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In Short

This course is aimed at students who want to improve their qualifications that will enable them to progress onto a vocational course at college or prepare them for employment. A range of vocational tasters will give you an experience of other courses and help you to decide what career path you would like to take. You will also have the opportunity to do a work experience placement and engage in conservation and sustainability projects.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. All learners must be 16 – 19 and will be asked to attend an interview and to undertake initial assessments. You should be committed to improving your own skills and be willing to work as part of a team.

Course Content

Students will be studying the NOCN Certificate in Progression, which will cover a range of topics, including:  Preparation for Work – all the essential skills you will need to apply for a job and be successful at interview. Teamwork Skills – take part in challenges and show you can work effectively as part of a team.  Managing Money – learn how to budget, make savings and handle your own and other people’s money properly.  Independent Living Skills – learn all the skills that will help you to live on your own successfully. Healthy Living – find out the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to create nutritionally balanced meals.

In addition, the course offers a range of options to suit the individual needs of the student. Options may include:

  • work experience in an area of interest
  • tasters in other course areas of interest
  • off-site visits and activities
  • sport activities.

Functional Skills – These are the skills that are commonly needed for success in a range of activities in education and training, work and life in general:  Maths, English & Computer skills (ICT).

How will I be assessed?

Most of your work will be assessed through coursework, which will be completed during lessons. English, maths and ICT are assessed through formal exams, which can be taken when the student is ready.


On successful completion of this course, progression may be possible to a full-time, vocational course of choice, enter employment or an Apprenticeship.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary Funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email: Further Information and How to Apply For further information and to obtain an application form please contact the Information Centre on 01305 208808 or email: Alternatively, you can register your interest on Rehabilitation of Offenders To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply for a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the Equality and Diversity policy can be found on the Weymouth College website. Transport and Travel For full information on our subsidised travel routes can be found on the Weymouth College website. The details in this leaflet are correct at time of printing and may be subject to change. Please visit our course finder at for the latest course information.

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