Faculty of
Skills and Employability

Pathway To Progression


  • Title: Pathway To Progression
  • Code: F08441
  • Level: Entry Level / Level 1
  • Length: 1 Year(s)
  • Term: Full Time
  • Faculty: Skills and Employability
You would follow the path set by your chosen vocational area
Free to 16-18 years
As a student you will work towards the college RARPA (Recognising and Recording of Personal Achievements) certificate which focuses on setting and reviewing individual targets and personal and social development units, to ensure you develop the skills that will enable you to progress on to further mainstream vocational learning or employment.  In addition you will complete GCSE or Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English. 


Class sizes are small and you will be taught by a highly qualified team of tutors, dedicated to ensuring your learning experience is fun, challenging and meaningful. You could have access to specialist additional learning support. You will have your own named, Personal Tutor and you will have access to specialist classrooms and resources. You will have targets set specifically for your needs and end goals,  which will be monitored and reviewed regularly with your Personal Tutor, to ensure your learning journey stays on track.We have strong links with family and professionals who are invited to be involved in all aspects of your development.

No Formal Entry Requirements
Via the college website.
Method of assessments are varied to meet your needs and abilities and will include written and verbal assessments, observation and witness statements, photographic and video evidence.  
You must want to improve you English, maths and employability skills, and be committed to 100% attendance.

Pathway to Progression is a specially designed study programme for learners to prepare them for progression to Pathway to Vocational Level 1 or to other vocational programmes or traineeships. It comprises:

  • Reading
  • Pastoral/1-1 target setting
  • English GCSE or Functional Skills
  • Maths GCSE or Functional Skills
  • Life, Social & Employability skills
  • Confidence-building: communication/ presentation skills, vocal techniques, body language.
  • Team-work:  problem-solving potentially leading to Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • Enterprise projects.
  • Work experience.
You would follow the path set by your chosen vocational area
You will complete units related to Employability Skills and will have the opportunity to participate in a range of relevant work experience placements tailored to your area of interests and needs.
Pathway to Vocational Level 1.

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development

Visit: www.oldham.ac.uk or Call: 0161 785 4000