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Key details

Attendance Full-Time
Duration
Code
Awarding Body
Level Entry Level 3
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

Are you not sure what your next steps are? If you have learning difficulties, no formal qualifications, or limited GCSE grades, then don’t worry!

One of our progression courses could be perfect to help shape your future.

On Progression to Learning and Work we will support you to build your confidence, develop new skills and help you improve your English and maths, ready for your next steps through College.

If you have learning difficulties and/or disabilities our Skills for Independence (entry level 1 and 2) or Skills for Employment (entry level 3) study programmes have been designed to help you develop skills in working with others,  communication, being independent, learning and taking part in work related activities.

The entry level 3 and level 1 vocational study programmes are ideal for students who have no or limited qualifications. The study programme gives students the opportunity to develop confidence in their personal and social development as well as building on their vocational employability skills. A key element of the programme is to develop maths and English skills to support progression routes to level 2 and 3. In addition to this, students may participate in work experience.

Progression to Learning and Work vocational study programmes cover a huge range of options at Entry 3 and Level 1 and are your stepping stone to careers in the following areas: Art, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Childcare, Digital Media, Enterprise, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, ICT Outdoor Studies, Performing Arts, Public Services, Science, Sport, Travel and Tourism.

With our guidance and support, you’ll grow in self-confidence and gain the skills you need to pursue further study or to start a successful career.

What you'll study

The Skills for Independence course offers school leavers, with Education Health Care plans, the next step in their learning experience, based within a specialised discreet provision in the College environment. The course supports students working in the range of Pre-Entry Level to Entry Level 2, who experience challenges and difficulties in their learning, offering a personalised learning experience and pastoral support.

Students will learn though a mixture of classroom based and practical activities that incorporate life skills as well as functional skills English and maths. Learning is highly personalised and focused on the importance of ‘Being Me’.

The following topics will be delivered to students using a holistic approach.

  • Being me
  • Being connected
  • Being safe
  • Getting the right support
  • Relationships and friendships
  • Being healthy, both physically and mentally
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Personal hygiene
  • Getting to know the community

You will learn in a supported environment, though a mixture of classroom based and practical activities to build on personal and social development and life skills, as well as functional skills qualifications in English and maths. There will also be opportunities for experience of work.

You will work towards a City & Guilds qualification in Employability Skills via a selection of the following units:

  • Team working
  • Enterprise
  • Effective Communication
  • Healthy living
  • Planning a journey on public transport
  • Effective communication
  • Dealing with problems

All our study programmes include an opportunity to gain a GCSE or Functional skills qualification in English and maths as well as a City & Guilds Employability qualification that covers the following units:

Entry 3

Planning for progression

Candidate project

Rights, responsibilities and citizenship

Safe learning in the workplace

Introduction to ICT

Careers and employability skills

Level 1

Effective skills for learning and work

Environmental awareness

Equality & Diversity

Team working

Stress management

Crime and its effects

Work life balance

Interpersonal relationships

Each study programme has a vocational option as detailed below,

Entry Level 3

You can choose one of the following:

Level 1

You can choose one of the following:

All Progression to Learning and Work students have their own personal tutor who ensures that students receive pastoral support and cover essential life skills topics such as

  • Study skills and preparation for work or further study
  • UNITED values and PREVENT
  • Personal and social development
  • Keeping safe

The development of soft skills is actively encouraged and developed through a variety of enrichment activities such as sports, arts and out of college trips.

The course will prepare students for further study, work and life in modern Britain by developing the following:

Skills: Communication/interpersonal/decision-making/problem-solving/independence/self-confidence/independent travel/citizenship/work skills/ICT & digital, study skills.

Knowledge: English and maths/vocational/employability

Behaviours: Conducive to UNITED VALUES e.g respecting self and others, understanding and acceptance of different faiths, belief in equality, positive values and attitudes etc.

