Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for 16-19 year olds at  Foundation Level up to Level 1 who are undecided about their future and want to explore their options before moving on to Vocational training and/or applying for work. This programme is designed for students who have found it difficult to engage in education in the past.

Multi Trade is aimed at preparing young people for adult life, employment or further education and training and aims to support the social, emotional and behavioural needs of leaners as well as academic attainment. 

What does the course involve?

After initial assessment you will be guided through the process of building portfolios in a range of subjects that are relevant to your future needs, ranging from Work skills and Managing Money, to Health and Safety in the workplace, where independent learning and creativity are encouraged.

Up to half of your time at college will be spent in a vocational area engaging in practical activities to help you decide and prepare for what you want to do next, this could include:

  • Motor Vehicle
  • Construction
  • Sport


  • Hairdressing
  • Media
  • Health and Social care.

What makes this course special?

You will be supported by experienced and enthusiastic staff in a vibrant and challenging atmosphere. You will be taught in small groups of up to 10 students, which will include a group LSA.  There are a wide range of options for all students including volunteering and work placement. In addition you will go on educational visits to places of interest and potential employers.

Placements/Work Placements

We have a dedicated Work Placement Coordinator who will work with you and your tutor to identify when you are ready and what work placement would be most appropriate for you. This may be a few hours a week within the college, or an external placement near where you live. 

Entry Requirements

You will need to be working to at least Entry Level 2 and have a positive attitude to learning. The ability to work within a group of 8-10 students. Entry is also subject to a successful interview.

What are the assessment methods?

  • Staff will observe your work and give you regular feedback.
  • You will build a course work folder of written and pictorial evidence of your learning.
  • You will be able to work towards the next level in Maths and English

How long is the course?

You will do a one year programme. Some students will go on to a second year in this course. 

What are the College attendance requirements?

You will be in college for four days a week .Your day will start at 9.30am and end at 3.15pm.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • Clothing £60
  • Residential/Day trips £350
  • Materials £200

You may be eligible for a college bursary to meet the cost of your programme, dependent on your household income. You can get more information about this from our Student Support team.

What are the progression options?

  • A further entry level programme
  • Level 1 vocational programme
  • Level 2 vocational programme
  • Employment
  • Apprenticeship

Awarding Body

City and Guilds 5546 Award and/or Certificate in Employability Skills

Further Information