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Skills for Independent Living in the Home Entry Level 2 and 3* at Dearne Valley College (DVC)

Course description

The Independent Living course will develop the skills you need to live as independently as possible. During the course, you will learn how to make hot and cold drinks, how to make simple meals that are good for you, how to keep yourself safe, how to how to catch the bus and train, how to stand up for yourself and make choices about your life, personal care, communication and build your confidence.

Through the Next Steps Passport, you will widen your skills and have the chance to take part in extra activities to prepare you for the world of work.

Course content

What will I study?

  • Household skills including shopping and cooking
  • Personal care and speaking up for yourself
  • Personal development and leisure activities
  • How to use public transport
  • Speaking and listening
  • While studying with us we will work with you to ensure that your maths, English and ICT skills are the best that they can be

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?

You must be able to work in a small group with support.


How will I be assessed?

Unit booklets, tutor observation and practical tasks.

Financial information

Tuition Fees

  • 16-18 year olds do not need to pay course fees
  • Depending on your circumstances you may not need to pay fees

Contact the Enquiries Team on on 01709 513355 for advice and guidance

Future opportunities

What can I progress to?

  • You could progress on to the Skills for Independent Living in the Community Certificate at Entry 1 or Entry Level 2
  • You could progress on to the Using Employability Skills Certificate at Entry Level 1 or Entry Level 2

Further information

Why study here?

  • You will have access to vocational area resources
  • You can enjoy the refectory facilities, including a snooker table.
  • We work with other agencies to develop work experience opportunities
  • Supported Internship

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: 15 November 2017
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    • A 2014 Ofsted report officially commended Dearne Valley College as an overall ‘GOOD’ college, in fact all areas of the college that were inspected were commended as ‘GOOD’ too.  

      A full copy of the report is available at, however here are just some of the reports highlights.

      Why we are good:

      “Success rates for 16- to 18-year-old students are high”

      “Practical, vocational and employability skills are developed effectively”

      “Support for students is highly effective”

      “Much teaching is good”

      “The culture and ethos of the college promote mutual respect and positive attitudes to learning”

      “Leadership and management have effectively brought about significant improvement since the previous inspection”

      Outcomes for learners

      “Overall success rates have shown steady improvement over three years and are now well above the national average”
      Our success rate for 2012/13 was 90%, which is 6% above national average.

      “Achievement rates have also improved well and were significantly above the national average in 2013”
      Our achievement/pass rate for 2012/13 was 97%, which is 3% above the national average.

      “Students develop good practical and vocational skills” 

      “The culture and ethos in the college encourage students to recognise the importance of mathematics and English”
      All our 16 to 18 year olds learners work towards improving their study mathematics and English attainment.

      “Students enjoy coming to college and this is reflected in their high attendance rates”

      The quality of teaching, learning and assessment

      “Teaching, learning and assessment are good which is reflected in the high success rates for students”

      “Good support arrangements help those students with barriers to learning to achieve and make sustained progress”

      “Teachers use their industrial experience well to develop students’ vocational skills”
      Our staff refresh their industry skills via our thorough staff development programme.

      “Students with additional learning needs are carefully identified at an early stage and offered flexible bespoke assistance”
      The College proudly holds the Matrix Quality Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

      “The college pays close attention to equality and diversity”
      The College is proud to have gained Investors in Diversity Status.

      “Students respect each other and their views are valued and taken seriously”

      “Students enjoy working in safe environments and understand the importance of safe working practice”

      What our students say:

      “I feel safe at College” – 98% of students asked agree

      “I know the kind of support I can get from College” – 97% of students asked agree

      “I am aware that English, Maths and IT forms part of my course” – 97% of those asked agree

      “I understand the rights of others to be treated with respect” – 99% of those asked agree

      “The College will not permit bullying in any form” – 99% of those asked agree

      “I feel I am on the right course” – 98% of those asked agree

      Source: 2013 Induction Survey


      Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.