Further and Higher Education

Easy Pace English

Who is this course for?

This course is for individuals who may have had little interaction with literacy, and are seeking to develop their everyday English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements needed for this course, but a very basic ability to speak English, read and write is essential.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable you to develop your skills in basic English reading and writing and improve your communication in your day to day life. It will also support your progression to further learning such as to Entry Level Functional Skills English courses.

What will the course cover?

The course will help you develop English language skills at pre-entry level. This includes reading, writing, speaking and listening through various fun and engaging activities.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

At the end of this course you will be provided with information, advice and guidance on progression courses and other learning opportunities based on your interests and needs. When you finish this course, you can progress to Functional Skills English at Entry level.

Where and when will I learn?

This course is delivered in a socially-distanced classroom setting on Tuesdays, 9.30am-11.30am at the Coleridge Centre in Skerne Park. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your own pen and notebook. You must also provide and wear your own face covering and this must be worn when entering, moving around and leaving our building. Your face covering can be removed when you are sat at your work station. 

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]


Steps to Success with English

Who is this course for?

The course is for anyone who would like to brush up on their reading and writing skills, maybe with the intention of taking a longer, accredited English course in September.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The structure and delivery of the course’s curriculum will enable learners to develop functional and practical skills in English that can be applied in their daily life as well as work. This course will also support progression to further learning.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover spelling rules and techniques, word types and their uses, sentence types and writing, punctuation and grammar. It is ideal for you if you have children or grandchildren at school and feel that you need a reminder of some of the basics, so that you can help with homework. It will also be helpful if you want to brush up on your skills and progress on to an English course with a recognised qualification.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could take an initial assessment that will determine the level of English at which you are working. You would then be signposted on to a Functional Skills English course at a time that would suit you.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]


 Creative Writing

Who is the course for?

The course is for anyone who is keen to have a go at creative writing and develop the skills and techniques to produce descriptive and narrative pieces.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course; you only need enthusiasm for developing your creative writing skills in a friendly and encouraging environment.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The design and delivery of this course will enable learners to develop confidence in exploring their creativity by using a range of techniques to produce the written word.

What will the course cover?

This course will help you to explore your creativity by giving you the opportunity to try your hand at creative writing. You will firstly explore specific techniques for making your writing stand out. You will then be able to try out a number of creativity boosting writing exercises to enable you to write your own creative text demonstrating your narrative (story telling) or descriptive skills.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could explore progression opportunities through other courses such as GCSE English Language.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].


Level 3 Certificate in Training, Assessing and Quality Assurance (TAQA)

Unit 301

Award in understanding the practices and principles of assessment - You complete this unit if you wish to gain knowledge and understanding of assessment but do not wish to carry out assessment of learners. 

Unit 301 and 302

Award in assessing occupational competence in the work environment - This award qualifies you to assess learners in their working environment.

Unit 301 and 303

Award in assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding - This award qualifies you to assess learners in an educational/training workshop environment.

Unit 301, 302 and 303

Certificate in assessing vocational achievement - This certificate qualifies you to assess in both types of environment.

Who is this course for? 

The course is suitable for those who are either already assessing as part of an assessment team and / or wish to be involved in assessing and need a suitable qualification. You can take various routes (see above) and each is priced differently. If you achieve all three units you will receive the Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, anything less than three units will result in an Award.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course except for being aged over 19 for the knowledge unit (301) However for units 302 and 303 it is required that you have access to two learners, an awarding body and have access to an internal quality assurer (IV, IQA). Furthermore for unit 302, you need to be vocationally competent in your subject matter. Our service may have learners that you could utilize, please contact us to discuss.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The curriculum has been designed so that throughout the duration of the course, learners gradually develop knowledge and understanding of the assessor role and the requisite skills and confidence to assess learners in their setting.

The curriculum is planned and sequenced to enable learners with previous knowledge and experience to develop the new skills needed to progress to the next stage of their career, training, education or employment. It is flexible and responsive to learner demands and can be tailored to suit individual needs, arising from any current issues affecting their role, which can be addressed during taught lessons and personal tutorials.

As an assessor you will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills throughout your training programme and understand how this reflects the needs of the learner, the employer and the provider.

What will the course cover?

The full certificate covers three units: 301, 302 and 303.

Unit 301 is a knowledge unit – understanding the practices and principles of assessment

Unit 302 involves assessing learners in their working environment and the assessor must have occupational / vocational experience in the area in which they will be assessing.

Unit 303 involves assessing learners in an educational / training workshop.

