- September 2019, Full Time
This challenging and exciting course aims to support you in developing your social skills, self-esteem and confidence via the challenges you will face within the Duke of Edinburgh Award . The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is so much more than a 'pat on the back' for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who have achieved a DofE Award.
Its balanced programme develops the whole person - mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working. You'll find yourself helping people or the community through volunteering section, getting fitter in the physical section, developing skills and going on an expedition. Personal and Social Development will help you to learn to manage social relationships effectively, manage money and build self-esteem and confidence. A range of vocational tasters, such as carpentry, brickwork, sports and cooking will improve your employability and help you to make better decisions about your next step. You will also have opportunities to improve your maths and English If you are ready to learn and are looking for a challenge, this may be the course for you.
Applicants do not need formal entry requirements but should be working towards entry level 3 or above for English. Students will need to have good attendance and have achieved the agreed qualifications. All applicants will be required to attend an interview.
To manage social relationships effectively and improve employability.
Good social communication skills
A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence
Assessment is informal and on-going . The Duke of Edinburgh Award is assessed informally over the year with a final expedition externally assessed. There are opportunities to improve English and maths via City and Guilds functional skills qualifications.
Students can apply for specific level 1 courses, for example, sports, catering and construction. Within Supported Learning, there are courses in horticulture, hospitality, retail and a general enterprise course. For students who would prefer to get into work, they may be interested in Ticket to prepare them for employment with work placements and support with interview skills and CVs, followed by Project Search which will provide them with valuable work experience at Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital and Norse among other projects. The college also has it's own employment agency "MINT" to help learners find work with support from job coaches within their employment.
Students can get career advice from MINT, or from the Advice Shop in college.
Students will need to have successfully applied for and received funding.