Open Curriculum

Level 1 Certificate for Employability and Progression

All students will study Functional skills maths and English at an appropriate level and an employability skills qualification, which will include, for example, units in preparing for work, money management, healthy living and work experience.

The course offers a route that opens pathways for progression for students who are uncertain about their career options and provides a positive route back into education for those who have become disengaged from the education system.

The pathways focus on providing an individualised learning programme (ILP) for students, identifying those who need additional support and guidance or those who need to develop their interpersonal and social skills as well as their literacy, numeracy and work skills.

The College aims to provide a supportive and engaging environment, with suitably skilled staff, to overcome barriers to progression into education, training or employment. For those with a particular interest in the area, students can take part in a vocational option one day a week, should there be a suitable option available. All students will work towards qualifications in functional English and Maths as well as a portfolio based qualification in employability skills. Students will be expected to gain work experience, where appropriate.

There may be the possibility to join the course during the academic year, according to individual circumstances.

Options for the future, when successfully completing the course, include vocational courses (normally level 1), apprenticeships or progression into employment.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the Open Curriculum.

You will have a formal interview in which we will look for commitment and explore your future aspirations and how the course can help you meet these aspirations.