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Explorer Pathway (Entry Level 3 and Level 1)
Learners on the Explorer Pathway follow a project based study programme at Entry Level 3, or specialise in a specific subject at Level 1 while gaining a well-rounded education through various strands of the curriculum linked to:
  • Work Experience
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Enterprise and Employability
  • Personal & Social Development
  • Functional Skills Maths
  • Functional Skills English
Study Routes

You can choose to study either an Entry Level 3 or Level 1 programme. On the Entry Level 3 course you will get a taster of eight vocational areas and work on units to complete an Open Awards Certificate in Skills for Further Learning & Employment in the first year followed by an Open Awards Diploma in Skills for Further Learning & Employment in the second year. 

You will complete two subjects a week, which rotate throughout the year and include hospitality, music, sport, horticulture, ICT & business, performing arts, media and art.

Learners on the Level 1 programme can choose three subjects and study for a general Open Awards Qualification or complete a single subject specific to your vocational area of choice. The Certificate is for learners who may be ready to progress quickly to further study. The Diploma is taken over two years, as a substantial vocational qualification within a study programme.


Entry Level 3 & Level 1 qualifications available:

  • BTEC Introductory Certificate & Diploma in Vocational Studies (combining three units from the subjects below)
  • BTEC Introductory Certificate & Diploma in Art & Design
  • BTEC Introductory Certificate & Diploma in Business
  • BTEC Introductory Certificate & Diploma in Horticulture
  • BTEC Introductory Certificate & Diploma in Hospitality
  • BTEC Introductory Certificate & Diploma in Information Technology
  • BTEC Introductory Certificate & Diploma in Creative Media Production
  • BTEC Introductory Certificate & Diploma in Music
  • BTEC Introductory Certificate & Diploma in Sport
  • UAL Level 1 Award and Diploma in Performing & Production Arts
What can I do after completing the programme?

Learners on the Explorer Pathway can progress to either a Level 1 or Level 2 programme with the main focus on a vocational course and work placement, or a Supported Internship. Some learners have continued from the Supported Internship into employment.



For further information on the Explorer Pathway, contact the team on on 024 7642 6163 or email explorer@hereward.ac.uk
We have extensive partnerships with employers and an expanding supported internship study programme.
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