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Foundation Learning Employability & Life Skills Entry Level Study Programme

This qualification is the first step on the ladder to progressing into vocational learning, Apprenticeships and employment. The individual qualifications are selected on the basis of relevance to the development of skills, attributes and qualities, along with qualifications and to ensure the best progression into employment.


The Employability and Life Skills Study Programme has three levels, Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3. On each level, students will study qualifications appropriate to their individual skills and abilities.

Students on all levels of the Study Programme will gain employability skills by taking part in running our D Cafe which is located within the learning environment on D Floor. Learners will also have the opportunity to engage in exciting projects such as enterprise, fundraising, volunteering and work experience either within the College or in the local community.


Teaching takes place in small groups in designated classrooms that are equipped with all the necessary resources. Delivery methods include group works, role play, multi modal blended learning and practical activities in the classroom and out in the community.

Entry Requirements

You will be required to attend an interview with a specialist tutor. At the interview you will have the opportunity to find out about the Study Programme and ask any questions you may have.

Interview Process

You will be required to attend an interview with a specialist tutor. You will be required to provide evidence of previous learning and a copy of a Statement of Needs or Local Authority equivalent. You will complete an initial assessment which will determine entry onto the right level course. Additional Assessment for Learning will take place during the two week Course induction to ensure that learners are on the correct level to suit their skills, ability and previous learning. In addition you will be required to participate in an interview with the Study Support Co-ordinator to assess any support needs you may have

Questions & Answers

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Yes. The learner may achieve up to four qualifications - ASDAN Certificate in Personal and Social Development, ASDAN Certificate in Employability and Functional Skills English and ICT at Entry Level.

How is the course assessed?

The Study Programme is unit based and assessed by completion of a personal portfolio. Functional Skills Maths and English are assessed by in class assessments.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

This Study Programme provides learners with the first step on the ladder, and can offer progression onto vocational courses within the College and to eventual employment opportunities.


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9400.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 16 hours per week
  • Days: 4 days a week
  • Start Time: 9.30 am
  • End Time: 3.45 pm
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18 and for learners 19+ with an EHC Plan. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team on 01422 399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: English and Maths, Skills for Life
  • Department Manager: .


  • Level: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3
  • Qualification Name: Foundation Learning Employability & Life Skills Entry Level Study Programme
  • Awarding Body: ASDAN and City & Guilds

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