This is a First Steps programme which gives learners a taste of different vocational sectors such as art & design, construction crafts, gas and plumbing, motor vehicle, hair and beauty, hospitality and catering, digital, science and business, sport and public services. It is perfect for learners who have not yet made their mind up about which subject they would like to study and to boost their English and maths skills. On successful completion of the course, learners can progress to a L1 qualification in their chosen sector. NB At our Cheadle campus learners will explore through a sector related project a vocational area of interest, with an opportunity to gain work experience inhouse/external within the occupational area.
The qualification provides a pathway into a range of sectors giving learners the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with different job roles before deciding which career progression they wish to choose.
Learners will study Functional Skills or GCSE maths and English alongside their qualification.
There are a number of enrichment activities throughout the year including:
Learner may progress onto a L1 vocational programme
Successful students who started the course with low esteem and self confidence have progressed to L1/L2 programmes at the college.
Assessment consists of both performance evidence and knowledge evidence. Performance evidence through direct observation and oral questioning. Knowledge through research and completion of assignments. English and maths will be assessed through exams.
This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course).