Where will this course lead?

The Skills for Work and Life course is similar to our main 'Get into College' programme but is aimed at young people who would benefit from some time to get used to college and its surroundings before joining a main programme in the future.

Students on our Skills for Work and Life courses may have an EHC plan or may struggle in larger groups. We try to cater for individual needs within our Foundation Learning department to provide an inclusive, positive, quality learning environment for all. Students study a timetable comprising of English, maths, employability and personal development along with tasters of different vocational areas delivered throughout the year.

The course is open to all 16-18 year olds or 16-24 year olds with and Education health Care Plan (EHCP)

What will I study?

The course includes GCSE or Functional Skills Maths and English, as well as Entry Level 3 or Level 1 Introductory Certificate/Diploma in Vocational Studies with a range of different vocational options such as:

- Art
- Health & Social Care
- Animal Care
- Business
- Hospitality/Cookery
- Construction skills
- Motor vehicle skills
- Enterprise

You will also take part in a community based project.

How will this course be delivered?

You will study up to a maximum of sixteen hours per week over four days. Classes generally run between 9am-4pm but may vary. Timetables will be given to all students during enrolment and induction week

What qualifications will I get?

Entry Level 3 or Level 1 Introductory Certificate/Diploma in Vocational Studies 

GCSE or Functional Skills Maths

GCSE or Functional Skills English

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will include:

- Course work
- Assignments
- Online tests
- Written exams

Some parts of the course will be assessed by course tutors and verified by an awarding body.

How do I get a place on the course?

Fill out an application form and we will invite you in for an interview.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements. Applicants will be asked to complete an initial assessment in maths and English. You will also be asked for a reference.

What else do I need to know?

The course is offered at both sites (Woodlands & Blossomfield).

If you have a learning difficulty or disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

How much will this course cost?


Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to do this course?

You will be need to provide all basic stationery including pens, pencils, paper, plastic wallets, folders plus any additional stationery which is required for your course.

There may be additional costs for trips throughout the year but these will total no more than £25.

What can I do after this course?

Our courses are designed for to enable you to improve your skills in order to progress on to level 1 and vocational courses, supported internships, training or employment.


Blossomfield Campus

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Living Independently

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How much can I earn?


Employment by Region

The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.