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Vocational Studies (Virtual College)

Subject Area

Foundation Learning

Student Type

Students aged 16-18

Study Mode

Distance Learning

Course Type


What is the course about?

Our Virtual College offer allows you to engage with education from home until you feel ready to attend college.

Why should I choose the course?

If you have been out of education for a while and find it too difficult to attend college in person, then this offer might be suitable for you.

If you have been out of education and have struggled to engage face to face, this steppingstone qualification will help you to either gain the required entry standards or to adjust to college life before accessing a full-time course in one of our many vocational areas. Being able to work remotely may help you to make an informed choice about your next steps.

You will be fully supported every step of the way by dedicated staff who care immensely about helping you reach your full potential.

What will I learn?

You will be offered a three-phase learning programme where you will study an Entry 3 or Level 1 qualification in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development. You will cover a range of topics bespoke to your needs that may include confidence building, assertiveness, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence, alongside vocational related subjects. You will be assessed through online assessments and portfolio work. You will have weekly online sessions that will be via Google Meet with an online resource pack filled with daily activities. There is an expectation that you will work independently each week.

Maths and English will form a part of your virtual course, as this is an important element to enable you to progress in education, life, and work. Sessions will take place via Google Meet and online resource packs. At the start of the year, you will have an assessment in English and maths, and this will be used to determine whether you will work towards GCSE or an alternative English and maths qualification. You may be required to sit an examination in English and maths and will be expected to study independently.

There will be opportunities for you to engage in virtual enrichment activities to supplement your experience.

What will the course lead on to?

It is hoped that during the stages of your virtual learning you will take your first steps into coming into college. The aim is for you to access a full-time course either mid-year or the following September start date.

Are there any links with industry and university?

We will arrange virtual guest speakers and video links from industry throughout the year to help you learn about employment opportunities for the future. In addition, you will have contact with our careers advice service who will guide and advise you about the right career path for you.

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.

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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?

To participate in this course, you will need access to a laptop or table with a good internet connection and ideally with a camera and microphone. If you do not have access to a suitable device the college may be able to provide you with one.

Careers Information

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Starts Sep 2023

36 Weeks
Class Times
Distance Learning
Tue, Thu
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
Fees Information
This course is FREE* if in receipt of an eligible benefit or your income is below ££18,525. This course is free for residents of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. *Ts&Cs apply.

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