Essential Skills

  • Develop confidence, life skills and interpersonal skills
  • Get help with interviews and finding work
  • Develop your IT, English and maths skills

We offer a range of Essential Skills courses for all ages, whether you’re 16-18 or 19 years or over. Our friendly and supportive tutors will help you explore your strengths and career interests, develop your key skills in English, maths and IT and grow your confidence and teamwork skills.

We offer a range of short courses for a variety of abilities.

Courses available in:

  • Employability Workshops
  • Confidence Building, Goal Setting and Volunteering
  • Getting into Care, Hospitality, Retail, Warehousing and Logistics, Business Administration
  • Functional Skills English and Maths
  • Essential Digital Skills

The majority of our Essential Skills courses are aimed at helping those aged 19+ secure employment. We’ll help you develop communications skills, IT, English and maths skills and can support with CVs and interview preparation. The Pathway to Careers course offers under 19s the chance to try out a range of industries before committing to a course full-time.

What our students say

“College has allowed me to focus on something I am passionate about and helped me gain a better understanding of the art industry.”

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Eddie Barlow Level 3 Art and Design Former student at Oakwood High School

“One of the best things about college is that you get to meet like-minded people - everyone studying on your course is interested in the same sort of stuff and often have similar motivations.”

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Emily Puk Level 3 Countryside Management Former student at Wingfield Academy

“The course challenges me to work harder and is helping me to pursue my dream of being an underwater welder.”

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Kyle Maguire Level 2 Fabrication and Welding, former student at Winterhill School