Vocational Access Work Skills

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

About this course

Our Work Skills courses are for young people who are working towards either supported or independent employment.  The learners will participate in a range of classroom-based lessons, group projects and work placements, both within the college and with local employers.  This diverse approach equips our learners with the skills and knowledge they need to become confident and successful employees, who are well prepared for the jobs market.

What you will study

Throughout the academic year learners will build a greater understanding and increase their level of skill, in the areas listed below. 

  • Self-assessment and personal development
  • Working in a team
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Employee rights and responsibilities
  • Health and safety
  • Preparing for and learning from work placements
  • Building a CV and applying for jobs
  • Building resilience

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.

Due to the nature of the curriculum, it is advantageous that learners possess a good level of independent living skills, in order to access the full range of opportunities this course has to offer.  Learners who require support in this area may like to access our Work and Life Skills course first, with the aim of progressing to Work Skill, the following academic year.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £0.00

Entry requirements

Progression of an Entry 3 course. Alternatively, applicants will be considered based on interview and a satisfactory skills scan, with a desire and commitment to complete the course they would wish to study.

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.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • 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
Vocational Access Case Study

From my Vocational Access course, I could have progressed on to courses in cookery, science or sport to a name a few, but I chose music. Having so many opportunities being given to you to pick from was brilliant. I then progressed on to Music and Performance Level 2 and Level 3. My next step is to go to university.

Mathew Williams
Former Vocational Access and Music and Performance student

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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

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East Cardiff Campus

Trowbridge Road,