Miss R Graham Teacher in Charge of Active8 and iLearn

By taking Activ8, students develop a wide range of academic skills, knowledge and practical understanding of the world around them. Activ8 allows them to achieve progress parallel to their peers in the Academy. It helps students gain self-confidence, develop their speaking and listening skills - enabling them for working life.

Lessons are led by a team of specialist teachers and the classes are smaller than other curriculum areas. This ensures that students have support in organising and remembering their curriculum. The department aims to provide students with courses that are accessible, manageable, and of specific interest to the students.

The course is split into three parts, in order to give students the opportunity to access a wider variety of work, ensuring that they enjoy learning, with a strong literacy focus running throughout. The students will complete the Certificate in Employability Skills (Level 1), Diploma in Occupational Studies for the Workplace (Level 1), and GCSE Geography.


The NCFE Certificate in Employability Skills (Level 1) gives opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and key skills employers look for in employees.

Units include:

  • Understanding mindset
  • Work awareness
  • Self-improvement and personal effectiveness
  • Problems and Solutions
  • Taking Responsibility
  • Working with Others
  • Preparing for Work

NCFE Diploma in Occupational Studies for the Workplace (Level 1) provides an introduction to the skills, knowledge and understanding required in a range of vocational areas. Credits can be made up from the following vocational units:

  • Land-based
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Design, Media and Technology
  • Office and business
  • Retail and service enterprise
  • Sport, leisure and tourism
  • Hairdressing and beauty
  • Employability and social development                     

Finally, GCSE Geography provides students with the opportunity to develop first-hand investigations of places, environments, and human behaviour. It also integrates key skills for the future, including literacy, numeracy, ICT, problem-solving, and teamwork.

It follows three units of work:

  • Paper 1 – Living with the physical environment.
  • Paper 2 – Challenges in the human environment.
  • Paper 3 – Geographical applications.