Level 2 Diploma in Work Skills
Full time course
This course offers an overview of skills that are essential for the workplace.
What will I study?
There are 23 units on the course, including:
Working in a team
Managing your own money
Applying for a job and interview skills
Preparing for a work placement
Learning from a work placement
Planning and running an enterprise activity
Building relationships with colleagues and customers.
The majority of the units are linked together and are practically assessed through role plays.
Maths and English
To fully develop your potential, we also provide Functional Skills Maths and English classes or the opportunity to retake one of the subjects at GCSE. English and Maths will also be embedded in your daily subjects.
Educational visits are arranged with various businesses to investigate how they operate throughout the year. A highlight of the year is the trip to Mojo Active, which is an outdoor pursuit activity designed to develop teamwork and leadership skills. Barclays life skills team and other organisations will visit the college to share their expertise.
You will have the opportunity to do a 30 hour work placement in the second half of the year at a business of your choice. This will enable you to experience different organisations or job roles to see what is right for you.
This course is designed to help develop employability skills.
What do I need to join?
You will need three GCSEs at grade 2 or above, with English and maths being desirable.
How will I learn?
The course is assessed on a coursework basis throughout the year. Each unit has one final piece of coursework submitted by a specific deadline. The lecturer gives clear feedback on how you can improve and what you have achieved. One resubmission is allowed for any piece of coursework. The course is graded Pass/Fail.
How will I know how I am doing?
You will have regular tutorials throughout the year, which are opportunities for you to check your own progress and to discuss how you could improve. Tutors will also help you to consider progression routes for the year after and will support you through the application process.
What can I do next?
In order to progress within our Business & Travel Department, you will require a positive reference from your tutor, must successfully pass the Level 2 Workskills course and achieve a level 1/2 pass in Functional Skills Maths/English or GCSE grade 4 (grade C). Providing you meet the above criteria, you will be guaranteed an interview with one of the following internal courses:
BTEC L2 Certificate in Business
BTEC L3 Diploma in Business
City and Guilds L2 Travel
BTEC L3 Diploma in Travel
BTEC L2 Diploma in IT.
What are my career options?
On successful completion of the course and with a positive reference from your tutor, you will be guaranteed an interview with Brightside Insurance Company in Aust, with a possibility to join their customer service team as an apprentice for 18 months. This is an exclusive offer to Level 2 Workskills students.
If you are successful at interview, Brightside will offer you:
Starting salary of £14,000 (rising to £16,000 after training)
Industry accredited training in financial services
Progression opportunities after 1 year in customer service to go into marketing, IT, HR, etc.
If you do not think you are quite ready for employment but you do not want to stay in full-time education either, then maybe an apprenticeship would be the ideal opportunity for you. There are many intermediate and higher apprenticeships available in business, customer service and hospitality that we can help you apply for.