few years, our Entry students have made a trip to Moel Famau in Ruthin, North Wales, to put into practice some of the skills that we have learnt throughout our ‘Working in a Team’ unit. We have combined this with raising money for local charities by getting sponsors from our family and friends that encourages us to climb the hill (or is it a mountain?). The views are spectacular when you reach the summit and we are hoping we can plan this trip again as soon as we are able to.
We recognise learners who are committed to their studies and display an excellent work ethic. This is recognised in our learners often being nominated for, and winning, student of the month awards. Additionally, the excellent behaviour and attitude to learning of our learners has prompted us to take our learners on reward trips to E-Scape in Runcorn, ten-pin bowling and Laser Quest.
As part of our commitment to encourage our learners to ‘reach for the stars’, we have included trips to the world skills/skills build show at the NEC in Birmingham. There is always huge representation from many different employers from all corners of the Construction and Engineering Industries and this opens the eyes of our learners to future career opportunities that they may not have considered before.
UK Skills competitions give you the opportunity to represent your college and compete against other colleges in the North West, it is a great chance to showcase the skills that you have developed throughout your learning.
UK Skills winners will have the opportunity to represent their country in the World skills competition which will be taking place in Shanghai in 2021 and then in Lyon in 2023.
Below: Former Riverside College student who progressed through the regional heats and on to the National heat at Birmingham NEC.
It is very important that you feel organised and ready to learn when you start on your Occupational Studies course in September 2021. You will be given more information about this when you attend enrolment but below is a list or what is required for both practical and theory lessons. There is also a link to where you can purchase your PPE equipment.
- Safety boots
- Work overalls
- Training Shoes (Wellfit)
- Writing pad
Full details can be found here: – www.hivis.co.uk/riversidecollegewidnes.html
Tools are not required as we provide all tools free of charge, we just ask that you respect them, and your working environment and make sure that you clean up your work area after you and return the tools to the allocated place when you have finished using them.
Maths and English Functional Skills
English and maths remain an important aspect of your learning whilst at Riverside College and are critical for your progression within Construction and/or Engineering. You will therefore be expected to attend maths and English lessons and continue with learning in both of these areas.
Your future employment will see you having to provide written and mathematical calculations such as method statements, risk assessments, quotations, estimates, invoices, etc. It is therefore crucial that you maintain a good level of maths and English throughout your time at college – this is a compulsory element of your course.
You will find some maths tasks on our Solar site for you to attempt in preparation for your start in September. Additionally, The Oak Academy have provided some great free resources to help you to continue practicing maths and English skills whilst you are learning from home. You can find these resources by clinking on the following link https://www.thenational.academy/
New Occupational Studies Students:
Congratulations on being accepted onto your Entry to Occupational Studies course at Riverside College. All roles within the Construction and Engineering industries require the mastery of some key skills and qualities and lots of these jobs are very physically demanding. However, a career within these essential industries can be very rewarding both in a sense of achievement and also in respect of the financial rewards that are now available. Over the next few weeks you will get to know your tutors, key staff members and fellow students, but for now we would like to get an insight into what has influenced your choices and what are your career aims.
Please complete the two questions below to help us start to gauge your aspirations for entering onto this particular course.
- In your own words (minimum of one paragraph) explain why you want to work within the Engineering or Construction Industry. You can give examples of any construction work you may have carried out, who has influenced you and what you want to achieve.
- What are you career aims? Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Can you solve a problem?
As part of the course, you will need to think about how you can solve problems that may occur in the workshop, classroom or your future employment. Have a go at completing the task above – see if you can also work out the maths question regarding the cost of petrol.
Some other highlights of this course are
- End of term quiz and treats
- Laser Quest rewards trip
- Moel Famau Team Work and Charity Trip
- Spectacular views on our Moel Famau Team Work trip.
- Some students and staff reached the top a lot quicker than others!
- World Skills, NEC Birmingham – raising career aspirations trip
- Exploring careers at the World Skills Show
- Induction Team Building Exercise
- E-Scape Reward Trip