Skills for Progression in College

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

Our Skills for Progression courses are for young people who require a more gradual introduction to further education.  These courses offer a more streamlined timetable, with less movement around the college campuses, smaller class sizes and space in the curriculum to address personal barriers to progression.  These courses can act as a stepping stone to further study at college, as well as supported or independent employment.

What you will study

Throughout the academic year, learners will participate in a variety of classroom-based lessons, individual and group projects and offsite learning activities.  Our approach to the curriculum is always learner-led, with learners dictating the pace of progression through these activities.  All learning activities aim to facilitate skill development in the following areas.

  • Self-assessment and personal progression
  • Building resilience
  • Wellbeing
  • Independent learning
  • Working in a team
  • Independent living skills

Learners will also be expected to continue improving their essential skills, including working towards qualifications in Application of Number (AON) and Communication (Comms.).

Learners will be supported to maintain either paper or e-portfolios, recording their progress and achievements against assessment criteria.  Learners will be expected to produce evidence in a variety of ways, including written work, photographs, videos clips, soundbites and infographics.  These portfolios will be assessed on completion.  Learners will also be observed carrying out practical activities throughout the academic year.

This course has been designed with learners who have Autism in mind, although, we welcome applications for any young people who believe this curriculum meets their learning and personal development aspirations.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Entry requirements

You need to have either a formal diagnosis of ASC or a need for a highly supported and structured environment. You will need to attend an informal interview and undertake a College assessment.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.


What our students say

Since starting at the College I have made lots of friends, but I also have the opportunity to sit and do independent studying. To a student in a similar situation to me when I started college I would say it’s alright to be afraid, don’t underestimate yourself, keep trying and you’ll be surprised what you can do; get along and have fun.

Vocational Access Case Study
Sean Ball
Studied Vocational Access

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE

Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