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Entry to Employment Level 1 at PETROC

Course description

Not ready to start a college qualification yet? This is a full time study programme for learners aged 16 to 18 years, who would like to develop personal and social skills.

Course content

This programme of Maths, English and Personal and Social Development will give you a much better chance to make the right choices about your future. 

This is a one year full time course for 16-18 year old learners who would like to develop personal and social skills, this will include work skills and work experience to enable you to make career choices. Each student will be allocated a personal tutor and together they will agree a progression pathway depending on individual needs. 

The study programme is for learners who:

  • Want to gain confidence and self-esteem
  • Want to develop their independence skills
  • Want to develop their personal and social skills
  • Want to improve their Maths and English
  • Need help in deciding their future
  • Want to work towards employment

Close links will be maintained with parents/carers, other external agencies and employers where appropriate.

This programme is also available at our Barnstaple campus.
A full time programme planned for a September start but there maybe a second start date in January, depending on demand. This Foundation Learning programme offers qualifications in Functional Skills, Personal and Social Development and Work Skills. The learner will study to achieve the following qualifications:

Level 1 EDEXCEL BTEC Certificate in Personal and Social Development
Entry Level 3 EDEXCEL BTEC Certificate in Workskills

Depending on your GCSE results, we will asses what Functional skill level in Maths and English you will work towards and create a programme specifically for you.

Other areas you will study include:
Tutorial provision - ie, group work, one-to-ones
Additional themed activities - i.e. employability, be safe for life
Enrichment/Enhancement - i.e., paint balling, team games.

Work experience - each student will be expected to complete a 30 hour external work placement, we will assist you in doing this.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this programme other than the desire to study and develop into someone who is ready for employment or further training. Applicants will need to attend all elements of the study programme and be part of a class. An informal interview is part of the process.


On going continuous assessment.

Future opportunities

Natural progression from this programme could be on to the Career Skills programme or other college courses. Equally, it can lead to employment, traineeships or apprenticeships.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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