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Lifeskills and Work Preparation at Isle of Man College

Course description

Learning Services manages a range of courses, shown below for learners who, for a variety of reasons, need additional support on their course. Courses can be up to two years in length.

Course content

General Studies -

A programme especially suitable for young people who have had support within secondary/high school special units where the development of life skills/job skills is especially important. Study is centred on improving interpersonal skills, communication, independence and basic skills. Accreditation is through Essential Skills, Red Cross, First Aid and Retail certificates plus English Speaking Board. Work placements are available. Where appropriate CIEH Food Safety certification is awarded.

Vocational Studies - 

Currently we support a range of courses in retail, office skills, business and hospitality and catering, although other options could be considered.

Students will work towards vocational qualifications. These qualifications will provide evidence for future employers regarding each student's skills and abilities. Vocational activities are supported by a programme of communications, information communication technology, improving own learning, working with others and problem solving. These skills are central to all practical vocational subjects.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for any of our courses, just the enthusiasm to meet an educational challenge, leading to employment skills, when leaving school with few or no formal qualifications.


A variety of assessment is undertaken, starting with an initial assessment of each student's skills, strengths and abilities. There is continuous course work assessment to ensure progression and also to provide regular feedback to students. "Essential Skills" underpins the General Studies Course. Initial action planning and ongoing assessment, which is shared with the learner, means targets/objectives are achieved. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to enter skills tests in Maths and English. Certificates can be awarded in Computer Literacy and Information Communication Technology to students who successfully complete set assignments.

Future opportunities

  • Further education.
  • Employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Man College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years


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