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Directions: New Opportunities - Next Steps

This short course follows on from the New Opportunities course and is specifically designed to support 16-18 years olds to identify their next steps towards employment and/or Further Education. It will provide students with opportunities to develop core transferable skills such as teamwork and communication along with identifying and addressing individual barriers to learning.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has various start dates throughout the year, and lasts for 24 weeks (2 terms).

What will I study?

During the course students will:

  • Explore personal strengths and barriers and develop skills that can be transferable in education and the workplace
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace including areas such as timekeeping, appearance, behaviours and developing communication skills.
  • Take part in teamwork activities
  • Develop formal maths and English skills - GCSE or Functional Skills

How is it assessed?

You will build a portfolio of work which shows what you have achieved throughout the course and you will also receive regular, informal reviews.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You don't need any qualifications to join Directions, just a desire to make a positive change in your life.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have completed the course, you can progress to a full-time course at level 1 or 2 at the college, or into employment.

Any further information?

Any further


To join Directions, you can contact your Career Connect Advisor, who will then refer you on to the course or alternatively, please contact Maxine on 0777 181 0900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ref: Maxine Jones