Moving On to Further Education (NQ) @ SCQF Level 3

Introduction

This course could be for you if you feel you would benefit from having a supported learning environment to gain necessary knowledge and skills to help you prepare for progression to further study. If you want an environment that will help you realise what your key strengths are, support you in developing an individualised pathway to expand your skills and develop your confidence, independence and resilience to progress to further study college whether it be another supported programme or any other curricular area, this course could be for you.

Course code

SMED

Location

Dumfries Campus

Duration

This is a full-time programme. You will attend classes for 2.5 days per week for 36 weeks. All classes are face to face in college.

Entry Requirements

This course will be suitable for you if you are:

  • A school leaver or an adult wishing to return to college
  • Wish to develop your study and social skills, become more independent, build your confidence and self-esteem, identify your strengths and aspirations and discover the pathway best suited to you.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

This is a key aspect of your application process. You will be invited for interview to which you must attend.

During the interview we will discuss your aspirations and future plans and ensure this is an appropriate course for you to transition to.

Course Content

This full-time course will bring you into the college environment and will develop your skills and confidence in a supported environment that provides a transition to adult learning. The programme covers themes such as social relationships, personal finance, information technology, including digital literacy, a range of health and wellbeing topics, including mental health awareness. The programme provides opportunities to improve your communication skills, learn about the world of work and a range of many other useful skills for life, and independence.

Assessments

A variety of approaches are taken to assessment, for example: practical assessments through observation, building portfolios of evidence of outcomes attained. Assessment is ongoing throughout the session.

Progression

This course is designed as a stepping-stone into further education. You may be able to progress directly to the following on successful completion of the course:

  • LifeSkills @ SCQF Level 3/4
  • Project Search
  • Sustained Transitions and Routes (STAR)
  • Princes Trust Programme
  • Or any other college FE programme that you have the entry criteria for and wish to pursue.

Career Prospects

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to transition to an adult learning environment, identify your strengths and interests to make informed decisions about your future learning pathway.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

  • Suitable transition programme to post 16 education for students with barriers to learning.
  • Flexibility and personalisation in approaches to learning and teaching to suit individual students.
  • Emphasis on developing vocational skills, skills for life, learning and independence.

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