  • The Skills for Independence course offers school leavers, with Education Health Care plans, the next step in their learning experience, based within a specialised discreet provision in the College environment. The course supports students working in the range of Pre-Entry Level to Entry Level 2, who experience challenges and difficulties in their learning, offering a personalised learning experience and pastoral support.

    Students will learn though a mixture of classroom based and practical activities that incorporate life skills as well as functional skills English and maths. Learning is highly personalised and focused on the importance of ‘Being Me’.

    The following topics will be delivered to students using a holistic approach.

    • Being me
    • Being connected
    • Being safe
    • Getting the right support
    • Relationships and friendships
    • Being healthy, both physically and mentally
    • Team working
    • Communication
    • Personal hygiene
    • Getting to know the community
  • You will learn in a supported environment, though a mixture of classroom based and practical activities to build on personal and social development and life skills, as well as functional skills qualifications in English and maths. There will also be opportunities for experience of work.

    You will work towards a City & Guilds qualification in Employability Skills via a selection of the following units:

    • Team working
    • Enterprise
    • Effective Communication
    • Healthy living
    • Planning a journey on public transport
    • Effective communication
    • Dealing with problems
  • All our study programmes include an opportunity to gain a GCSE or Functional skills qualification in English and maths as well as a City & Guilds Employability qualification that covers the following units:

    Entry 3

    Planning for progression

    Candidate project

    Rights, responsibilities and citizenship

    Safe learning in the workplace

    Introduction to ICT

    Careers and employability skills

    Level 1

    Effective skills for learning and work

    Environmental awareness

    Equality & Diversity

    Team working

    Stress management

    Crime and its effects

    Work life balance

    Interpersonal relationships

    Each study programme has a vocational option as detailed below,

    Entry Level 3

    You can choose one of the following:

    Level 1

    You can choose one of the following:

  • All Progression to Learning and Work students have their own personal tutor who ensures that students receive pastoral support and cover essential life skills topics such as

    • Study skills and preparation for work or further study
    • UNITED values and PREVENT
    • Personal and social development
    • Keeping safe

    The development of soft skills is actively encouraged and developed through a variety of enrichment activities such as sports, arts and out of college trips.

  • The course will prepare students for further study, work and life in modern Britain by developing the following:

    Skills: Communication/interpersonal/decision-making/problem-solving/independence/self-confidence/independent travel/citizenship/work skills/ICT & digital, study skills.

    Knowledge: English and maths/vocational/employability

    Behaviours: Conducive to UNITED VALUES e.g respecting self and others, understanding and acceptance of different faiths, belief in equality, positive values and attitudes etc.

Assessment

All Employability and Personal and Social Development courses are assessed though course work and portfolios.

GCSE and functional skills English and maths are assessed via examinations.

Entry requirements

For Entry level courses, there are no entry requirements, although you may be required to attend an interview.

For our level 1 courses you are usually expected to have a grade 2 GCSE in maths and English or Entry level 3 functional skills maths and English.

Work experience

Students will have the opportunity to take part in experience of work throughout the programme. This could be an internal placement within the College or with an external provider based on the students’ vocational aspirations.

The department has a supported Internship scheme for students with EHCP’s to progress onto with two excellent Bradford employers; NEXT and BRI.

Next steps

Students from this course could progress onto the following learning programmes:

  • L1/L2 courses
  • Prince’s Trust
  • Qube Learning
  • Supported volunteering
  • Mind the Gap
  • Apprenticeships
  • Aspire I
  • Supported internships
Students could progress into the following careers: Potential career destinations could come from the students’ chosen vocational pathways, and could include catering, gardening, business, I.C.T., sports and childcare, community volunteering, travel and tourism, hair and beauty therapies, public services etc. Students with EHCP’s may progress onto a supported internship with Next or BRI.

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Tuition fees

Depending on the vocational option chosen, there may be kit requirements for example uniform in catering and public services.

No tuition fees are associated with the course.

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