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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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • General info

    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

  • 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.

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.