Vocational Skills and Qualifications

We recognise that students with communication, socialisation and imagination difficulties all have different skills and attributes.  At LVS Oxford students learn a range of relevant academic and vocational skills in an environment that suits their individual needs.

LVS Oxford currently offers Vocational, Entry, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Qualifications.

2016 saw LVS Oxford receive its first ever GCSE results, with 100% of learners achieving A* - C grades. You can read more about our GCSE success here.


Level 3 Qualifications currently offered in school: 

Level 3 A Level courses are offered to post-16 students who are able to access the learning (Maths, ICT and Art).  These are offered in house or students are supported to attend a local further education college, depending on the course chosen.

 Level Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 Qualifications currently offered in school:

  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Geography
  • Functional Skills/Cambridge Progression Pathways in English and Maths – from Entry 1 to Level 2
  • Functional Skills/Cambridge Progression Pathways in ICT - Entry Level
  • NVQ catering Level 1
  • NVQ caterling Level 2
  • NCFE Personal and social development programmes from Entry to Level 2
  • BTEC Health and social care
  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC Jamie Oliver Award
  • BTEC Sport 

Qualification Framework


Students work towards level 1 or 2 qualifications in the following subjects:


We give our students work within the school grounds and our outdoor classroom/polytunnel. 

Some of the skills they learn and are assessed on include:

  • establishing and maintain plants
  • harvesting and preparing crops
  • understanding safe working practices
  • what tools to use
  • how to look after them.


Our catering kitchen and school dining hall offer a fantastic environment to learn the skills needed for the catering and hospitality industry. Students can learn about food safety and preparation, basic cooking techniques, special diets and customer care.

Supporting Qualifications

All students complete a Literacy and Numeracy qualification alongside their NVQ.

Find out more

For more details of these programmes and the opportunities, please contact us.


DfE School Performance Tables: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/ 

“Although only open since September 2014 and currently with just over 20 pupils, the school has already established its expertise in the field of specialist independent provision for children and youngsters with a diagnosis of ASD. I therefore consider that a placement for X at LVS Oxford would be suitable to meet his needs and have complete confidence that the provision he requires would be delivered as set out in his amended statement. A placement for X at LVS Oxford would ensure that he achieves the best possible educational outcomes to meet his needs arising from his ASD”.
Dr Hilary Dyer, Specialist Consultant Educational Psychologist