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Foundation Route to Independent Living & Work OCN Entry Level 2 at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Course description

During the programme learners will focus on the skills needed to help them progress as an individual, develop skills for work and life, have a greater sense of independence and self-confidence.It is expected that you would undertake some work experience as part of the course, this is usually in the form of voluntary projects coordinated by the tutors.We offer one to one sessions for students, parents and support workers at the college so that all parties can see what the college can offer and discuss suitable study programmes tailored to the students specific needs.

Course content

You will do lots of practical work and will cover lots of different skills including:The course will cover the following topics:Independent living skillsMeal planning, shopping and cooking a mealAccessing the local community and travelSolving problems, making choices and being safeIncluded in the programme as functional skills Maths, English and ICT and an opportunity to experience vocational subjects and an enrichment activity. Due to the range of options available within this qualification this course can be tailored to suit learner’s needs and abilities. Our highly qualified teaching staff also provide excellent pastoral support and advice and work closely with the college's support team.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course of study.


You will be assessed throughout the year using your portfolio of evidence and tests. There is an online exam which assesses the Health and Safety aspect of the course. Whilst taking one of our full-time courses you will also complete a programme of Functional Skills which could comprise of a combination of English, Maths and ICT. These Functional Skills are an essential requirement for employment progression, higher education and other further education courses.

Financial information

You may need different equipment depending on aspects of the study programme. For example, if working in the Construction Department you will need safety boots.As a general guide; please bring in the following: Dictionary/smartphone Pencil case with pens, pencil, highlighter etc Note pad A4 pad of lined paper Ring binder folder

We offer a bursary that students can apply for help with costs that are associated with a course. This could be help with the cost of travel, books, materials, equipment, uniforms, childcare and examination and registration fees. To find out more about bursaries available at the College, please speak to Customer Services.

Future opportunities

Once you have completed this course, you will be able to go onto study the Level 2 Engineering or progress onto a Level 2 Apprenticeship, where you will develop your skills further and then be ready to go and work in the industry.

Further information

We offer a selection of OCN West Midlands qualifications in addition to Functional Skills and Progression Unit qualifications. Diploma in Living Independently Diploma in Developing Employability Skills.

Attendance on Study Programmers is usually timetabled as three to four days a week.

You may be expected to attend additional times and days for work experience, and so will need to be flexible.

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: 04 October 2017
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    • Located in South Wigston, our £43million college campus has everything you need all in one place!

      • Purpose-built Engineering facility
      • Construction Workshops
      • Hair & Beauty Salons – open to the public
      • Gym
      • Eating Place, including an onsite Costa Coffee
      • Library
      • Onsite nursery
      • Multi-faith room
      • Student Lounge

      Subjects available to study include:

      • Apprenticeships
      • Accounting
      • Business
      • Child Development and Education
      • Computing & IT
      • Construction
      • Engineering
      • FE Choices
      • Foundation Learning
      • Hair & Beauty
      • Health & Social Care
      • Media & Games Design
      • Motor Vehicle
      • Public Services
      • Sport
      • Travel & Tourism

      To find out more about South Leicestershire College:

      0116 264 3535