Supported Learning

Summary of course

This course will help you prepare for employment and/or academic progression.

While studying on Next Steps you will prepare for the world of work by developing the personal skills, qualities and attitude required by employers, this will include work placement, course work and a variety of appropriate projects.

During the course, you will work towards a City and Guilds Employability qualification and Functional Skills in both Maths and English. The course will also include extensive work experience and preparation for independent travel.

The core qualification comprises a wide variety of units, which fall into two broad categories, these are; Employability and Personal and Social Development. Topics covered in the course include; planning for progression, searching for and applying for jobs, undertaking a work placement and developing employability skills and attitudes.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Planning for Progression
  • Undertaking a Work Placement
  • Working as Part of a Team
  • Searching for a Job
  • Applying for a Job
  • Community Project

How is the course assessed?

You will be taught in small groups and will be set targets to achieve. Both your targets and your progress will be monitored regulary in tutorial sessions.

We will assess your individual needs at your initial interview, and if necessary, will arrange additional support to help you achieve your learning goals.

A portfolio of work will be built throughout the course.

Your Study Programme

We will assess your individual needs at your initial interview, and if necessary, will arrange additional support to help you achieve your learning goals.

Who is this course for?

If you are working towards Entry Level 3 or achieved ACE or Entry Level 2 Work Skills and Employability this course may be for you. It is designed for students who need a supportive environment in which to learn. Once you have completed this course you should have developed the skills to progress either on to other college courses or to a supported internship.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression may be to a Level 1 course in college or to a work placement.

Entry Requirements for new students

You must have achieved Entry Level 2 or be working towards Entry Level 3 and possess a willingness to take part in new learning opportunities and show you are committed to furthering your education.

Interview Requirements

Once you've submitted your application online, you will need to attend a course interview.

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, all interviews will take place by telephone so, you'll receive a call from one of our teachers.

We have asked them to call you within 1-3 weeks and they will usually make the calls after school hours.

This call will take between 5 and 10 minutes, the teacher will give you information about the course and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. It's probably worth making a note of these beforehand so you don't miss out on something important.

It's nothing you need to worry about. Our teachers just want to hear that you're ready to take the next step in your studies and are making the right choice. Before your course interview you must send us your Education, Health and Care Plan, if you have one, or details of your support needs plus your latest School report.

After the course interview, we'll send you a conditional offer by email or provide alternative advice.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There may be additional costs for those who wish to undertake cookery as an option. This is normally around £25.00 per term. Some bursary funding may be available.

There are usually at least two full day trips to various locations: Day trips £20.00 - £40.00

Course fee information


Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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