Skills to Succeed

The Foundation Learning Skills to Succeed course is a free learning programme aimed at 16-18 year olds who are not in training or employment and wish to gain qualifications in maths and English from entry level to level 2.

The Skills to Succeed study programme provides a progression route to employment, vocational study and/or apprenticeships for students studying at level 1. Programmes aim to equip students with the skills and confidence 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 are encouraged to set themselves challenging, achievable goals in order to reach their aspirations. Programmes incorporate a combination of vocational learning, personal and social skills, development and Functional Skills (English and Maths).

Enrichment activities are also included in the course programme to develop confidence and social skills.

This is a full-time course which runs from September to June (36 weeks) and is delivered at Braintree and Colchester.

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

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

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular October Open Events are also open.

October Open Events

Course Content
  • Initial Assessment
  • Individually Tailored Timetable
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • City & Guilds  Extended Certificate in Employability and Personal Development.
  • Career Planning, Job Search, Confidence Building, Health Awareness and Involvement with outside Agencies
Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs (9-1) or satisfactory completion of a Level 1 qualification, or consideration via an assessment at interview.

Course Progression

Progression routes for some of our students have been:
•Full-time courses/Apprenticeships in Business and Administration, Public Services, Carpentry, Construction, Health and Social Care, Childcare, Motor Vehicle, Music, Health and Beauty, Painting and Decorating, Customer Care, Art and Design, Sport and Recreation
• Employment in the construction industry, retail and care homes
• Skills for Enterprise Level 2

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.

Skills to Succeed
Course Outline: provides a progression route to employment, vocational study and/or apprenticeships for students studying at level 1
LevelLevel 1
Level 2
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Braintree Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: Variable


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