Accessibility links

Skills Pathway: Choices Level 1 at Harington Scheme

Course description

Skills Pathway: Choices
Choices will help you to explore the world of work and to be more independent. If you're not sure about the type of job you would like then you can try out different types of work experience and learn the basic skills that all employers look for. If you want to move on to the next step in your studies but need to build up your confidence and qualifications or you want to get ready for a more independent life then the Choices Pathway can help you.

Qualifications on offer:

  • City and Guilds Skills for Working Life Entry level
  • OCN Progression - Entry 3 - Level 1
  • OCN Personal Progress Entry 1
  • OCN Independent Living Skills Entry level 
  • OCN Using Employability Skills Entry level
  • Functional Skills English - Entry 1 - Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths - Entry 1 - Level 2
  • Functional Skills ICT - Entry 2 - Level 2

In 2012/13 96% of learners achieved one of more qualifications as part of their Study Programme.

Course content

Learners follow an individualy tailored course to suit their needs and give them the skills and portfolio to take them to their next step,

  • work on your maths english and ICT so you can apply for the course you want
  • Use work experience tasters to help decide on a career path
  • build employability skills to get paid work
  • build on your independent living skills

Entry requirements

Applicants do not need any special entry qualifications. Applicants usually complete a course taster as part of their application, so that they can experience the course and find out first hand what Harington has to offer, whilst the staff team look at what skills the applicant already has and what they would need to work on if they were to join a course at Harington.


Learners build up a portfolio of work as the course progresses, which will have lots of evidence of their work. It might have photographs of their work, statements from people who have seen them working describing what they saw, checklists from qualified staff describing what happened when the learner showed them how to do a task and other sorts of evidence.

The course is assessed by the examiner looking at the portfolio, rather than by a formal exam.

Financial information

Courses are free of charge for eligible learners. Learners meeting certain eligibility criteria can apply for a bursary and/or free meals.
Contact us for details.

Future opportunities

Learners are encouraged to do work experience and develop their employability skills whilst at Harington. Some of our Horticulture Learners take up paid work or an apprenticeship at the Harington Gardeners at the end of their training, others are supported into work , others move on to further learning.

The Progression Team provide Aftercare to leavers, helping to make sure that they make a smooth transition from Harington.

In 2012/13 78% of learners leaving Harington moved on to paid work or further learning and 


Further information

For further information call Michelle or Mandy on 020 8341 3657 or visit the website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harington Scheme directly.

Last updated date: 29 October 2014
Provider logo

Key information

Contact details


  • More information
    • Harington has 1.8 acres of very attractive green space, the classrooms have garden views and make a lovely setting for learning.  There are fixed computers in the IT suite as well as laptops that can be used within any of the classrooms as appropriate.  Horticulture learners often use the greenhouse or one of the pollytunnels as a learning space, along with the vegetables plots, flower beds, walled garden and wild life area with ponds.  Retail learners have lots of options when planning their enterprise projects, and can use the Harington Produce Stall to develop their skills alongside their work experience placements.  Harington has excellent links with employers, who offer learners work experience placements to help develop the skills employers are looking for, with regular reviews to make sure that everyone gets lots of feedback.  The Job Coach support in the workplace gives all learners the opportunity to become confident in their placement.