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STEPS September

The STEPS programme is designed to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours a young person needs to progress to their chosen next STEP.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Steps
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: Entry
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

The STEPS programme is designed to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours a young person needs to progress to their chosen next STEP.

In addition to improving your maths and English skills, we will work with you to identify other skills you may need to develop to be successful.  This could include:

  • Communication skills
  • Working in a team
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Time management
  • Skills for employment
  • Digital skills

If you are not sure about your next STEPS, or have not achieved the grades you need, this might be the course for you.

There are no formal entry requirements.

All applicants will have an individual advice and guidance interview to assess their needs and suitability for the course. 

You will work towards a maths and English qualification.  This could be either GCSE or Functional Skills depending on the grades you achieved at school.

You will have a weekly tutorial and complete work experience activities throughout the course.

We will work with you to establish if your next STEP is further education, employment or an apprenticeship and agree the skills you will need to progress.

Targets will be set, and these will be achieved through a range of activities that will include individual work, group work, enrichment activities, trips and visits, and employability activities.

You will have a support network that might include a personal tutor, youth worker, mentor and educational support workers.

This course will be delivered on-site.


You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the achievement of personal targets.  This will be regularly reviewed with your teachers.

You will also sit a maths and English exam.

Any inclusion and support needs will be assessed and reviewed throughout the year and we will work hard to give you the support you need.

After the initial nine weeks, we will discuss if STEPS is the right course for you and you will continue on this programme for the rest of the year.  If you decide that STEPS is not right for you, we will support you with other options.

At the end of the year, students can progress to other study programmes within the College or into the world of work.

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 15, 2024 3:10 pm