l1 pic for webLearners on Northampton College’s Level One Progression Diploma course have been praised after recording a 100 per cent pass rate for the second successive year.

The course, which is run in partnership with Open Awards, helps to change lives through learning.

Adult students with a wide range of experiences of education and life come together for a full time, one-year course, aimed at providing them with everything they need to progress on to study at higher levels or find more advanced employment.

This year, alongside their studies, the students also completed fundraising activities and volunteered with a local charity, gaining key workplace skills as well as giving something back to the community.

All the students on the course successfully completed all the assignments and achieved their diploma. Many of them passed Functional Skills exams at Level 1 or Level 2 at the same time. All of the students are progressing on to further studies this year, at either level 2 or level 3; 92% are doing GCSE in at least one subject.

Throughout the year, students listed things that the course had helped them with that they used in everyday life. Time management and creating a CV both came high up on the list. Another said that the main thing he would take away was the knowledge he had gained about himself, knowing that he could keep going with any task that was given to him.

One student said the course was “challenging yet rewarding,” delighted that it had given her the understanding to help her own children with their maths homework, as well as helping her to progress herself. She will be taking both English and Maths GCSEs this year. Another described the course as the “best experience ever, it’s given me the courage to pursue my dreams further.”

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