OCN E2 Award in Living Independently

What is this course about?

Step into College is aimed at low level entry learners and is a course that can introduce you to a range of vocational options in college. You will be able to study a variety of units including basic cooking, hobbies, health and fitness as well as being able to access all of the latest facilities in college such as the gym, LRCs and workshops. Additionally, you will also work to develop your personal skills by completing units in teamwork. Functional Skills of maths, English are also integral to the course. Enterprise is also a big feature in the course and you will be encouraged to demonstrate the skills you have learnt through fund raising activities.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements although a commitment to learning is a must. You will need to attend an interview and an initial assessment to ensure that this is the right course for you.

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OCN E2 Award in Living Independently

Start: 01/09/2020
Days: Mon
Time: TBC

How is it taught

The course is taught by an experienced and well-qualified lecturer and all classes are supported by a learning support assistant to ensure that 1-2-1 or small group support is available if necessary. The learning will take place in our Burslem and Cauldon campus in classrooms, computer suites, studios and workshops. Learning is practical and hands on and accessible to everyone. You can access tasters within the Prep 4 area in health and social care, hair and beauty, catering, ICT, construction, motor vehicle and creative arts.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. For each unit that you work on, you will have to complete an assessment to evidence your learning and understanding. Your tutor will tell you when the assessments will take place. You must successfully pass all of the unit assessments in order to pass the course successfully.

What else do I need to know?


All of the Prep 4 courses are smaller sized classes to allow more individual support that nurtures and develops learners and their learning. As the course progresses throughout the year, more independence and autonomy is encouraged.

What could I do next?


Support is provided to identify progression pathways that are appropriate to the individual. Progression can be within the Preparation 4 Vocation area at Entry 3 then onto a level 1 or employability course or it can be within any vocational areas that are on offer in college.
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