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Independence and Work Skills

Course Code: SDG

Level: E
Subject area: Learning Difficulties & Disabilities
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Certificate, City & Guilds
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

About the course

The independence and work skills study programme at City College Plymouth is for young people with moderate to severe learning difficulties or disabilities. It is ideal for those who need to learn within a supported environment, and who want to develop their skills in preparation for work and independent living. All students receive a high level of support to enable them to access all aspects of College life and the wider community. You will have the opportunity to develop English and maths skills, develop employability skills, develop a range of independent living skills, social skills, and self-confidence, try a range of vocational options, achieve relevant qualifications. You can also take part in a personal development programme (this may include Duke of Edinburgh Award and/or Ten Tors).

What you'll learn

You will have the opportunity to:

  • develop functional skills
  • develop a range of independent living skills,social skills and self confidence
  • try a range of vocational options
  • achieve relevant qualifications

The course includes:

  • Functional Skills
  • work Skills/work placement – where appropriate
  • Vocational tasters
  • personal development/residential
  • independent living skills
  • keeping fit and healthy
  • using community facilities.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, but an interview will assess your suitability for the course.


You will have the opportunity to study the following qualifications:

  • Skills for Working Life
  • ASDAN Personal Progress Award
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge.
What's next?

On successful completion you may progress to other skills development courses at the College or vocational training appropriate to individual needs.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: SDG

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age groupFREE
19 - 23AFREE

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.