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This programme is an ideal option if you enjoy hands-on learning and want to improve your skills. You may be planning to move on to a Level 2 course but do not expect to achieve at least two A*-D grades at GCSE in relevant subjects. Or you may wish to prepare for employment by boosting your skills. This programme will focus on a mixture of vocational learning, Functional Skills and personal development.

Course type

Level 1

Course length

One year

Required qualifications

There are no formal entry qualifications, but you should be working at the higher end of Entry Level 3 for Literacy. If you have not reached this Level, or if you need support in lessons, Entry Level 3 Foundation Learning (the Preparation for Progression course) may be a better option for you.

What will I study?

You will follow an individual programme based on your interests and skills.

The course will focus on:

  • preparing you for further study and the world of work
  • personal and social development
  • Functional Skills (English, Mathematics and ICT)

You will choose three different vocational areas from this list:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Business
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Performing Arts
  • Art and Design
  • Sports

On the course you will:

  • develop your Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills
  • work in small groups on project work
  • gain a core set of skills and qualifications to help you progress

Method of assessment

During the course you will be assessed in a variety of ways, both practical and written, including assignments and tests.

What will I be able to progress to?

You will have a range of options open to you when you finish the course, including further study on a Level 2 course, providing you have achieved at least a Level 1 qualification in both Maths and English and have an excellent record of attendance and work submission. Students may also progress to apprenticeships and work.