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Introduction to Skills for Working Life Diploma Entry Level 2 at Kingston Maurward College

Course description

Do you like caring for animals or plants? Do you want to learn how to drive a tractor? Do you prefer to be outside and doing practical tasks? Would you like to have a go at all of these things? If the answer is yes then this course is perfect for you. We can help you develop practical, social and life skills - and gain a recognised qualification - all in the safe and friendly environment of the Centre for Foundation Studies.

You will learn subjects like animal care and gardening to help you start to get a job or carry on in education, plus you can relax and socialise in small groups as you develop your social skills within the wider college community.

We pride ourselves on working closely with you, your parents, carers and schools, to ensure we are able to offer the best support for you. Our teaching team are experienced in working with students who have specific educational needs and a range of support is available to ensure you get the best from your study programme. Transition to college is supported through Taster Sessions or Link Courses for students still at school and also through our exciting Summer School for prospective students.

Course content

Units include:

  • Animal care
  • Gardening
  • Practical countryside skills
  • College based work experience
  • Outdoor activities
  • Tractor driving
  • Functional skills (English, maths and ICT)
  • Employability and personal development
  • Preparing for work
  • Life skills
  • Personal and social development
  • Tutorial support

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements You must have a desire to work outdoors in a variety of practical land based subjects We will also need full details of special educational needs and any other reports from relevant bodies or establishments to ensure that we are able to put in place the correct level of support for each individual learner.


You will have practical instruction and on-going assessment in a range of subjects, plus portfolio building. You will be placed in small groups with additional Learning Support.

Practical assessment - both oral and written.

Financial information

Courses leading to a qualification are FREE for British citizens, aged under 19 years on 31 August in the academic year you start your course.* However, there may be some additional costs for clothing/kit and trips depending on your course.  You can apply to the Bursary Fund for extra help towards the cost of transport, food, equipment or childcare.

Materials required:

Protective overalls and steel toe-capped boots - all protective equipment will be inspected by the course instructor. Wellington boots. Waterproof clothing. Kit for outdoor ed.

Future opportunities

Progress on to Skills for Working Life Entry 3 (FD202)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 April 2016
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