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Vocational Options: Skills for Working Life - Award (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

After an initial assessment of your learning needs, you will be able to choose from a range of modules.

Working with your personal tutor you will develop your Individual Learning Plan and set your Personal Learning Goals. Vocational Options is a study programme designed for entry level/ level 1 learners with a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) aged 16-24.

It is an excellent opportunity for learners to try vocational areas offered by the college in small group sizes with group support alongside opportunities to develop their Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and employability skills.

Course content

  • City & Guilds Functional Skills Entry Level English and/or Maths
  • City & Guilds Skills for Working Life Entry Level 1, 2 or 3
  • Vocational Areas

The vocational options study programme is tailored for the individual learner from the following modules:

  • Tutorials
  • Vocational areas – Construction, Horticulture, Catering, Motor vehicle, Retail and Care
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Personal Social Development - Independent Cookery, Independent Travel.
  • Enrichment (Forest School, Music, Drama, Media, Sports, Crafts)
  • Team Building
  • Real Working Environment

You will study the modules appropriate to your needs.

All students will work towards targets set in their Individual Learning Plan, identifying the essential/personal curriculum skills they need to develop.

Entry requirements

This course is designed at Entry Levels 2/3 but most will be operating at Entry Level 2.

You will need to be willing to work with others, try new things and want to develop your personal and essential skills. 

Note: All learners must be interviewed by the admission team at Learning Development.


Your personal tutor will monitor your progress carefully against the targets in your Individual Learning Plan to help you achieve your targets.

Future opportunities

Learners may also progress onto the Work Skills course in their chosen vocational area as appropriate to their long term progression plans.

Individual learners will be given clear and challenging personal targets to progress towards a long term goal.

Learning Development also offer Supported Internships with external employers which may be appropriate for some Vocational Options students.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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