This one year course aims to equip young people with the skills to obtain employment and build confidence so that they can retain jobs and improve life chances for themselves and their families. WorkSkills builds on the ABC of employability – Attitude, Behaviour and Communication – to develop the skills that employers are looking for.
Each unit of study is worth 1-3 credits. The Diploma, worth 4 GCSE’s at B/C is awarded to students who successfully produce evidence worth 37 credits. Students can achieve an Extended Certificate for achieving 18 credits. Staff assess students’ work and give regular feedback on how to improve their work to meet the standards required. There are no external tests. This course has strong practical elements and so a variety of evidence can be presented for assessment to meet the standards including observation statements and witness statements as well as written assignments.
Each unit of study is short which helps to keep the workload manageable. Many units of the work are based around a work experience placement (currently 2-3 days per fortnight). Other units focus on team work, enterprise activities and leadership skills and others on career planning, applying for jobs and interview skills. Unit titles include: Managing your own money, Self assessment, Applying for jobs, Working as a team, Preparing for interview and Learning from work placement. In these units students will develop their communication skills, their ability to organise their time and workload effectively and prepare themselves to move on to a further career focussed course, apprenticeship or the workplace.
Students are expected to complete work outside scheduled lessons in order to complete the Diploma. They will be given tasks to be carried out between lessons. These tasks will include preparation for their group tasks, weekly write-ups of work experience as well as targeted work leading to unit completion. Effective use of their planners to record tasks set and to organise their time is essential and provides evidence for one of their units.
Four or five GCSEs at grades D, E and F