Next Steps

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required to get onto the Next Steps but English and maths skills are assessed to make sure the course will be at the right level for you.

What's Involved

Next Step 1

Qualification: Certificate in Skills for Independence and Work at E1, E2, or E3

On this course students will develop employability skills through enterprise and volunteering activities, independent living skills and have an opportunity to try a vocational area from a wide range of options. We can also arrange some taster sessions in other areas for them.

As part of the course they will also improve their English and maths skills to help them progress in the future.

Next Step 2 – Workgroup

Qualification: Certificate in Workskills

Entry 3 – Level 1

On this course students will further develop skills for work and be able to use these skills in a work placement at least one day a week. They will also investigate the world of work and continue to improve English, maths and ICT skills.

Next Steps courses;

*NOCN Entry level 1 certificate in personal progress Entry 1

*NOCN Entry level 2 Certificate in independent living – Looking after yourself and your home

*NOCN Entry level 3 certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and personal development

*BTEC Entry level 3/level 1 Certificate in Workskills

*Preparation for Adulthood

Course Assessment Method

Work placements

Students access a wide range of work placements on the Workskills programme.

Enterprise activities

As part of their course they will have the opportunity to take part in our enterprise activities. Groups meet to plan business ideas e.g. making craft goods to sell, working on up-cycling or running the college sweet trolley.

Volunteering and fund raising activities

Students on Next Steps have lots of opportunities to take part in volunteering and fund raising activities.

In the past, we have supported various local organisations in the Darlington area.

What's Next

How can you find out more?

To get more information about Next Steps contact us: Email:

Call us on: 01325 503277 for a chat with a member of the Next Steps Team.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Certificate in Personal Progress (Entry 1)
Level: Level 0
Awarding Body: NOCN
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: September 2021

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