STEPS 4 – Career Transition

The STEPS 4 study programme aims to provide a progression route to supported employment/employment and/or further study for individuals with additional support needs.

Programmes aim to equip students who have additional support needs with the skills, confidence and independence required for successful progression. This is achieved by providing a highly supportive learning environment and diverse, exciting curriculum. Students are provided with support and guidance, and encouraged to set themselves challenging, achievable goals in order to fulfil their potential.

Students will work towards completion of an Entry Level 3 or Level 1 qualification in Skills for Progression, in addition to English and maths (as appropriate).

Course Info
How to make an Application
Course Content

Key components of the Steps 4 study programme include:

Curriculum Theme Course content  
Subject specific/vocational skills
Personal Growth
  • Personal, Social and Communication skills
  • Employability Skills (including participation in work experience)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Contributing Positively to the Community
  • A choice of vocational options e.g. Sport/Leisure, Art, Cookery*
  • Enrichment activities
  • English and maths*

(*please note: curriculum subjects and access to resources may vary between campuses)

*Learning 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

Whilst there are no formal entry requirements for this programme, previous Education records and experience should indicate 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 of the course activities.

What Can I Do Next?

Following completion of the STEPS 4: Career Transition programme, students may be able to progress to further study programmes at Level 1 or 2 or progress into supported/mainstream employment.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

***Application for courses starting in September 2024 have now closed.***

It’s not too late to start a course with us this September though.

Follow the link below to find out what your options are at this stage of the application cycle.

STEPS 4 – Career Transition
LevelEntry Level
Level 1
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Braintree Campus
Start DateSeptember 2024
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: Variable


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

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