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Preparation for Apprenticeship Programme - Work Skills at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

The course combines classwork with work placement.  Students undertake three days in college and two days on placement.  The placement is tailored to the student's area of interest as best as possible.  The only cost implications are travel to the work placement

Course content

The course consists of 13 different units which are

Searching for a Job

Applying for a Job

Preparing for an Interview,

Interview Skills,

Managing your own Money,

Positive Attitudes and Behaviour at Work,

Effectiveness at Work,

Working in a Team,

Preparing for Work Placement,

Learning from Work Placement 

Reflecting on Work Placement.  

The evidence for most of this either comes from class work or from work placement where students must complete a log book.  The final unit covered involves students working together to create a summer fair.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs grades D-E -  3/2 (support with Resit Maths and English if below a 4)

Future opportunities

The concept of the course is to get students ready to be a successful applicant in an apprenticeship area of their choice

Further information

Students will be expected to attend their work placement two days a week as if a member of staff

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.