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Career Skills

This study programme offers a range of qualifications to learners aged 16 to 18 years, to help you decide on the right job or career path.

The programme is designed to combine functional skills in Maths and English, vocational studies to help you decide on your way forward, and work skills to help you better understand the world of work.

In addition, all students will attend taster sessions in different areas of the college. These can include:
– Hospitality
– Care
– Animal Care
– Sport and Fitness
– Construction

You will also have the opportunity of work experience for a minimum of 30 hours.

Apply for this course

Sep 2022 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB087 (2022)
Level : Level 1
Duration : 1 Year
North Devon campus Apply
Sep 2022 : Mid Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTT055 (2022)
Level : Level 1
Duration : 1 Year
Mid Devon campus Apply

Course details


You will have ongoing continuous assessment and Functional Skills or GCSE Maths exams. The Core qualification will be assessed by coursework. Assignment briefs will be set and learners will work independently to complete the work, however, there is a supportive culture within the course and support is always on hand to assist all learners.

Entry Requirements

For all learners joining Entry Level Study Programmes, there are no formal entry requirements, however you will have a one-to-one interview to discuss your personal learning needs. You will also be required to study English and Maths at an appropriate level to suit your ability.

There are no formal entry requirements. An informal interview is essential.


This course can lead to further education courses including Career Skills 2, traineeships, apprenticeships or employment.

Facilities and resources

The course is situated in its own area within the campus. You will benefit from your own base room, a communal space as well as the staff room being situated in the middle of the foundation learning area.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

Apply for this course

Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTB087 (2022) North Devon campus, Mid Devon campus Apply
Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTT055 (2022) North Devon campus, Mid Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.


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