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Occupational Studies


The world of work is constantly changing. Today it is uncommon for a person to have only one occupation throughout their working life, so it’s vital that we are able to transfer and adapt our knowledge and skills throughout our careers.

Occupational Studies allows learners to learn for work, through work and about work, and it provides the potential for this learning to take place in out-of-school contexts. This hands-on approach is ideal for those who prefer to develop their skills in a more practical, occupational environment.

Occupational Studies is both coherent and flexible and provides a good foundation from which to advance to competence-based post-16 courses.


Mrs. T. Coulter

Mr. A. Crutchley

Mr. W. Gallagher

Mrs. T. Power


  • Occupational Studies should enable learners to:
  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to undertake work-based tasks;
  • engage actively in work-based learning within coherent occupational contexts;
  • reflect on their learning;
  • develop an appreciation of the progression/career opportunities that exist through the study of Occupational Studies;
  • develop an appreciation of the environmental impacts of the practical tasks they carry out within occupational contexts; and
  • develop an awareness of general and specific health and safety issues arising from activities within occupational contexts.


GCSE Occupational Studies: Design & Creativity

Occupational Studies: Design & Creativity subject description at GCSE level.

GCSE Occupational Studies: Environment & Society

Occupational Studies: Environment & Society subject description at GCSE level.

GCSE Occupational Studies: Technology & Innovation

Occupational Studies: Technology & Innovation subject description at GCSE level.