Joe McCarron, a member of Air Training Corps (ATC) Ditton Squadron, gained the CVQO-led BTEC Level 2 qualification in Music.
Musically gifted and the lead drummer in the Kent Wing Band of the ATC, Joe was unable to take a GCSE in music as a home-educated learner. However, through CVQO, he was able to pursue an academic music qualification.
Joe has aspirations to become a pilot with British Airways, after studying mechanical engineering at university, but also plans to continue his musical interests by teaching guitar – and has already acquired several students in his home town.
Joe said: “Because I am home educated, I unfortunately wasn’t able to take a GCSE in music; thankfully the CVQO-led BTEC presented a solution. Though I already have a good mix of GCSEs and A Levels, I really wanted to pursue my interest in music and taking the BTEC through CVQO allowed me to do so.”
Su McCarron, Joe’s mother, said: “CVQO-led BTECs are a great way for our young people to access vocational qualifications and achieve recognition in subject areas that interest them. Academically able children enjoy them, but equally they will appeal to those who maybe don’t like taking traditional exams, as they can be tackled in bite-sized pieces.”