July 8, 2020

Applied Learning

In April 2007, DSTC was officially granted a second specialism in Applied Learning. As a subject area we are growing all the time and developing a range of courses to suit a wide variety of learners. The aim is to equip KS 4 students not only with academic qualifications but to deliver courses that develop skills to enhance their employability in the future. All Applied Learning courses have a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning.

Applied Learning offers every student the chance to achieve, giving students the option of alternative pathways and clear progression routes  to further education and employment. Becoming a specialist school for Applied Learning has enabled us to personalise the curriculim for our learners. Pupils in Year 10 currently have the opportunity to follow an Applied Learning course in one of the following areas: Business Studies, Child Development, Health and Social Care, ICT and Leisure & Toursim.

At KS 5 students can choose from level 2 Applied Learning courses in Business Studies, Childcare, Health & Social Care, ICT and Travel & Tourism. There are plans to add a Basic Construction Skills VRQ and a Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques. Level 3 courses are offered in Business Studies, ICT and Health & Social Care.

We remain active within the Wilmington, Hextable, Swanley and Dartford consortium of schools in delivering the new Diplomas which provide students with the opportunity to choose from 9 new lines of learning – Business,     Administration & Finance, Construction, Creative & Media, Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality, ICT, Travel & Tourism and Environmental & Land Based Studies. There are plans to introduce an additional line, Society, Health & Development.

Year 11 students have the opportunity to go on a week long experience placement during the autumn  term and during CVE lessons students participate in career/work related lessons to help them prepare for their future.

As a specialism with DTC, Applied Learning plays a key role in driving up the number of young people achieving level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications, including English and Mathematics, and reducing NEET (not in education or training) figures.