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Life Skills - City & Guilds Diploma in Personal Progress Entry Level 1 at Walsall College

Course description

Part 3 of the Life Skills course - a course designed to develop and promote independent living skills focusing on social, cooking, communication and general life skills aimed at progressing students into employment or further learning.

This course is suitable for learners with more complex and profound learning difficulties or disabilities, and aims to improve independence skills. After completing the qualification students will have the option to enrol on various other SLDD courses, including skills for working life and performing arts.

The course consists of a variety of units which help students develop and improve their skills in various areas, including the following:

  • Shopping
  • Basic food preparation
  • Personal safety
  • Community participation
  • Safety in the home
Some students may also have the opportunity to study towards Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT. As part of this study programme learners also have the opportunity to undertake Creative and Performing Arts which are designed to improve their personal, social and practical skills.

There will also be opportunities for students to go on visits to local access facilities.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications required. Applicants are required to have an interview with an SLDD tutor. Some applicants may also be invited to attend a Needs Assessmen


Portfolio based which include individual and group activities, real life scenarios, practical, verbal and written assessments. Functional Skills are exam based and only those who are able will take the exam.

Future opportunities

  • Mainstream vocational course, paid or voluntary employment
  • SLDD Life Skills Certificate in Personal Progress
  • SLDD Skills for Working Life
  • SLDD Creative Arts
  • SLDD Performing Arts
  • Social Services provision
This is dependent on the student’s ability and choice.

Further information

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 February 2016
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