Progression Studies

The Progression Studies study programme provides a progression route to employment, vocational study and/or apprenticeships for individuals with additional support needs and/or barriers to learning.

Programmes aim to equip students with the skills, confidence and independence required for successful progression by providing a highly supportive learning environment and diverse, exciting curriculum. Students are provided with a high level of support and guidance, and encouraged to set themselves challenging, achievable goals in order for their aspirations to be achieved.

Access to a wide range of resources and facilities provide exciting opportunities for students to develop their skills in an active environment. Students are well supported to make informed decisions regarding their next steps.

Students will work towards completion of a Gateway, Level 1 Certificate in Vocational Skills, in addition to English and maths (as appropriate).

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

Course Info
How to make an Application
Course Content

Key components of the Progression Studies programme include:

Curriculum Theme Course content 
Independence
  • Personal, Social and Communication skills
  • Planning for Personal Progression
  • Career Planning
  • Health and Safety in the Work Place
  • Employability (including a work experience placement)
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Digital skills
  • Self-management
  • English and maths*
  • Enrichment
Employability
Subject specific/vocational skills
Community
Personal Growth
Well-being

Please note: Curriculum subjects and access to resources may vary between campuses and specific programmes.

*Leaning aims for English and maths will be determined by students’ prior attainment and initial assessment.

Pathways include: GCSE (for those who have already achieved a Grade 2 or above); Functional Skills (Entry Level 3 and Level 1); Themed Awards in English and maths (Entry Level 1 – Entry Level 3).  Where appropriate, non-accredited English and maths learning is considered for students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Entry Requirements

Students need to demonstrate English and maths skills at Entry 3.  Previous Education records and experience should also indicate that students can thrive socially and emotionally in a large, complex education setting.  Course offer is subject to a successful interview and initial assessment. In addition, students need to show a commitment and willingness to work towards agreed goals, and participate in all elements of the programme.

Career Opportunities

Various roles in unskilled or semi-skilled employment.

Course Progression

Following completion of a Progression Studies  Foundation and Supported Learning programme, students may be able to progress to further study programmes within the STEPS (Supported Transition and Employment Pathways) area, progress onto a vocational course or an Apprenticeship.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Progression Studies
Course Outline: Programmes incorporate a combination of vocational learning, personal and social skills development
LevelEntry Level
Level 1
LocationColchester
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £741

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.