E3 Certificate to Vocational Studies

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Trafford College


Altrincham Campus

Course Overview

This is a ‘First Steps’ programme which gives learners a taste of different vocational sectors such as art & design, construction crafts, gas and plumbing, motor vehicle, hair and beauty, hospitality and catering, digital, science and business, sport and public services. It is perfect for learners who have not yet made their mind up about which subject they would like to study and to boost their English and maths skills. On successful completion of the course, learners can progress to a L1 qualification in their chosen sector.

Further Details


College 16-18

Course Start Date


Course Duration



Foundation Learning

4 GCSE’s at Grade 1 or above including English and Maths
An interview with a member of staff from the Progression Curriculum plus a good reference from school/college.

*Students will be expected to commit to the course and display good attendance and punctuality.

The qualification provides a pathway into a range of sectors giving learners the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with different job roles before deciding which career progression they wish to choose. Learners will study Functional Skills or GCSE maths and English alongside their qualification.

There are a number of enrichment activities throughout the year including:

Community Projects
Sporting activities
Work Experience

Personal action planning
Skills for gaining employment
Rights and responsibilities of citizenship
Sector related projects

Learner may progress onto a L1 vocational programme
Supported Internship
Apprenticeship programme

Successful students who started the course with low esteem and self confidence have progressed to L1/L2 programmes at the college.

Assessment consists of both performance evidence and knowledge evidence. Performance evidence through direct observation and oral questioning. Knowledge through research and completion of assignments. English and maths will be assessed through exams.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course).

READY TO begin your journey?

Apply Now

trafford college at a glance
Our Open Day is your chance to explore the College and find out the range of courses we offer. Whether you're interested in post-16 qualifications or studying with us as an adult, our Open Day will help you make the right choice.

Next Event
Saturday 17th June

10:30am - 1:00pm

Course not quite right for you?

try these similar courses