Since 2005/6, a Vocational Enhancement Programme (VEP) in partnership with the Southern Regional College (Newry) has been developed. This exciting initiative has now been extended to include collaboration with St. Paul's High School Bessbrook, Newry High School and St. Joseph's High School Crossmaglen thus giving our Key Stage 4 pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of Occupational Studies, B.Tech and GCSE courses every Thursday, whilst gaining external accreditation.
Pupils are given the opportunity to study a wide range of modules including:
Building a Website
Carpentry & Joinery
Children to Participate in Play
Creating Up-styles on Long Hair
Electrical Wiring Practices
Food Preparation & Cooking Patisserie
Food Preparation & Cooking (Kitchen & Larder)
Growing Plants (Propagation)
Styling Hair by Blow Drying
Manufacturing Techniques - Assembly
Painting & Decorating
Running a Leisure Centre
Safe Tractor Operations
Shampooing & Conditioning Hair
The Physical Care & Development of Children
Understanding the Retail Industry
Using Office Equipment
Vehicle Servicing & Valeting Operations
A level 2 in CCEA Occupational Studies is counted by the Construction Industry Training Board as being equivalent to 2 GCSE grades at A*-C.
B.Tech & GCSE Courses
From September 2010, pupils from Newtownhamilton High have had the opportunity to study additional B.Tech First Certificates and GCSE courses in collaboration with SRC and our other collaborative partners.