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Pathway to Employment (Year 1) - Full Time


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Free Courses

16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • All Full Time Courses

19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Students studying their first level 2 course (Some level 2 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)

24+ Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)


  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
  • There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.

Please contact 01530 519 001 or if you have any further questions regarding an Apprenticeship programme.

List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

Advanced Learning Loan - Information on ways to fund your level 3 or above qualification - Details Here

More information about this Course

Course Overview
This programme is designed to meet the needs of people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who have been (or are currently being) supported by an Education Health and Care Plan, or a support plan within their current provision. The range of difficulties may include students with learning difficulties, communication and emotional difficulties, physical difficulties, mental health difficulties, autism and ADHD. This study programme will offer you the opportunity to improve your Maths and English Skills. In year 1 the focus will be around Independent living Skills, and in year 2 the focus will be on Employability Skills, designed to get students work ready. Units of work will include independent travel training, personal finance, allotment work, communication skills and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition, the second year of this course will include an individually sources work placement (1 day a week) which will give you the vital experience of the world of work.

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
There are no entry requirements but you will need to show a keen interest in learning new skills.

How Long Is The Course?
Two Years

What Will I Learn?
As well as developing skills in Maths and English you will learn and put into practice Employability skills during your course including: personal finance, travel training challenge, working as a team and enterprise. You will also be given the opportunity to develop your access skills including reading, handwriting and spelling. There will be discrete opportunities for you to work towards personal objectives to achieve your goals. There will also be an opportunity for you to take part in various community based activities as well as group work experience. In year 2 of the course, you will take part in an individually sourced work placement.

How Will I Learn?
You will learn through participation in engaging sessions, practical activities and community based learning.

How Will I Be Assessed?
In the unlikely event of costs being incurred, e.g. trips out, help is available; please contact Student Services on 01530 836136 Ext 220 to find out if you are eligible.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
Following completion of this course, you can progress onto Level 1 or Level 2 full-time courses, enter the workplace or apply for an apprenticeship.

Attendance Mode
Full Time

Course Type
Full Time & Part Time

Subject Area