Essential Skills

Vocational Entry Level

The Essential Skills programmes look to give you the necessary skills needed for future employment and everyday life.

This course is for you if...

...you want to develop your skills, confidence and ability to work independently.

...you have a learning difficulty, are working at entry level, and need to be taught in a small group with a high level of support.

Where can this course lead to?

Having completed the Essential Skills course, students may stay on for a further year and aim to improve their results by progressing to the next level in examinations, or move onto another Level 1 courses. Alternatively they may move into supported employment, or vocational courses at other colleges. 

What will I study on this course?

The course consists of the following qualifications:

  • Functional Skills: English (Entry Level)
  • Functional Skills: Maths (Entry Level)
  • Functional Skills: ICT ( Entry Level)
  • Edexcel Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Independence & Work (which includes cooking, health and fitness, travelling independently, leisure activities and art)
  • Entry Level Award in Personal & Social Development (which includes preparation for work, managing your own money, and dealing with problems in everyday life)

Extended opportunities and enrichment

The students will go out of college on a regular basis, to enhance their learning and give them opportunities to practise the new skills they are learning.

Where possible, students undertake in-house work experience, where they can be supported to learn employability skills. The group is small and the teacher/student ratio high, as students on the course often require more support in lessons and other activities.

Students applying for the course often need to develop their basic skills and to boost their confidence by being given the opportunity to progress in small steps, whilst receiving support.


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