This short course follows on from the New Opportunities course and is specifically designed to support 16-18 years olds to identify their next steps towards employment and/or Further Education. It will provide students with opportunities to develop core transferable skills such as teamwork and communication along with identifying and addressing individual barriers to learning.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has various start dates throughout the year, and lasts for 24 weeks (2 terms).

What will I study?

During the course students will:

  • Explore personal strengths and barriers and develop skills that can be transferable in education and the workplace
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace including areas such as timekeeping, appearance, behaviours and developing communication skills.
  • Take part in teamwork activities
  • Develop formal maths and English skills – GCSE or Functional Skills

How is it assessed?

You will build a portfolio of work which shows what you have achieved throughout the course and you will also receive regular, informal reviews.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You don’t need any qualifications to join Directions, just a desire to make a positive change in your life.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed the course, you can progress on to a full-time course at level 1 or 2 at the college, or into employment.

Any further information?

To join Directions, you can contact your Connexions Advisor, who will then refer you on to the course or alternatively, please contact Lisa on 07580520096 or email

Ref: Maxine Jones