Award Crest
York College

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. You will have an interview and you will undertake some initial assessments in English and maths. You should be able to show you could benefit from the programme and be fully committed.

Students can enrol on to the programme at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3 or Level 1. They may also be considered for a bespoke, personalised, non accredited programme. The programme is suitable for students who have no prior qualifications but, if you have already achieved some, you must show you can make progress and work towards the next level.


At least one year, but the programme is designed to meet individual needs and may be extended if progression is achievable and supports the student’s agreed outcomes (including those agreed in Education, Health and Care Plans).

What will I study?

You will study English and maths. You will also undertake a work placement or work related learning. Your main programme will include some or all of the following:

Develop job search and research skills 
Be involved in planning, setting up and participating in an ‘Enterprise’ activity 
Develop your independent living skills 
Develop your social and communication skills 
Deal with problems in your daily life 
Lead a healthy lifestyle and make the most of your leisure time 
Manage your money 
Plan and make journeys using public transport (including travel training) 
Take part in visits and offsite activities

Some students have a personalised programme which involves studying some of the Pathways units as well as vocational options such as IT or Catering, or studying part of their programme with other providers. These personalised programmes are negotiated and finalised during application and induction and are set up to meet very specific needs. Please contact Pat Rose, Head of Division for Pathways and Learning Support Manager on 01904 770428 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to discuss options.

What could it lead to?

Next steps could be: progression onto a higher level within the Pathway to Work and Independent Living Programme; progression on to Entry Level or Level 1 Vocational programmes or further training including open/supported employment.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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