At Windermere School we offer a choice of two vocational qualifications, the BTEC in Business or NCFE in Sport and Physical Activity (Outdoors). Sixth Form students can choose one of these options as the Career-related study (CRS) within the IBCP programme or they can choose to study both vocational courses across all six of their option blocks.

NEW Outdoor Adventure NCFE

If you have considered working in the Outdoor Education industry or have a passion for adventure, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop your passion. Windermere School is based within the Lake District National Park, so you will be based close to the lakes, rivers and mountains required to develop your skills. As well as regularly supporting our Junior Adventure programme you will be expected to undertake a week placement in an outdoor education centre.

Why should you study Outdoor Adventure at Windermere School?

• Outstanding facilities, including our own water sports centre
• Engagement with external professionals and our full-time sport and outdoor education staff
• Combination with IB subjects to gain the IBCP

During the two-year course pupils need to study three mandatory units and choose nine from the list of optional units, taught in the classroom and practically in a number of outdoor activities. Outdoor Adventure combines well with Business, Sports Science, Geography, Biology and Psychology. Combination with Business BTEC also allows you to achieve a full set of qualifications equivalent to a full IBDP and access to higher education.

Business BTEC

Around 25% of university students in Britain today have gained their place with a BTEC qualification.

The Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) provides specialist and career-related learning relevant to a range of sectors. BTEC is the world’s most successful applied learning brand and can be delivered as a standalone qualification, or an integral part of the IBCP. The Level 3 qualification is an excellent route to employment, apprenticeships, or university.

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business is a qualification that offers learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills, and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. Students develop the qualities they need to enter employment in the business sector or to progress to vocational qualifications or university. 60% of the course is through course work assessment and 40% through external examinations.

The aims for BTEC Business are to give students:

• Practical experience from real world assignments
• Responsibility for their own learning
• A chance to develop interpersonal and practical thinking skills
• A strong core base of knowledge
• Real experience of effective teamwork
• The ability to work to a brief with set deadlines
• The ability to manage time efficiently to complete tasks and processes.

Option Blocks

Understand the structure of the International Baccalaureate and how our vocational courses allow students to create a pathway that is perfect for them and their future: 



Sixth Form Opportunities

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