Upgrade Study Programme Level 1

The course is designed for young people who require support and guidance to develop their social and employability skills. It will help to prepare you for independence in learning, life and employment, giving you the understanding and confidence you will need to succeed. This course is primarily a progression course for students who do not meet the entry requirements for an Apprenticeship, their chosen vocational Level 2 course, or who lack the experience to gain employment. You will build the practical skills needed to succeed in a learning or work environment and it will help you decide on the next stage of your career. The course involves focuses on improving your maths & English GCSE grades, studying GCSE Citizenship, develop and enhance the skills required for the working environment and participate in meaningful work experience. Entry requirements are as follows: A minimum of three GCSEs at Grade 2, to include English and mathematics. Places will be offered following a satisfactory interview. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to a particular vocational pathway.

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What will I study?

Students will study:

Employability skills to enable them to secure a work experience placement. The placement is tailored to the students career aims and lasts between 3 - 6 months.

Maths and English are studied to improve students grades so that they can leave college with the best grades possible. 

Study GCSE Citizenship, understanding how to develop into a positive and proactive citizen. 

You will:

  • improve your math’s & English GCSE grades
  • develop and enhance the skills required for the working environment.
  • Participate in meaningful work experience

Students will also be enrolled in a group work placement, where they will work together in the local community to improve confidence, learn about the working environment and improve skills such as teamwork, time keeping and organisation.



How will I learn?

Students learn through a variety of methods. Classroom activities form parts of the course, such as Maths, English and Employability skills. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is taught in a very practical way and allows students to learn through passed on knowledge which they then use in a real life environment.

Are there any trips on this course?

Trips are varied with this course. Students have been to The Skills Show and have been on active trips such as raft building and canoeing to practice for their expedition.

Are there any extra costs?

Costs are kept to a minimum, but students will need to purchase the kit needed for the expedition such as walking boots. Tents and a variety of equipment are provided.

Careers Information

The Upgrade Programme has three progression aims. Students can progress to a Level 2 course of their choice, subject to meeting the entry requirements. We have a huge success rate for students to progress onto Level 2 and even Level 3 Apprenticeships. We support students to find an apprenticeship that suits their career aims. A full-time job; as a College we work with students to find work in an industry that they enjoy.