Wakefield City Academy

Wakefield City Academy

A culture of excellence
“An Outstanding School” Ofsted 2004/05, 2007/08 & 2012/13

Technical - Young Apprenticeships/Young Fire Fighters

 Our Vocational curriculum is made up of three different areas of study; Young Apprenticeships, Young Fire fighters and Foundation Learning further information about each of these courses can be found below


The Young Apprenticeship Programme provides a route for KS4 students to study for vocational qualifications in Motor Vehicle, Hair & Beauty, Construction and Hospitality & Catering.  hair


 Students follow a 2 year course for 1 day per week developing good practical  skills and knowledge related to their vocational area.    motor

This is spent in a vocational centre where students receive instruction from specialist instructors, or on a placement with a local employer.

Students can achieve between 1 and 4 GCSE’s at level 2 in their chosen area.



Young Fire Fighters Sports and Active Leisure BTEC

This is a 2 year course which involves students attending a Fire Station local to the school off site for ½ a day per week.  Full personal protective uniform will be provided.  The students will be required to provide their own PE kit.

The course involves both practical work and completion of a portfolio of written evidence.  It is assessed internally by Fire Fighters and externally by an assessor.

 During the course students will learn about healthy lifestyles.  Students will take part in fitness sessions such as the National Fire Service Entrance Test and the physical fitness tests that Firefighters undertake, to check they are fit enough to do their job.  Students will also take part in drills using Fire Service Equipment.  There are offsite visits to Pugney’s Country Park, Fire Service Smoke House’s and Fire Service Head Quarters. The students will also learn about Nutrition, Health and Safety and the importance of teamwork whilst in a work environment.

The culmination of the course will be a display of the students new skills where senior officers, school staff and parents are invited to join in the celebration of the students achievements.


Course Title

BTEC Certificate in Sports and Active Leisure


This course provides students the opportunity to learn in a unique vocational environment.  The students will develop valuable life skills, learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle and keeping fit. This is gained through a variety of activities.

Most Suitable for

Students that enjoy practical / physical work and activities.

Qualification gained

Level 1 Certificate in Sports and Active Leisure.

Awarding body and specification

Edexcel Level 1 – BTEC Certificate

Main Areas of knowledge and understanding skills

How to develop a fitness plan

Basic First Aid

Health and Safety / Risk Assessments


How the body works


Practical Use of operational equipment ( ladders, hoses, pumps breathing apparatus etc)

Development of key skills ie Teamwork, leadership problem solving and communication



Continual practical assessment. Portfolio of evidence.