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Pre-Apprenticeship Learning Programme at City College

Course description

The innovative Pre-Apprenticeship Learning approach involves two distinct elements:

  • Two days per week at City College studying employability skills, Personal Development and Life Skills as well as maths and English
  • Three days per week developing work skills working with one of our partner businesses

The Pre-Apprenticeship Learning option is a ‘pre-traineeship'. This is an education and training programme that is combined with real, beneficial, work experience and is focused on giving students the skills and experience that employers are looking for. At the end of the programme the students will receive a Pre-Apprenticeship Learning qualification called ‘The Employment Certificate’ assured by Pearson.

From September 2015, new Government rules require all young people to remain in education until their 18th birthday. Businesses cannot employ students during term-time, but do have the option of employing them during the summer, or for part-time weekend work. These rules will make taking part in our Pre-Apprenticeship Learning programme even more attractive for businesses looking to recruit young people into their ranks.

Course content

You will study functional skills to a minimum of level 2 in Maths/English and IT for two days per week at City College

You will gain a BTEC level 2 certificate from Edecxel supported and assessed by your learning tutor from the college for the three days per week work based element of the programme

What are the benefits?

* Improve your Maths, English and ICT skills – boosting your long-term prospects and your future earnings potential.

* Gain real work experience that will add to your CV.

* Build the experience that will help you complete an Apprenticeship quicker, should you decide to take one in the future.

* Develop the real-life work-based skills that employers are looking for – helping you to get the job you want.

The Programme is designed to be innovative, inspirational and enjoyable

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements candidates will been interviewed to see if they are suitable.  It is a level 2 programme so you will need to be at a comparable level. 


Classroom learning in BTEC workbooks, with regular visits from your assessor who will visit you whilst you are on your work placement.

Financial information

The course is open to anyone who is aged 16-18 on the 31st August.

Whilst on the programme, you will receive a monthly allowance of £83, which will be more than enough to cover any expenses.


Future opportunities

This programme will equip you with the skills to become a sought-after member of any employment team.  This may lead to an apprenticeship or job at the end of the programme.

You will qualify with an Edexcel-assured Level 2 Employment Certificate, which includes employability skills and GCSE resits in English and Maths.  The Certificate will be very marketable to employers.  

You will gain an Employer’s Reference, which will increase your future job prospects.

Before the end of the Programme, our Careers Officers will help you to enter paid employment or to continue your training – whatever is best for you!

Further information

To find out more information please contact City College, on 01782 853535 or at

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 May 2018
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    • City College’s motto is ‘Be amongst the best. Stand out from the rest.’ We aim to raise aspirations, expectations and achievement for all our students in a happy, caring and successful learning environment.

      At City College, we believe that we have a course to suit every student, whether they want to pursue a traditional A level programme with our fantastic staff, or venture into the world of work with our Pre-Apprenticeship Learning route. Our mission is to develop highly qualified and skilled young adults who achieve to the best of their ability, who are active citizens and who are fully committed to supporting both their local and the global community.

      We look forward to meeting you and seeing you flourish!