STEPS 3 – Preparation for Work

This study programme provides students with the opportunity to develop skills for independence and employment, and to work towards achievement of their own goals for learning, life and work. Programmes aim to prepare students for the next level of study by offering a high level of challenge within a supported environment. Students are provided with a high level of support and guidance which includes opportunities for supported individual and small group work experience placements.

Delivery is through a student-centred approach involving a wide range of activities. This includes a high volume of practical based sessions, learning in the community and small group work. Students work towards completion of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which requires students to work towards achievement of challenging, achievable goals in order to fulfil their potential.

***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.

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Course Objectives

Programme aims are achieved by:

  • development of personal, social and communication skills
  • supporting students to achieve increased levels of social and academic confidence
  • a high level of support enabling student independence and resilience
  • engagement in community learning
  • development of employability skills (as appropriate to the identified destination of individual students) through sheltered/supported work experience and/or enterprise projects
  • adapting curriculum activities to suit the interests and needs of students
  • integrating a wide range of enrichment activities into the main curriculum
  • English and maths (as appropriate to individual needs of students)
Course Content

Access to a wide range of specialist resources and facilities provide exciting opportunities for students to develop their skills in an active environment.

Key Components of the STEPS 3 programme include:

  • personal, social and communication skills
  • employability skills (including participation in quality work experience)
  • working in a team
  • personal finance
  • entrepreneurial skills
  • customer service skills
  • sports, leisure and recreational studies
  • hospitality and catering
  • carpentry and craft skills
  • a wide range of enrichment activities

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

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this programme. 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 3: Preparation for Work programme it may be possible for students’ to continue their learning at STEPS 3 for a second year or progress on to another STEPS programme.

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.

STEPS 3 – Preparation for Work
LevelEntry Level
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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