Work and Life Skills

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

About this course

This course is for young people who are working towards improving their independent living and employability skills.  Our Work and Life Skills course is one of our Personalised Learning Pathways (PLP), which offer learners the flexibility to focus on areas of their personal development that are important to them.  Learners will be supported to create their own learning pathways, based on their personal targets, interests and aspirations.  Learners will have the opportunity to engage in group and individual work placements, within the college and with external partners.

What you will study

Throughout the academic year, learners will participate in a variety of projects specifically designed to facilitate skills development in a range of areas.  These projects provide meaningful learning experiences, offering learners the scope to easily identify their strengths, qualities and areas for improvement, in a variety of settings.

Learners will follow personalised learning pathways, based on their individual targets.  These pathways can include learning in the following curriculum areas;

  • Communication Skills
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Work Skills
  • Community Engagement
  • Building Resilience

Learners will be supported to recognise and record their progress and achievements in a way that is exciting and accessible to them.  This may include building ePortfolios, using written work, photographs, videos clips, soundbites and infographics. 

Our Work and Life Skills courses are highly supported by staff from our Additional Learning Needs and Wellbeing Team at CAVC.

Our Personalised Learning Pathways offer learners the flexibility to focus on areas of their personal development that are important to them.  For this reason, this course is a non-accredited route.

Course fee per year

Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00

Entry requirements

You will need to attend an informal interview and undertake a college assessment to demonstrate that you are working at a minimum of Entry Level 2 in Communications (English) and Application of Number (Maths). You must demonstrate the desire to take part in a variety of work experience placements. We ask that Vocational Access students can travel independently in order to fully access our varied curriculum and to prepare learners for studying at a higher level. If you would like to discuss individual circumstances further, please contact one of our Transition and Review Officers or ask a tutor about this at interview.

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

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Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