This course will help students develop self-confidence, skills for independence, social skills, employability skills and develop functional skills in maths, ICT and or English.

Entry guidance

This programme is designed for learners who are leaving mainstream education ages 16 or over and who may have SEND or for students or those who need additional help to become more confident.

The course is also suitable for people who are up to 24 years old who have an EHCP in place.

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

Employability Skills at Entry 2, Entry 3 and Level 1

Students will work towards a level which is most appropriate for them, we aim to stretch and challenge our students to get the best from them over the year.

Employability Skills will help to develop personal and work-related skills which will enable students to progress into further learning or supported employment as well as enhancing independent living skills. Throughout the course we steadily develop students’ knowledge, understanding and awareness of the need to operate safely in the work environment. We provide opportunities for experiential learning and provide a basic understanding of industrial practice through performing routine tasks.

You can expect a caring and supportive environment, with small class sizes supported by a high ratio of specialist staff. The aim of this programme is to help develop young people’s skills after they finish year 11 in school. Our focus is to prepare students for further study and employment as well as to develop personal self management, building self-confidence and promoting independence.

Ideal if you want to develop self-confidence, skills for independence, social skills, employability skills and develop functional skills in maths ICT and English.


Students pick their favorite subject area from the list below, this will create a frame work for them to achieve the employability skills course over the year.

  1. Animal Care – Practical small animal care skills L1

Ideal if you have an interest in animal care as an area of employment and want to develop practical skills in this area. For learners interested in working in animal care, this qualification provides a practical introduction. Learners will gain work-related skills in the area of farm animal care, gain insight into core activities within the sector, and prepare for further training. Learners will complete this qualification with a good understanding of, how to assist with the care of animals, including relevant animal welfare legislation, minimising  stress and injury to the animals, and keeping people and animals safe whilst working. The principles of animal care, including monitoring the health of animals, providing feed and water, and workplace health and safety requirements.

  1. Childcare – Caring for Children Entry 3 and L1

Ideal if you wish to develop the basic skills needed to care for a baby or young child. This qualification gives you skills in the following areas: setting routine, healthy lifestyles and the importance of play and learning.  Introduction to Health and Social Care Level 1 is ideal if you’re hoping for a career in health and social care or children settings and are new to this subject. This course covers the basic knowledge you’ll need and can build upon to give you a really good foundation. This qualification can help you get started in a wide range of health and social care roles.

  1. Certificate in Business Administration – This qualification aims to:
    • provide learners with the introductory knowledge and skills they need to operate as a successful business administrator
    • confirm competence of those already fulfilling an entry-level business administration role
    • allow learners to develop skills in a range of areas relevant to business administration roles, such as communication, presentation skills and providing administrative support.
    • develop the skills and qualities valued in employees by employers
    • understand and work on their strengths and weaknesses as a business administrator.
  1. Certificate in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings

This course is ideal if you are interested in finding out what it is like to work or volunteer in health and social care. It covers the basic knowledge that you will need and that you can build on.

  1. Essential Digital Skills

If you want to learn the basic skills and knowledge that could lead to further education in IT or related areas this is the ideal course for you. It will provide you with the confidence to work in ICT and will teach you how to deal with tasks that are straightforward or routine, such as; word-processing, basic presentations and basic spreadsheets.

What next  

Following the completion of the course, you could progress onto other courses at Achievement Training at level 1 or Level 2 or you could go on to further study at College or move into paid employment.

Uniform – students wear the own clothing.

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

Funding is available if you are:

  • Aged 16-18
  • 19 – 24 with an EHCP

Attendance is two days a week, term time only. The term starts in September and finishes in July with a big celebration in the guildhall. All the family are welcome to watch you graduate.

Apply here

If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the Admissions team on 01752 202269.