Level 1 Personal & Social Development
Skills for Independence, Life & Work
Students aged 16-18
What is the course about?
At Warrington & Vale Royal College students are put first, and we believe everybody should be given the opportunity to raise expectations within themselves. That’s why our Personal & Social Development Award is designed to help you gain confidence, independence, communication, and social skills. You will also have the opportunity to experience a wide range of subject areas, which will develop key skills in preparation for the best possible future. If you feel you need extra time and support to develop the right skills for college and find an area you are interested in, this is the perfect course for you.
Why should I choose the course?
This course provides further education for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and behavioural/emotional problems who are leaving school. It may even be that you require a ‘gentler’ introduction into college life and would benefit from a quieter environment to gain the required entry standards before accessing a full-time vocational course.
This exciting, varied, course is delivered across a range of venues to broaden your experiences of further education. All our students experience a wide variety of vocational areas through our pathway programme.
The course can last between one and two years, throughout which you will be fully supported by our expert staff.
What will I learn?
During this course you will complete a variety of core units that are designed to develop confidence and employability skills as well as prepare you for progression within the college. The units combine to form a qualification in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development.
In addition, all our students participate in our pathways to find something they enjoy and are good at. Experiencing a variety of vocational areas provides you with new skills and helps you to make an informed choice about which future course you would like to pursue at college. If you are based at our Winsford campus, you will be driven over to the Warrington campus each Monday to join in the pathways. You can choose from the following pathways:
· Public Services & Sport
· Multi-skills (Carpentry, Brickwork, Plumbing, Electrical & Motor Vehicle)
· Health & Social Care and Childcare
· Hospitality & Catering
· IT, Media & Graphics
· Hair & Beauty
As part of your course, you will take part in work experience at our Novel Bite café, which is based in Winsford Library. You will help to run the café, gaining a valuable workplace insight and developing useful practical skills. Transport is provided.
Maths and English will form a part of your programme of study. At the start of the year, you will have an assessment in English and maths which will be used to determine whether you will sit GCSEs or an alternative English and/or maths qualification.
What will the course lead on to?
The majority of our students go on to study on level 1 programmes, however it is possible to skip this stage and progress straight on to level 2. Additionally, Preparation for Supported Employment and Supported Internships are a popular progression route for our students, and we are happy to discuss this option with you.
Are there any links with industry and university?
We welcome guest speakers from industry throughout the year, as well as running exciting visits to local employers and businesses.
What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
Click here for learning support: https://wvr.ac.uk/college-life/learning-support
Click here for finance support: https://wvr.ac.uk/college-life/financial-support
Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
All our tutors have a wealth of experience and are passionate about their subject. They will share their experience and knowledge with you to enable you to reach your full potential.
What are the entry requirements?
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
Uniforms and/or safety equipment may be required for some of the pathway courses. For students that are eligible there is financial support available to help you with these costs. Once you have chosen your pathway option you will then be able to explore financial support if additional uniform or equipment is needed.
If there are any costs attached to trips and visits you will be given notice and all costs are kept to a minimum to ensure all students can participate. Help is available if students are in receipt of a bursary.
Café uniform consists of black trousers/leggings/jeans, plain black t-shirt and flat, comfortable black shoes or black trainers.
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