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.

To foster these abilities, 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.


 Occupational Studies 2012/2012

Engineering and Engineering Services

Unit - Manufacturing techniques (Bench fitting)

Teacher - Mr McErlean

Technology and Innovation

Unit - Carpentry and Joinery

Teachers - Mrs Ferrin

                Mr Hawthorne

                Mr Teggarty

                Mr Wylie

Unit - Sound Production

Teacher - Mr Currie

Environment and Society

Unit - Growing Plants (Propagation)

Teachers - Mrs Nelson

                Mr Gamble

Unit - Running a Leisure Event

Teacher - Mrs Thompson

Business and Services

Unit - Food Preparation and Cooking (Patisserie)

Teachers - Mrs Livingstone

                Mrs Rankin


Food Preparation and Cooking (Patisserie)

The Occupational Studies course is a very practical, hands-on course which upon successful completion provides the learner with a Level 2 qualification.

This course provides learners with some of the basic cooking principles required by chefs in the catering industry.

Students will learn how to work safely and hygienically, applying legislative requirements.

The units covered include:

Kitchen and Larder- preparing hot and cold sandwiches, preparing and cooking vegetables, preparing and cooking basic meat and poultry dishes and to prepare and cook basic soups.

Patisserie- preparing and cooking pastry dishes, prepare, cook and finish cakes and sponges, prepare and cook hot and cold desserts and to prepare and cook biscuits and scones.