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Step Up (Employability & Personal, Social Development) - Entry Level 2 & 3 at Dudley College

Course description

A variety of units from personal and social development such as:

  • Planning for progression
  • Effective skills, qualities and attitudes for learning and work
  • Planning for progression
  • Community project
  • Contributing to a team
  • Personal skills
  • Environmental awareness
  • Healthy living
  • Enterprise activity: producing products or services
  • English and maths
  • Employability.

Learners will be timetabled for employability sessions at Aspire Works where they will have the opportunity to participate in our business enterprise which includes a print shop, metal craft workshop and a horticulture unit.

Two weeks' work experience and/or work exposure opportunities where appropriate.

Learners will have the opportunity to do tasters in the following pathways, as well as developing employability and independent living skills.

Animal Care

This pathway is designed to educate learners about the responsibilities of animal ownership and allow them to experience caring for some species they might not normally encounter as part of general pet ownership. The course includes practical elements such as assisting with the maintenance and preparation of animal accommodation and assisting with the feeding and care of animals.

Art and design

This pathway is an introduction to fine art techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and design processes. The learner will create a varied portfolio to assist progression on to the next level.

Fashion and textiles

This pathway will be an introduction to textiles exploring techniques of clothing production and fashion design.

Producing and creating a portfolio for progression on to the next level programme.

Printing and photography

The print and photography pathway will explore photographic techniques and processes. The learner will create images and build a portfolio of work using the print shop and studio with industry standard equipment. There will be work exposure and experience opportunities in Aspire Works throughout the year.

Performance arts

The learner will have the opportunity to explore a range of performing arts which will include drama, dance and musical theatre. The learner will gain practical skills and basic theory across the disciplines. The learner will work on a series of projects including both written and practical aspects. The course will offer progression onto the next level programme.

Land based

The land based pathway allows learners to develop their horticulture skills and/or animal care skills. Horticulture will involve: Raising plants from seeds, sowing and planting food crops, building raised beds, tending crops as well as the Health and Safety aspect of working in a gardening environment. Learners will be encouraged to appreciate the balance of nature, insect life, pond life and bird habitats with the art of gardening and crop rearing.


This pathway helps develop learners' skills in being able to cook safely and will include introduction to the hospitality industry, working as part of a group, serving food and drink and basic cooking.


This pathway covers plastering, bricklaying and woodworking skills. Health and Safety in the workshop is also covered. Learners are taught in the construction workshops by specialist tutors.


This pathway aims to meet the needs of young people who want to work in the retail sector.

It enables candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the retail industry. The course covers the following topics;

  • Discovering the retail workplace
  • Looking after customers in a retail environment
  • Handling stock in a retail environment
  • Keeping the work area clean, tidy and safe in a retail environment.

Students will be able to experience dealing with customers in our Aspire showroom and other locations.

Course content

There are a number of pathways to choose from: Mixed Vocational, Creative Media/Arts, Catering, Construction, Retail and Animal Care/Landbased.
Students on each pathway will work towards at least one approved work related qualification plus an English and maths qualification.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Prior to enrolment on this course, you will need to have an initial assessment in English and/or maths. This will ensure that you are enrolled on the right level of course to succeed and help us to identify and provide any support that you might need.


Portfolio of evidence.

Internal and external exams for functional skills.

Financial information

There is no need to worry about the costs of coming to college as there is lots of financial help available. Our finance and welfare officers will be able to talk to you about any help that may be available to you based on your individual circumstances.

Examples of financial help are:

Bursary fund

Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply to the 16-18 Bursary Fund for help with college related costs. More information about the 16-18 Bursary Fund can be found at the website: or by contacting our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.


We will provide a free bus pass to help with travel costs for 16-18* year olds on full-time programmes, based on individual circumstances**. To qualify for a free bus pass***, you must live more than one mile from the campus at which you will be studying and not already be in receipt of other financial support, such as Care to Learn funding.

*Under 19 as at 31 August 2016.

**Students with learning difficulties or disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help – talk to our Student Finance team.

***Evidence of family income will need to be provided.

For advice on help that may be available to you when you start college call our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.

Future opportunities

Level 1 courses.

Further information

For further information about Dudley College and the courses on offer, please visit or contact Student Services on 01384 363 363.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dudley College directly.

Last updated date: 13 February 2017
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