The course covers:

  • The function of quality assurance
  • The function and important concepts of assessment
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Assessor
  • Involving the learner in the assessment process
  • Planning for assessment
  • Avoiding risk in assessment
  • Legal issues, policies and procedures
  • Records of assessment

What could I do when I have finished this course?

If you only study for unit 301, the knowledge unit, you can at a later stage add the other units, once you are assessing for an awarding body. If you achieve the full certificate, you are qualified to undertake the role of an approved assessor for an educational provider. If you achieve the full certificate, you could continue and apply to study for a Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance Processes and Practice.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

  • Studying Unit 301 only is £150 including course fees and registration.
  • Studying Units 301 and 302 and / or 303 is £450 course fees including registration*.

*There will be a reduction of £100 if learners already possess unit 301(derived from a Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification).

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601 text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected] Alternatively contact the course lead, Tammy Firth at [email protected]


Level 3 Award in Education and Training

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for you if you want to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or you are a Trainer or Tutor who has no teaching qualifications.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

You must be aged 19+ and be educated to English Level 2 or hold a GCSE in English grade A* - C. Previous teaching experience is not essential. All teachers in lifelong learning would be expected to possess both literacy and numeracy skills to Level 2. Candidates will be initially assessed by way of a short piece of academic writing.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course will provide learners with the essential theoretical skills to teach in the lifelong learning sector and equip them with the necessary practical skills and knowledge through a micro teach session.

What will the course cover?

  • The roles and responsibilities of a teacher
  • The role of the assessor
  • Teaching methods and assessments
  • Learning styles
  • Establishing ground rules
  • Embedding functional skills into lesson plans
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Inclusive learning and Equality & Diversity
  • Completion of three assignments including a 30-minute micro teach delivery

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could apply to teach in the lifelong learning sector. You could advance to the Certificate or Diploma in Education and Training or be exempt for the first part of a PGCE / Certificate in Education (the qualification has a credit value of 12 on the Qualification and Credit Framework and replaces the previous PTLLS qualification).

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should i bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

Course fees are £350, including registration fee.

What shall I do next?

For further information, please contact course lead, Tony Ord on [email protected] or by calling or texting Learning & Skills on 07932 869325.


Working with Children, Young People and Families

Who is this course for?

Level 1: This course is suitable for people who would like to work with children and young people and to help improve your knowledge and skills.
Level 2: This course is ideal for those who have an interest in working with and a passion for making a difference in the lives of children, young people and families. You must be keen, motivated and enthusiastic. This course will challenge and push you to examine your values and beliefs, but ultimately it will give you the next step on the ladder towards your goal of working with children, young people and families.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Level 1: There are no entry requirements for Level 1, only the enthusiasm to learn and develop new skills working with children and young people.
Level 2: The Level 2 is suitable for those who have either already completed the Level 1 course, have a similar previous introductory qualification or have substantial experience of working with children and young people.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

To develop knowledge and understanding in relation to those currently working with, or wish to embark on a career as a practitioner working with children, young people and families.

What will the course cover?

Level 1: Each week, we will focus on different skills. The course covers:

  • Developing an understanding of sectors and services
  • Recognising the importance of team work and communication
  • Safeguarding
  • Challenging discrimination and prejudice
  • Developing problem solving skills
  • Developing plan / do / review / evaluate skills
  • Developing knowledge and skills around substance misuse 

Level 2: Develop a deeper understanding of the key aims of working with children and young people, look at and have a deeper knowledge of issues faced and the role of a practitioner within the children, young people and families sector. You will also be able to identify and understand the key roles of agencies involved in working with children, young people and families and will be able to collate a portfolio of evidence for your qualification.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Level 1: After the successful completion of Level 1 you can progress onto Level 2.
Level 2: After the successful completion of Level 2 you will have the opportunity to progress onto the Access to Higher Education, The Award in Substance Misuse and/or Distance Learning qualifications.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

Both of the Level 1 and Level 2 courses are free of charge.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling or texting 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]


Level 1 Award in the Awareness of Substance Misuse

Who is this course for?

This qualification is suitable for learners wishing to increase their awareness of substance misuse.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

This qualification will enable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of substance misuse awareness, including alcohol, and its potential effects on individuals and others.

What will the course cover?

This qualification enables the learner to develop a knowledge and understanding of substance misuse awareness, including alcohol, and its potential effects on individuals and others.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After successfully completing this qualification, you may like to go on to further study in qualifications such as Level 2 qualifications in Health or Health and Social Care.

This qualification may also be useful to you if you want to gain employment, improve your career prospects, or are studying additional qualifications in the following sectors:

  • counselling
  • childcare
  • sport and recreation
  • community work
  • youth work
  • voluntary

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

There is no charge for this course. 

