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Options (Year 1) at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This is a level 1 employability course that helps to develop young people's personal and social skills and resilience for working life.

Young people following this pathway will take a City & Guilds qualification in Employability at level 1 and a City & Guilds qualification in maths and English or a functional skills or GCSE depending on their ability and current qualifications on entry.

The programme offers the chance to develop skills for life including home skills and cooking as well as enterprise skills through project based work.

There is a strong emphasis on developing social skills and social confidence as well as team work and personal resilience.

This course is particularly suitable for young people who have lost their confidence or are unsure about which path they want to take.  The highly supportive and small class sizes offers the opportunity to develop self- awareness and self-esteem.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but students will need to able to work towards Level 1 in English and maths and have an interest in returning to study/training. Students will need to attend an informal interview and taster day.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


The AIM level 1 certificate in Skills for Employment and Further Learning is assessed by continual assessment.  Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT will be assessed by examination.  Some students will have the opportunity to complete a GCSE in Photography.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Young people have the chance to try out vocational opportunities through a variety of college tasters.  For those people that are ready there are opportunities to undertake work experience.

For more details contact:

Alison Goold – Head of Supported Learning
Gareth Davies – EHCP Reviewing Manager

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Huntingdon: Thursday 7th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Saturday 9th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 2nd May 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 13 December 2018
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    • Information and Advice Team
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