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Prep 4 Developing Employability Skills at Stoke on Trent College

Course description

These courses are for young people who:• Are leaving school with little or no GCSE qualifications• Are not certain of what vocational area to move into• Need a bit more support with English and Maths• Need to develop their confidence and other social skills• Need more 1-2-1 support and steadier progressionThese courses are called Preparation for Vocation (Prep 4) and we offer a range of year-long Prep 4 courses that prepare you for progressing onto a vocational programme. You can choose from a range of vocational areas including catering, health and social care, ICT, motor vehicle, construction, hair and beauty and creative arts. As part of the course you will also work on employability skills, English, Maths and ICT. Courses are available at a range of levels from Entry 2 to Level 2 and once you have been for an informal interview and assessment, we will make sure that you are put on the right course for you. Once you have completed this course, you will be able to progress onto higher level courses or into employment.

Course content

Prep 4 Developing Employability Skills is a course that can start you on the path to a vocational programme within college, an apprenticeship or in progressing to a job. You will be able to study a range of units including preparation for work, personal career planning, work based placement, enterprise, time management skills, team work, managing your money, oral presentation skills and making choices. Functional Skills maths and English are also integral to the course. Enterprise is also a big feature in the course and you will be encouraged to demonstrate the skills you have learnt through fund raising activities. Furthermore, as part of the course you will be encouraged to participate in work experience placements for a vocation in any area of the college. You will have the opportunity to try out different areas and a session a week that area gaining relevant experience and building your confidence in order to help you to make the right choices about your chosen vocation and to prepare you for a full time vocational course.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. An interview is required to make sure this is the right level for you.


Assessment is on-going throughout the course. For each unit that you work on, you will have to complete an assessment to evidence your learning and understanding. Your tutor will tell you when the assessments will take place. You must successfully pass all of the unit assessments in order to pass the course successfully.

Future opportunities

Support is provided to identify progression pathways that are appropriate to the individual. Progression can be within the Preparation 4 Vocation area to a level 2 employability course, an apprenticeship or it can be within area or any of the other vocational areas that are on offer in college.

Further information

All of the Prep 4 courses are smaller sized classes to allow more individual support that nurtures and develops learners and their learning. As the course progresses throughout the year, more independence and autonomy is encouraged.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke on Trent College directly.

Last updated date: 09 February 2016
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    • At the Cauldon campus of Stoke on Trent College, the following subject areas are based:

      Business, IT and Computing

      Child Care

      Health and Social Care

      Hair, Beauty and Holistic Therapies

      Hospitality and Catering

      Public Services and Army Preparation

      Sports and Sport Science

      Travel and Tourism

      Foundation Learning