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 01325 405601, text us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]


New Career, New You

Who is this course for?

This course is for people who wish to develop the skills to to gain employment in the current Covid 19 climate.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, you only need the enthusiasm to learn and be motivated to engage.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intention is to enable learners to develop their knowledge and skills to allow them to open up avenues to employment within the current climate. This course also aims to support learners in progressing onto further learning. 

What will the course cover?

The course will cover how to :

  • Produce a professional and effective CV
  • Upload a CV online
  • Apply for a job online
  • Complete online pre-employment tests and why employers want them
  • Prepare and conduct yourself in an interview
  • Set up an appropriate email address

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Learners may apply to further accredited courses to develop their skills portfolio and to open further employability opportunities, learners may also wish to upskill with our Functional Skills courses in English, Maths or ICT.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling or texting 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]


Introduction to Customer Service

Who is this course for?

The course is for anyone who wants to develop their customer service skills to help them gain employment in customer service, or for someone who is thinking of doing a customer service Apprenticeship and wants to learn more about this area.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, you only need the enthusiasm to learn and be motivated to engage.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intention of this course is to give learners an insight into basic customer service principles to give them the knowledge, skills and behaviours of customer service to help them gain employment in the customer service industry. The course will also give learners an opportunity to find out more about the customer service Apprenticeships available and give them support in progressing to further learning.

What will the course cover?

The course covers:

  • Understand customer needs and expectations
  • Improve your customer service skills
  • Learn how to deal with difficult customers
  • An insight into customer service Apprenticeships or customer service careers

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished learners may want to apply for a customer service Apprenticeship or join in with other adult learning and accredited courses, including Functional Skills in English, Maths or ICT.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling or texting 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]


Introduction to Business Start up

Who is this course for? ​

This course is for people who are considering setting up their own business, as either a main or side income. It is ideally suited to those with no prior or limited experience of business.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no academic entry requirements, but you will need a device with a microphone, camera and internet.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The courses is structured to provide an introduction to owning your own business and to help develop an business idea to take the proposed implementation stage.

What will the course cover?

  • Week 1: Foundation – Personality, business models and develop ideas.
  • Week 2: Exploration – Assessing the market and competition, case Studies and develop ideas.
  • Week 3: Tools – Funding methods, support for businesses and develop final idea.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

Progression onto further courses to develop the skills needed for business such as social media marketing and ICT skills.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team by calling or texting 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]


 Introduction to Microsoft Office

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners who want an introduction to the use of 3 of the main elements of Microsoft Office – MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn about and develop skills in using MS Office. As the course will be delivered online, learners must have access to a PC with MS Office installed, broadband internet access and video conferencing facilities.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is designed to allow learners to develop the basic skills they need, in a supportive environment. As learners increase their skill level, they are encouraged to become increasingly independent in using Microsoft Office. The vocational structure allows learners to practice these skills within a ‘real world’ context and therefore increase their confidence within their current role or to prepare then to enter employment, return to work or change career paths.

What will the course cover?

Basic introduction to MS Word:

  • Create a document
  • Save a document
  • Edit a document
  • Formatting a document
  • Adding graphics
  • Inserting tables
  • Printing documents

Basic introduction to MS PowerPoint:

  • Create a presentation
  • Save a presentation
  • Edit a presentation
  • Adding graphics
  • Adding transitions
  • Adding animations
  • Viewing a presentation

Basic introduction to MS Excel:

  • Create a spreadsheet
  • Save a spreadsheet
  • Edit a spreadsheet
  • Using basic formulae
  • Using basic functions
  • Printing a spreadsheet

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to Functional Skills ICT. After an initial assessment to establish the appropriate level for your progression you can study at entry Level through to Level 2. Once you have completed Level 2 you can apply to progress to a Level 3 ICT course at a college.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]


Introduction to Social Media Marketing

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for learners who want an insight into how to use social media as a marketing tool.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no entry requirements for this course, only the enthusiasm to learn about social media marketing. As the course will be delivered online, learners must have access to a PC, have internet access and video conferencing facilities.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is designed to allow learners to develop their understanding and ability to use social media as a marketing tool, to support ideas around business start-up and to provide learners with a greater insight into using social media to support business.

What will the course cover?

The course will include an introduction to the internet, e-safety, online shopping, Amazon, supermarkets etc. , creating an account and buying and selling online, using Facebook and Twitter as an advertising and marketing tool. Further course content will be added once you have had an initial assessment with your tutor to support individual learners needs.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

After this course has finished you may like to progress to Functional Skills ICT. After an initial assessment to establish the appropriate level for your progression you can study at entry level through to Level 2. Once you have completed Level 2 you can apply to progress to a Level 3 ICT course at a college. You may also wish to look at moving onto a business start-up course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It is also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]


Introduction to Volunteering

Who is this course for?

