Practical Skills - Skillsbase


Practical Skills - Skillsbase

About the course

Would you like to become more independent? Do you need support to get your life moving in the right direction? If you're leaving school at 16+ and face real barriers when it comes to learning, we can help.

No previous qualifications are required.

This course is for vulnerable young people who have a statement of educational needs, are receiving additional learning support in school, or are being supported by outside agencies such as family services, educational psychologist and speech and language therapists.

You will take part in a range of practical activities to develop your independence in key areas, such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, money management, travel, and being safe at home and in the community.

Working in small groups, you will develop your creative skills, as well as trying your hand at gardening, catering and hospitality. You will also study sport and recreation. The course also includes the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. You will get lots of support and encouragement, including a personal tutor to help you throughout the course.

You will be assessed through completing a portfolio of work. Activities will involve both practical and written tasks which will be assessed through a range of methods.

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve a Vocational Award. You will also achieve internal qualifications that recognise other skills that you develop.

Following the course, you may go into paid, supported or voluntary work. You may also choose to do extra training or study a higher level course at the College (e.g. Entry Level 3 or Level 1). 

He seeks and embraces responsibility

Josh Harriman

Josh Harriman

Studied: Practical Woodworking Skills Entry Level 3

As a new student arriving at College, Josh was apprehensive about the unfamiliar environment that he found himself in. Showing dedication and bravery, Josh has transformed from the person he was 2 years ago.

He seeks and embraces responsibility, utilises his initiative to achieve his goals and is ever more willing to embrace the ‘new’. From being able to initiate and maintain conversations, express himself with clarity and depth, to drawing, planning and constructing his wood projects, Josh epitomises the very essence of personal growth.

Course information

Start date
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09 September 2019

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Course level
Entry Level
Course code
Start date
End date
34 Weeks
Health, Social and Child Care
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
Adults (19+)
School Leavers

All full-time courses are FREE to UK and EU residents aged 16-18 on 31 August in their first year of study.

Most of our Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 courses are FREE to those aged 19+. Please enquire for further information.

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