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Essential Skills for Employment

Foundation Education Bedford College Students


Essential Skills for Employment

If you have just left school and have a learning difficulty or need extra support to help you improve your prospects and progress to further study or a career, this flexible programme will enable you to choose a range of subjects that best suit your individual needs and interests. This course is specifically designed for 16-18 year olds, although, if appropriate, we do consider applications from older students. These course vary in length between one and three years.


Available Courses
Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: 13/09/2021
Type: Full Time
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Length: 3 years
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Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 13/09/2021
Type: Full Time
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Length: 3 years
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Course Information

Course content

During this course you can study a variety of topics depending on your ability and long-term aims, including:

  • English and maths
  • Independent living skills
  • Enterprise
  • Tutorial and PSHE
  • Work preparation
  • Undertake a supported work placement
  • Access a vocational option that includes: Creative Arts, Media & Business, Performing Arts, Catering and Hospitality, Sport, Health & Nutrition.
Assessment methods

Most subjects are continually assessed and you will need to keep a portfolio of your work, which will be examined by external verifiers.

Depending on your levels / previous experience, you will be entered for Functional Skills or GCSE’s in Maths and English. These are assessed by exam.

Further study and career options

This course will significantly increase your options and you may go on to work-based training or continue your education/training at Tresham College.

Additional information

Students will need to cover the printing costs for work produced, this is estimated to be £20-£30 per academic year.

This is a full-time course which runs for up to three years, dependent upon your ability level upon entry. The course starts in September of each year and you will need to attend college four days a week.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.