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Skills for Independence and Work

Course title: Skills for Independence and Work Course level: Entry Level 2
Qualification: Certificate Awarding body: Edexcel
UCAS code: Not applicable Academic year: 2019 - 2020
Course delivery: Full-time Course length: 1 year
Venue: Broad Oak Centre


This is a one-year full-time course which involves three days of study a week. This will give you the opportunity to improve confidence, take part in lots of practical activities, days out and give you taste of lots of different pathways available to study within the College on completion of the course. This course has a key focus on the high expectations of employers, encouraging and supporting you to develop the skills required to progress into other vocational areas and employment. It is also designed to allow learners to develop confidence and independence with daily tasks and aspects of independent living.

English and maths: Alongside this programme you will complete functional skills English and maths. These lessons will give you the key skills to progress effectively in everyday life and employment.

Work related learning: During work related learning session there is a focus on developing industry relevant skills and knowledge. There is also opportunity to explore subject areas such as equality and diversity, healthy living, money management and enterprise activities. These sessions complement the course by providing opportunities to explore the wider community and engage learners in increasing their knowledge of the service provisions available in their local community and providing opportunities to access the different service provisions with support to enable learners to use them in the future.

Tutorial is a workshop designed to develop your employability skills and produce a portfolio of evidence including a CV, personal statement and general evidence of good practice within your academic studies.

The NONC Entry 2 Certificate in Using Employability Skills is for learners seeking to develop greater independence and to enter supported employment or to progress to a higher level vocationally-related qualification. The course gives you the opportunity to:

  • Achieve a nationally recognised entry level qualification
  • Develop interests in different areas which may enable progression to a vocational qualification
  • Engage in learning which is relevant to you and will provide opportunities to develop a range of life skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes
  • Progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications
  • Progress to supported employment in a particular vocational sector.

Entry requirements

The Foundations Entry 2 Certificate in Using Employability Skills programme is aimed at students aged 16 – 19 years who are possibly achieving at Entry Level 1 or 2 and are currently undecided on an area of study.  You must have English and maths at Entry Level 1 or 2, and you will be expected to attend a college interview.

Applicants who have not achieved at least a grade C/4 in English and maths will continue to study these subjects alongside their chosen college course.

How will I be assessed?

The vocational qualification will be assessed throughout the year through written, practical and oral assignments. English and maths are assessed through a final exam.

Progression and employment

Successful completion of this Entry 2 Certificate in Using Employability Skills qualification can lead to a place on an Entry Level 3 programme, supported internship or further training opportunities.

How much will the course cost me?

This course is free of charge for 16 – 18 year olds. There may be an additional cost for trips and equipment, but this will be disclosed prior to starting your course.

This course will cost a maximum of £00.00 for learners aged 19 years old or above. This fee may be reduced or void depending on the individual’s circumstances.

The cost of the course includes, the college enrolment fee and exam fees.

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How do I apply?

You can apply online (see apply now button), call 01254 354354 or pop into our College to collect an application form.


Additional and key information

If you have any queries please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance Team on 01254 354354 or email

Applicants who have not achieved at least a grade C/4 in English and maths will continue to study these subjects alongside their chosen college course.

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