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Overview

If you are a school leaver who had some support at school, this course is the ideal way to begin your further education and develop skills for your future career. You might have a learning difficulty or disability or you might just need not have reached your potential at school and need a step up to the next level.

If you haven't decided what you want to do in the future this course has four different options:

  • Media and ICT – develop your understanding of ICT to open up more opportunities in the workplace, whether you’re working in a shop, an office or anywhere in between.

  • Care - gain practical knowledge about jobs in the care industry and also help you to develop an understanding of the skills needed when entering employment in this area. You will be introduced to the role of a carer and different career options in this area of work.

  • Catering - practical skills in the kitchen to improve confidence and experience in food and nutrition, cooking and baking, food safety and customer service.

  • Sport & Leisure – extend your current skills and interest in sports and fitness, find out more about the industry and recognise the importance of physical fitness to everyone’s wellbeing

Course description

This course is practical and work related, and you will study units and projects that reflect this. Industry visits and in-house and simulated work placements will further enhance your learning and practical application of skills. Our experienced tutors will provide excellent support and guidance along the way.

You will work on individual goals which could include work skills, communication skills (speaking/signing, listening, reading and writing) and confidence, and practical independence skills such as handling money, using public transport, along with specific practical skills for your chosen area of study.

You will also have specific sessions to improve your essential skills in English, maths an ICT at the level appropriate for you.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and with health and safety of our students as a priority, we have redesigned this course to include a mixture of classroom-based and online learning.

What areas will I study?

  • Introduction to your chosen vocational area
  • Working towards goals
  • Dealing with problems in everyday life
  • Working as part of a group
  • Developing self
  • Managing social relationships
  • Individual rights and responsibilities
  • Healthy living
  • Preparation for work
  • Manage own money

Where and when? Hall Green campus and Handsworth campus 2.5 days each week 12.5 hours

What else will I do? Local trips and visits, and enrichment activities For students under 19, 1/2 day study programme

What level is the course? Entry level 2 and 3

What support is available? Regular tutorial with personal tutor Specific sessions to improve your basic skills

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year £900.00- Exam Fee:£161 1 Academic year In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year Please contact the college for fee information 1 Academic year In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year £900.00- Exam Fee:£168 1 Academic year In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year Please contact the college for fee information 1 Academic year In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year - 1 Academic year Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year £900.00- Exam Fee:£140 1 Academic year In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.
24+ September 2021, Duration: 1 Academic year Please contact the college for fee information 1 Academic year In many cases courses fees are reduced or even free, please note this depends on your circumstances, for example if you claim JSA, you may be eligible for your fees to be reduced. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.