Welcome to Level 1 & Essential Skills

Our Level 1 & Essential Skills programmes comprises Entry Level and Level 1. These programmes generally have no specific entry criteria and provide a personalised and flexible approach to learning, so you can gain the skills and qualifications to allow you to progress to further study or employment.

Students will go out of the college on a regular basis, to enhance their learning and give them opportunities to practise the new skills they are learning.
- Anne Cook, Learning Area Manager
Many of our students go on to pursue further education once they have gained their foundation qualifications at Itchen.

Our Courses

Essential Skills

Vocational Entry Level

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Level 1 Programmes

Vocational Level 1

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Student success

Lauren Lally

Lauren Lally

Lauren came to Itchen from Great Oaks School. She excelled in her time at Itchen, completing several qualifications during her time here.

BTEC Certificate in Skills for Independence and Work - Pass

Maths Functional Skills - Pass

IT Users BTEC Level 1 - Pass


Department news

Hampshire Dentist Visits Essential Skills

On Tuesday 17 January, Essential Skills welcomed Rob, Tracy and Leah to tell the students about their work in a local dental practice. The article below is…

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Essential Skills Video for Children in Need

Our Essential Skills students have taken part in some filming for the BBC recently as part of Children in Need and for Choices Advocacy.  Ophelia Matthias had…

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Essential Skills Students Visit Abracazebra in the Wild!

On Tuesday 13 September, our Essential Skills students visited Southampton city centre to see part of Marwell's Zany Zebra trail and visit their zebra,…

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Key personnel

Anne Cook - Learning Area Manager for Essential Skills

Anne Cook

Teacher of Essential Skills and Support4Learning Manager

Lisa Hodges - Learning Area Manager for Level 1

Lisa Hodges

Teacher of Level 1 courses