Course Title Learning for Work (Level 1)
Level: 1
Code Y658

Overview of the Course

This course offers you a chance to study a Level 1 Certificate in one of four different vocational pathways including:

  • Level 1 Pathway to Retail
  • Level 1 Pathway to Digital Media
  • Level 1 Pathway to Performing Arts
  • Level 1 Pathway to Employment

The course consists of academic vocational units and provides opportunities to develop a range of techniques and personal skills for successful performance in working life and to support progression onto Level 2 courses or into employment.

What are the career opportunities?

You may progress to a Level 2 programme, apprenticeship, traineeship, internship or employment in their chosen pathway. Level 1 Pathway to Retail Progression includes Retail Assistant, Customer Service, Sales Adviser, Stockroom Assistant, Cashier. Level 1 Pathway to Digital Media includes Advertising, Programme Researcher, Social Media Manager, Producer, Event Organiser. Level 1 Pathway to Performing Arts includes Actor, Performer, Dancer, Drama Therapist, Director, Screenwriter, Stage Manager. Level 1 Pathway to Employment includes Internship, apprenticeship or employment.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is subject to interview and school/college reference and initial assessment. You should be working above Entry Level 3 and be interested in improving your academic skills, employability skills and confidence. You should be willing to participate on a work experience placement related to the study pathway.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will have the chance to obtain a Level 1 Certificate with the NOCN exam board. The course is unit led and you may study the following units depending on the pathway chosen:

  • Level 1 Pathway to Retail Retail and the selling process, customer service skills, health and safety, reception skills, team work, business communication
  • Level 1 Pathway to Digital Media Photography, film, animation, design software, imaging and multimedia software, mobile IT devices
  • Level 1 Pathway to Performing Arts Performance improvisation techniques, performing physical theatre, technical skills for performance
  • Level 1 Pathway to Employment Customer care, health and safety, business enterprise, presentation skills, team work and problem solving

You will also study English and maths, take part in a work experience placement and study units to improve employability, personal and social skills. The course is assessed using a variety of methods including written work, practical activities, role play, presentations, group discussions, diagrams, posters and work experience.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will gain specific and transferable employability skills whilst on the course, these may include, working as part of a team, communicating with customers and presenting yourself. You will also develop skills in solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, completing tasks on time and decision making.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to find a suitable placement thus enabling you to gain the necessary and required employment skills sought after by employers alongside you considering possible future career aspirations.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Alongside external visits planned as part of the curriculum, you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities and sport enrichment sessions. These sessions are optional.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There will be additional costs for visits and trips and Personal Protective Clothing or equipment for Work Experience.

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