Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2015 to July 2016) and are subject to change next year.
All our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 24 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out a 24+ loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
The course is designed to develop transferable skills, knowledge and attitudes in readiness for paid employment. The programme is unique in its approach, in that the programme is based at an employer’s location 4 days per week and 1 day per week in college. Students will develop Employability, Customer Service, Confidence, Maths, English and ICT whilst working alongside real employees in a real employment setting.
The course is the final step of your education journey prior to finding full-time paid employment.
This course will develop you as an employee; you will gain confidence, whilst learning real skills alongside real employees in a large employment setting. You will be supported to develop your work skills by a Job Coach, and workplace buddies. Your academic studies will include Maths and English which will be supported by a Teacher and Learning Support Assistant. During your programme you will complete job rotations where you will develop different skills required by the employer. You will become an independent traveller and be able to take your place alongside others in employment.
Ideally you will be in your final year of education. You will be almost independent, you will be able to demonstrate some work readiness and have aspirations to secure employment. Ideally you would be able to (with support) compile a portfolio to evidence your achievements. You will hold a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP). You must be prepared to attend a Skills & Assessment Day at the employer location.
All students will compile a portfolio of evidence that will contain a mixture of photographs, witness statements, personal statements and course work. The portfolios are internally assessed and verified prior to external verification by an Awarding Body. All students will be entered for Functional Skills English and Maths live assessments at the level indicated during initial assessments and verified through continuous diagnostic assessments.
During the programme all students will receive expert advice and guidance that will prepare them for real work. It is hoped that all will secure full time paid work. All students will receive ongoing support beyond the programme to support them into work.
All students will be coached using learner centred training. You will receive practical coaching known as Systematic Training and Instruction; meaning tasks will be broken down into small manageable chunks to aid your understanding. There will be classroom sessions that will not exceed 6 hours per week. This is a hands on programme that uses real work environments to develop your skills.