Stepping Up: Level 1 Award In Personal & Social Development – September 2024

Funding information: Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds. Adult funding available dependant on learner circumstances otherwise course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This Level 1 programme helps you adjust to college life whilst building your confidence and coping skills in everyday situations.

It has been designed to bridge the gap between the familiarity of school and the unfamiliarity of a new college.

Could this course be for you?

Are you too old for school but college feels daunting? Are you especially nervous about meeting others? Do you need a bit of time to catch up on some social and emotional skills? Do you need a bit of time to work on your independence and resilience before focusing on a career route?

If you said "yes" to any of the above, we can help you 'Step up' to the challenge at your pace.

As well as completing the course, you will go on trips and visits related to your units (additional costs apply), work on projects and events, complete tasters in different areas of the College and complete internal and external work experience.

Course Content

Learners who study on this programme will benefit from:

  • Internal and external work experience
  • The Aspire Programme
  • A theory project – related to developing you, dealing with everyday problems and managing social relationships
  • A practical project – completing an enterprise project
  • Preparation for moving onto the next level of study at the College
  • Life and living skills – helping learners to be more confident
  • GCSE maths and English

Entry Requirements

You will need GCSE grades of 2 or 3.

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio
  • Practical assignments


If you successfully complete this course and develop the required skills, you could progress onto other courses at the college.