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Skilled For Life at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

You will have a personal learning plan which includes a choice of specialist subjects from Art and Design, Sport, Construction and Motor Vehicle, ICT, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Horticulture, Creative Media Production (Photography), and Retail, plus Maths and English.  You will also have the chance to go into a real work place and have regular work experience. Finally, you will have the opportunity to undertake a range of enrichment activities such Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Sport and Recreation, and fundraising for charities.

At the end of your course you will have the Pearson Entry 3/Level 1 Skilled for Life qualification, as well as Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths. The programme is made up of various parts, including vocational units, life/work skills units, Functional Skills in both English and maths and a weekly work placement.

Course content

You will study a range of life and work skills units that may include Home Cooking Skills, Career Progression, Self-Assessment, Working with Others, Health and Safety and Enterprise, to equip you with useful life and work skills. Throughout the duration of the course, you will study the two Functional Skills of English and Maths plus, if you have a D in GCSE English or Maths you will be able to re-sit.

In the first half term you will begin to prepare for your work placement which you will undertake after the October half term. You will also have the opportunity to attend a regular job club run by the Brandon Trust who will help you gain employment.

You will study for your qualifications up to four days a week for one year. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Each student needs to attend a course guidance interview.

This course is designed for students with a range of learning needs. This may include students with specific learning difficulties and moderate learning difficulties.


The vocational elements of the course are assessed by completion of assignments. 

Functional skills are assessed by examinations.

You will also undertake regular Work Experience throughout the year.

Future opportunities

This programme can last 1-3 years depending on individual needs. You could progress to an Apprenticeship, employment or another relevant college course.

Further information

You may be asked to contribute a small amount towards materials and trips/visits on some of the vocational options.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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