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First Step to Work

This course provides students with the skills to look for, apply and maintain a full time job or college course. It aims to improve students’ basic skills, IT, communication and team work skills. It also offers each student the opportunity to gain a range of nationally recognised qualifications. This is a popular course as it offers many routes for progression, and there are a limited number of places available. This course is specifically aimed at Year 10 and 11 pupils who are not attending school or those attending on a part-time basis. At Tameside College, we understand that all students have different abilities and we aim to provide a valuable and enjoyable learning experience for all. During the initial stages of the programme, we assess a student’s literacy and numeracy, so that we understand their strengths and weaknesses and can provide each individual with the necessary support. This course can also be combined with:

  • Part-time attendance at school
  • A Long-term work placement. This can be arranged through Tameside Education Business Partnership (0161 609 1250)
  • Attendance on other projects. 

Qualifications Available: 

  • AQA Certificate in Preparation for Working Life Level 1 or Level 2
  • City & Guilds Numeracy: Entry, Levels 1-3 (an optional qualification which is primarily aimed at those who do not attend school)
  • City & Guilds Literacy: Entry, Levels 1-2 (an optional qualification which is primarily aimed at those who do not attend school)
  • NCFE Key Skills Level 1 in Problem Solving
  • NCFE Key Skills Level 1 in Improving Your Learning and Performance
  • PEARL - Personal Employability, Achievement and Reflection for Learners: Entry, levels 1-3