Skills for Independence

Entry Level 1

skills for independence student working in an allotment

Availability & Details

Skills for Independence (Entry 1) AF-STILE1-D(0000)000

Venue
Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board
AQA

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Overview

On this Entry Level 1 course, you will have the opportunity to develop your life skills, independence and knowledge of the wider world and community.  Your course will be based around the core areas of preparing for adulthood, skills of employability, health, independent living and community. 

The course will have a focus on getting out into the community, making use of our college allotment and local community facilities. On the course, you will also continue to study functional skills in English and Maths at an appropriate level, as well as a range of vocational areas such as Sport, Catering, Drama, Outdoor Learning, Art and Horticulture. 

Our Foundation Learning Department is now taking part in the Hampshire CC Trailblazers outdoor learning initiative with the aim of taking students outside to learn as much as possible. Trips planned for the year will include visits to external venues such as Hospital of St Cross in Winchester, Hampshire Wildlife Trusts, Vitacress Farm and Gilbert White Study Centre. Other outings typically include Alice Holt and locally, Flood Meadows and Kings Pond in Alton. You will also access the local community enjoying trips to the shops, the library, local museums and galleries, for example. 

You will undertake a series of projects as part of the AQA Unit Award Scheme which provides a learner-centred experience to meet all of your individual needs.? 

A positive attitude to learning and a willingness to undertake community work.

Over the year you will undertake several AQA units to gain certificates in all your subjects. Your week will be structured to have regular visits to the community, alongside classroom-based lessons. 

You will learn in small group sizes and have the added support of Learning Support Assistants. On the course, you will predominantly learn in the same group with your fellow students in your tutor group. You will have a base tutor group room to work from and access to the departmental kitchen, college gym and sports hall.  You can also enjoy access to our college refectory, including Starbucks, as well as our Learning Hub (Library/Learning Resource Centre). You will also have the opportunity to take part in clubs such as the Lego club or dance club. 

You will complete coursework for the AQA unit award scheme, to gain certificates of achievement in all subject areas.

You will be expected to provide your own stationery required for lessons.

Further costs include field trips at approximately £50.

At the end of your course, you may be able to progress onto our Entry Level 2 course or specialist Performing Arts course at Alton Campus.

The course is linked to HCC Trailblazers outdoor learning and has close links with Hampshire Wildlife Trust and is constantly developing links with other local external providers. We have our own allotment through Alton Town Council, providing horticulture work experience for all students.


The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student

There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student