Level 1 Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements but you will need to have a positive attitude towards studying.

What's Involved

Vocational Foundations is a Level 1 qualification where students work towards:

NOCN Level 1 Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (by gaining 6 credits)

NOCN Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (by gaining 18 credits)

NOCN Level 1 Diploma in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development (by gaining 27 credits)

The main focus of Vocational Foundations is designed to provide an introduction to working in the following sectors: Business and Administration, Catering, Construction, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Sport and Leisure as well as more generic employability skills designed to build confidence for the workplace. The qualifications also contain units to address learners’ needs in Literacy and Numeracy as well as Personal Development areas. Learners will gain an overview of key skills and areas of knowledge in order to inform further study and/or employment choices in a variety of sectors.

Course modules can include:

Personal Relationships

Customer Service Skills

Personal Money Management

Improving Own Confidence

Job Seeking Skills

Prepare for Interview


Understanding Stress and Stress Management Techniques

Course Assessment Method

Work is internally assessed via a portfolio of evidence including: case studies, written and pictorial information and task work/books.

What's Next

On achievement of the Award students will be able to progress onto the NOCN Level 1 Certificate/Diploma in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development.

This qualification prepares students for higher level studies.

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.

What does it Cost?

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

If you are 24+ then this course qualifies for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Full details on the www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk

Course Information
Qualification Type: Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development
Level: Level 1
Awarding Body: NOCN
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: September 2021

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