Vocational learning centre

We provide an opportunity for students who have an interest in vocational subjects to learn and gain valuable qualifications for possible future careers.

Established in 1999 we have developed expertise in the delivery of a wide range of qualifications within a variety of occupations.

  • Motor Industry
  • Construction Industry
  • Hospitality and Catering Industry                
  • Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Hair and Beauty Industry

All of our facilities are modern and represent a realistic working environment.

Students are taught in small groups, to enable adequate teacher support where necessary. All qualifications are found on the Qualification and Curriculum Framework (QCF) and are tailored to the individual students ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to achieve.

All students complete the British Safety Council Entry level 3 – Health and Safety qualification.

The sport course allows students who have a passion for Sport and Leisure to work towards a qualification in this area. The course was introduced to capitalise on motivated students within core Physical Education. It enables students to progress to further education or to employment in the Sports & Leisure Industry.

The course can be studied alongside, or as an alternative to, GCSE PE.

Students will study a range of units:

  • Managing your health at work
  • Taking part in sport
  • Improving your own fitness
  • How the body works
  • Planning your own fitness programme
  • Working in sport and active leisure

These will build towards the following qualifications:

  • Entry Level 3 Award in Sport and Active Leisure
  • Entry Level 3 Certificate in Sport and Active Leisure
  • Level 1 Award in Sport and Active Leisure
  • Level 1 Certificate in Sport and Active Leisure

The Motor Vehicle courses are designed to enable students who have a real enthusiasm for cars to gain a qualification. In our purpose built workshop students are able to apply the skills learnt on cars in a realistic environment. This enhances their employment prospects within the Motor Industry.

The courses are delivered in units with each unit having a practical and a theoretical element.

Entry level 3 Award for the Introduction to Vehicle Technology
Entry level 3 Certificate for the Introduction to Vehicle Technology

Level 1 Award for the Introduction to Vehicle Technology
Level 1 Certificate for the Introduction to Vehicle Technology


The Catering courses have been established for those students who have a passion for working with food. The students are taught the necessary skills to enable them to begin a career in the hospitality industry or simply cook at home. A commercial kitchen and restaurant are utilised to ensure that students are challenged in a realistic environment.

A range of qualifications are offered:

Entry Level 1 in Food Studies
Entry Level 2 in Food Studies

NVQ Level 1 in Food Preparation and Cooking


Hair and Beauty     

This Qualification in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty sector, it is ideal for learners who are looking to gain an insight into the hair and beauty sector allowing them to learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and or career progression in this field.

 At Springfields we will offer the course at Entry level 3 and Level 1. Your level will be decided after an initial assessment. Whilst on this course you will be expected to wear salon uniform and adhere to strict salon health and hygiene. You will learn about the different jobs available and career avenues in the hair and beauty industry and how to look the part too!

 You will learn how to shampoo and condition professionally and give a relaxing head massage. We will look to understand different hair types and what causes the hair to act in certain ways, this will of course make it easier to look after your own hair. The course will cover hair plaiting and twisting of the hair and styling using ribbons, bows and other accessories.

 You will learn how to access the skin and how to look after your skin using cleanser, toners and moisturizers. You will be able to carry out facials and eventually learn how to carry out make up treatments. We will cover hands and nails, looking at the structure and remedying problems. You will carry out manicures where you shape the nail, moisturize the cuticles and massage the hand finishing with a professional finish polish. We will experiment with the latest nail art products and techniques, allowing you to creating a modern fashionable look.

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