Overview top

These courses are aimed at developing employability skills and training within a predominantly vocational area to enable students to seek employment work and develop skills to remain employable.

The individual programs offer an opportunity for individuals to access the provision at a suitable level to meet their particular learning profile. Whether a learner is progressing from school into college, or a current learner that is moving up through the suite of programs, there is a course to fit all. All the programs provide various stages of vocational studies along with academic subjects that develop a strong foundation to build upon. The programs include Certificates in Skills in Employment, Training and Personal Development [SETPD] at Entry level 3. Learners then have the opportunity to progress or can enter at Level 1 in the SETPD and then on to a Supported Internship or the College Introductory programme [CIC/CIA].

Whilst developing their academic skills learners have the chance to experience real working environments in their chosen vocational area whilst evidencing employability skills from areas like;

  • Art & Media

  • Hair & Beauty

  • Health & Care

  • Hospitality & Catering

  • Sport & Recreation

  • Business & Retail

  • Workshop Practical Skills

  • Land Based & Environmental

[Please note that the above options may vary]

Embedded English, maths and independence skills are essential parts of all the programs.

Prior to enrolment learners will have undergone a detailed assessment to aid a smooth transition onto this appropriate programme.

All learners have a detailed Individual Learning Plan which clearly states and regularly reviews their needs to all relevant staff. This includes an Individual Support Plan which involves the student in giving staff a step by step plan to meeting their educational needs.

All learners are supported to set and review personal targets on a weekly basis.

The staff team are committed to understanding each learner’s behaviour and guiding them to more suitable alternatives where applicable.

Entry Requirements top

The foundation level programs run within Foundation, Health and Development and provide an extremely flexible suite of 4 differing programs that can be fashioned around the learner’s specific needs. They are suitable for individuals with moderate learning difficulties or simply those with additional support needs in some areas of study.

The overall qualification levels across this suite range from Entry 2 to Level 1 foundation.

*If you do not meet these criteria, please contact us on 0191 427 3900 or email info@stc.ac.uk

Assessment top

Assessment takes place through building a portfolio of evidence and may include teamwork, practical tasks, projects, worksheets, presentations, role-plays, games, question, and answer.

The maths and English parts of the programme have formal assessments but we do a lot of preparation with students to reduce their anxiety. GCSE resit is also an option for those learners at this level of academic skills.

Professional Opportunities top

Students can progress on to a range of courses depending on their abilities and needs. There are full time and part time options in our Supported Learning department which include a Supported Internship.

Some learners may be ready to do a level 2 vocational course in the main college with ongoing support from the Level 1 pathway.

Some learners may be ready for employment (supported or independent).

Further Information top

Any student interested in doing this course should contact Mr Chris Weldon to arrange an initial visit. We then seek detailed information about learners’ needs and they are invited in for a taster day. This is all crucial for helping the learner decide if this course is for them and enables the staff to decide if the students’ needs can be met on the course.

Chris will discuss funding and support including the role of Education Health Care Plans.