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What is Next Steps?
This programme provides a supported learning environment for young people making their next steps towards qualifications and employment. Next Steps is available at Entry Levels 1-3 and Level 1 for the Workskills and Workwise programmes. Students can make progress within Next Steps for up to 4 years (this can be extended if appropriate) before moving on to other courses or leaving college to do other things, including getting a job.
No formal qualifications are required, but you will be assessed on basic maths and English skills. Places will be offered following a successful informal interview with one of the course leaders at the college.
Helping you get used to college
We understand that coming to college for the first time can be a bit scary. We can arrange for you to visit the college (as many times as you need) before you start the course, get to know the building and the staff and discuss the support you might want.
Next step 1
Qualification: Diploma in Skills for Independence and Work at E1, E2, or E3
On this course you will develop employability skills, independent living skills and have an opportunity to try a vocational area from a wide range of options, including Construction, Health and Social Care, Horticulture, Hairdressing and Catering. As part of your course you will also improve your English and Maths skills.
Next Step 2 - Workskills
Qualification: Certificate in Workskills at Entry 3 – Level 1
On this course you will further develop skills for work and be able to use these skills in a work placement at least one day a week. You will also investigate the world of work and improve English, Maths and ICT skills.
Next step 3 - Workwise
Qualification: A Workskills qualification at a level to suit your progression needs
On this programme you will be able to spend most of the week in a work placement developing employability skills and gaining experience in the world of work.
What support can you get on Next Steps?
You will put together a portfolio of all the work you have done. In addition you will complete assignments or tasks to show you have understood the work. You may have practical assessments in your vocational area.
Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey. You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.
The certificates are awarded at, Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3. You may choose to progress up through these levels and then move onto a level 1 course in another vocational area in the college.