This course is a short introduction for anyone considering working in the voluntary sector. It is also suitable for anyone already working in a voluntary organisation who wishes to further develop their existing skills.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved an Entry Level 3 qualification.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent is to prepare learners for a role within a voluntary organisation and to prepare for the Level 1 Volunteer qualification.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover two sections: Exploring volunteering and the ways to become a volunteer and personal standards and safeguarding and confidentiality within the volunteering role.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto the Level 1 Volunteering course or you may decide to complete one of the 21 Distance Learning courses that will be made available to you to support your volunteering role.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].


 Volunteering Award Level 1

Who is this course for?

This course is a short introduction for anyone considering working in the voluntary sector. It is also suitable for anyone already working in a voluntary organisation who wishes to formalise and further develop their existing experience and skill.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved an Entry Level 3 qualification.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent is to prepare learners for a role within a voluntary organization.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover two units: Exploring volunteering and the ways to become a volunteer and Personal standards and requirements for working in a volunteer role.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto the Level 2 Volunteering course or you may decide to complete any of the 21 Distance Learning courses that will be made available to you to support your volunteering role.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].


Volunteering Award Level 2

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who has completed the Volunteering Award Level 1 or who is already actively working in the voluntary sector.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

Learners must either hold, be working towards or sit a short assessment at Level 1 English. Ideally learners will have completed the Volunteering Level 1 Award but experience can be discussed with the tutor.

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The intent is to build on the knowledge needed to support you in a role within a voluntary organisation.

What will the course cover?

The course will cover two units: Volunteering and voluntary organisations and either: Working as a volunteer within a chosen organisation or Finding out about volunteering and becoming a volunteer. Further discussion with your tutor will support the chosen pathway for this course.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

You could progress onto one of our many other courses depending on your pathway of choice and route into volunteering, upskill your functional skills or you may decide to complete any of the 21 Distance Learning courses that will be made available to you to support your volunteering role.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will take place online via Google Classroom. If you’re interested in joining this course, we are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. Please refer to our courses page for course dates and times.

What should I bring with me?

You will need access to the internet and an internet-enabled device on which you can access Google Classroom. It’s also helpful, when engaged in online classes, to be able to work with little disruption to fully contribute, to take part in discussions and to be able to take notes from each session.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information, or to book a place, please contact the Learning & Skills team on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected].


Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Social Work Studies

The QAA Access to HE Diploma is awarded by One Awards and recognised for entry to Higher Education courses across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Watch this One Awards video [external link] from people in the North East who have completed other Level 3 Access Courses.

Working with Children, Young People and Adults Level 3 with Diploma specialisms in Access to Social Work Studies.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those who are looking to move onto Higher Education or for those looking to up-skill and increase their knowledge in relation to work with children, young people and adults.

What entry requirements do I need to start the course?

For this course we recommend that you have completed the Working with Children and Young People Level 1 and the Working with Children, Young People and Families Level 2 courses, or that you hold similar qualifications. Previous work experience in this sector is beneficial but not essential. As this is a Level 3 course it is recommended that you have a standard of English and maths that is around GCSE grade 4 (old grade C) or higher, or Functional Skills Level 2 (or you are working towards these).

What is the curriculum intent of this course?

The course is an exciting route to Higher Education and a new career. Learning & Skills delivers the Social Work Studies Pathway. Learners can apply for a place at a higher education institution using the usual UCAS application process. The qualification also enables progression to a range of Level 4 programmes including higher Apprenticeships.

What will the course cover?

Each Diploma area covers the following units:

  • Mathematics – Data handling and Statistics
  • English – Application of English Language and English Language Writing Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Health Promotion
  • Professional Practice

Learners will then work on the Social Work Diploma where they will complete an additional four specialist units.

What could I do when I have finished this course?

The predominant aim of this course is to prepare and enable students to apply to university, although former students have also found volunteering and employment opportunities in the adults and children & young people’s sector as a result of completing the course.

Where and when will I learn?

This course will begin in September 2021. We are currently gathering interest and you are welcome to leave your contact details with us today. You must register your interest with us by July 31st 2021.

What should I bring with me?

It is essential that you have an internet enabled device and access to the internet. In exceptional circumstances we can offer this course offline via paper resource packs. This will be discussed during your enrolment.

How much will the course cost?

This course is free.

What shall I do next?

For further information or to enrol please contact us on 07932 869325 or email l&[email protected]