Vocational Centre

The Vocational Centre (VC) provides a unique learning environment to all learners undertaking training/learning on any of the programmes we offer.

We are an accredited centre with City & Guilds, the Royal Society for Public Health, Southampton Solent University and Belbins which allows us to provide the following qualifications in house by our highly skilled and knowledgeable trainers and assessors.  

City & Guilds Accredited

The Award in Education and Training (AET) qualification is delivered by the Vocational Centre. It is a nationally recognised qualification which gives students the foundation, on which to build further skills in training and development.

The purpose of the AET qualification is to provide an introduction for those who wish to teach or already provide some form of training within their role whether it is to their colleagues, staff within the Trust or on a one to one basis with their service users or patients. It is a qualification that will equip you with the skills you need to support learners.

Students who successfully complete this qualification will have a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer in relation to legislation, equality, diversity, inclusivity and meeting the needs of learners. They will be able to sequence learning, plan and deliver sessions, using the appropriate resources and teaching methods. They will also be able to identify the characteristics of effective assessment and feedback.

Students must be considering a subject for delivery and aiming to achieve / or have achieved a qualification and/or have experience in their subject/skills at the appropriate level. They should have the ability to manage the requirements of the level of the qualification they are taking, read and interpret written tasks, and write answers in a legible and understandable form. Students will also need to be able to organise written information clearly and coherently.

All students should undertake initial assessments of skills in English, Maths and ICT. They should record their development needs and, where applicable, agree an action plan to address them. If students have already undertaken an initial assessment of English, Math and ICT skills, the record of their developmental needs and any previous action plan to address them should be reviewed and updated as required.

This course will be delivered one day a week over a 6 week period and you must be able to attend all six days of training. This includes a micro-teaching session on day 5.  

We are currently taking applications for the September 2019 cohort.

  • Course dates are 04th, 11th, 17th, 25th September and 02nd, 09th October.

To apply for this programme, please use the link located on the right-hand side of this page.


This qualification will enable learners to understand the importance of listening, hearing and observing when establishing appropriate relationships with individuals for the purpose of helping them to develop strategies to undergo behaviour change.

It will also help learners engage with individuals, if appropriate, for the purpose of brief advice and brief interventions and to support them in improving their health and wellbeing.

Assessment is by multiple choice exam and the qualification holds a credit value of 2.


The aim of this qualification is to provide candidates with an understanding of the principles of promoting health and wellbeing and enable them to direct individuals towards further practical support in their efforts to attain a healthier lifestyle.

It covers examples of inequalities in health within the UK, their possible causes and current approaches to tackling these inequalities. Candidates will learn how effective communication can support health messages, how to promote improvements in the health and wellbeing of others and understand the impact of behaviour change on improving an individual’s health and wellbeing.

Assessment is by multiple choice exam and the qualification holds a credit value of 2.

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Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a pre-academic study programme accredited by Southampton Solent University and delivered through the Vocational Centre. The course ensures a clear, consistent progression pathway from lower level qualifications into academic study. The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of a broad range of study skills and resources including the use of an e-portfolio across 7.5 taught days.

BTG is a restricted course. Only staff who have been accepted onto the Level 5 Assistant Practitioner Health OR the Level 5 Nursing Associate OR Level 6 Registered Nurse Degree apprenticeships can attend this programme.

Are your Maths and English skills holding you back?

It's never too late to learn.

Brushing up on your Literacy and Numeracy skills & obtaining a qualification will build confidence in your everyday and working life and lead to future development opportunities.

Literacy and Numeracy support is available to all staff.

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • You must have been a resident in the UK for at least three years OR hold a valid residency permit
  • You must not already have a Maths and English GCSE at grade A-C OR equivalent
  • You must be aged 19+ and not currently in any other government funded training

For further information please contact the Vocational Centre: Vocationalcentre@southernhealth.nhs.uk

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