Entry Level 1 Certificate in Personal Progress

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If you would like to learn more skills in a supported environment then this course is for you. Our aim is to support students in gaining the skills needed to live a more independent life and to move on to a further entry level course or supported employment. This course is designed for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties who may also have disabilities.

Course length

Two years

Required qualifications

There are no specific entry requirements but students need to be able to take part in group work and to have learnt some basic skills such as counting. Applications to the course must be made with the assistance of your school and be supported by an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) which the borough’s Post 16 SEN team should prepare. Applicants will then be invited for a practical assessment at the college followed by an interview where information will be collected from students and parents/carers. Successful applicants later take part in an introduction to the course before the summer holidays. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • person centred education to work towards your own targets
  • improving your skills in communication, numeracy and ICT
  • practical skills and creative activities
  • skills for work
  • independent and group project work

On the course you will:

  • take part in cookery and other practical life skills
  • design and make your own pieces of art
  • complete work experience tasters within the college
  • take part in a variety of sports and fitness activities
  • have the opportunity to do dance leading to public performances

Method of assessment

This course is assessed through a portfolio of evidence that you will create to show what you have achieved. This will be used so that you will gain the Edexcel Certificate in Personal Progress.

What will I be able to progress to?

The aim is for you to achieve skills, confidence and qualifications at entry level 1 which will enable you to progress to further study on entry level 2 programmes or supported employment. You will receive support in planning your progression options after the course.

Other information

The course will involve 19.5 hours of teaching each week spread over 5 days. Classes are small with no more than eight students. The college learning support staff will be on hand to provide group support during lesson time and breaks, and where necessary they will be able to take care of any personal needs.