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CHOICES Pre-Entry and Entry Level Options Certificate in Personal Progress and Certificate in Skills for Independence & Work (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a one to three year course depending on individual student needs and progression pathways.

Course content

Both these courses are national qualifications and aim to help students with learning difficulties and disabilities improve and develop their independent life skills and prepare for work. Students will also develop their social and personal skills working within a supportive and discreet environment, while also being part of the wider College community. The Personal Progress course has been designed to allow learners working at pre-Entry or Entry 1 to develop their skills in a number of different areas. The units within this course cover areas such as communication, reading and writing, mathematics, developing skills for independent living, developing skills for the workplace, or engaging with the world around them. The Skills in Independence and Work course has been designed for learners working at Entry 2. This qualification will give learners the opportunity to develop skills required to operate independently both in daily living and in employment. Learners will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required, for example, for using public transport, keeping safe when out and about, staying healthy and using their own money. They will also have the opportunity to develop their own interests in areas such as gardening, sport and drama while taking part in external work placements.

Entry requirements

There are no special entry requirements. Applicants are invited into the college for an interview and ‘taster days’ to assess their suitability for the course.


The delivery of each course is designed around the needs of individual students. You will have an assessment of your skills and individual needs to see what you need to improve for the future. Individual targets will be set and, throughout the programme, you will work towards meeting these targets as outlined in your ‘Individual Learning Plan’. You will work in small groups with lively, experienced teachers. Your learning experience will include practical tasks, discussion, group work and individually set work. You will also develop your Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills at a level that suits you. You will also have the opportunity to take part in an annual residential visit, drama productions and other group activities. You will receive support and help from Learning Support Assistants. You will be assessed through the development of your practical skills as well as the completed work for your portfolio which will be externally moderated. You will also be assessed on how well you meet your individual targets as set out in your Individual Learning Plan. These will be decided on by your teachers, support staff and other people who work with you throughout the course.

Future opportunities

What you do with these courses is up to you.  They will help prepare you for work, to get ready to live more independently or lead to higher level qualifications.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Jen Beresford - Assistant Head of Subject LLDD - Cheadle 0161 486 4605

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-3 years