Vocational Access New College Durham

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Vocational Access New College Durham

Vocational Access New College Durham


Vocational Access Level 1

Start date(s):
Week beginning 3 Sept 2018
1 year
Level 1
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 – Free
19+ – Free or £350
(previous years fees)



This course focuses on the development of key skills and is perfect for learners who wish to develop their maths and English skills in a supportive environment. You will explore career options, develop work, study and social skills, and prepare for progression within college.
Groups will be allocated based on ability. Any additional needs, learning difficulties or disabilities will be addressed accordingly.

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This programme prepares learners for progression by providing an environment where they can develop essential skills and knowledge.


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Medal success at Skills Show 2016

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This course aims to provide a smooth transition for learners transitioning from school to college, or those who have progressed from Vocational Access E3. Delivery is flexible and responsive to individual needs – a high staff to student ratio is maintained to enhance this process. You will develop maths and English skills with the help and support of highly qualified specialists.


Maths and English will be taught using City and Guilds functional skills (where appropriate). All other modules will be delivered using skills based assessments, including:

  • Development of Employability Skills
  • Work Related IAG
  • Experience in a Real Work Environment within College and the Local Area – Café 50
  • Community Projects
  • Development of Independent Living Skills.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


Monday:9am-4pmTuesday:9am-4pmWednesday:9am-12noon*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

We ensure your learning experience is enhanced by providing responsive and appropriate content delivery. A high staff to student ratio is maintained, and Learning Support Assistants will be present in all classes to enrich the assessment and learning process. Development of maths and English is crucial and is carefully delivered using highly qualified specialists.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

Visits and guest speakers from/to local food chains, charities and businesses will be organised throughout the course.

What next?

Completion of the course means you could progress to an advanced level vocational course at New College Durham.

Our staff and students

Meet our students

Chloe Gibertson CS

Chloe Gilbertson

Vocational Access student Chloe has now progressed to an Access to Higher Education Diploma at New College Durham.


What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Do I need to pay fees?

Do I need to pay fees for my course?

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Refund Policy 17-18

View our refund policy for 2017/18 for further and higher education programmes and full cost courses.


Interview Instructions

You will be selected following discussion and reference to pre-course information.

Entry Criteria

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, it is suitable for E3 to L1 learners.