These qualifications in Independent Living are a flexible and responsive range of general and pre-vocational qualifications devised with the aim to progress learners into further learning and/or employment. They also contain many of the units from the popular Skills Towards Enabling Progression (Step-Up) qualifications so can be used in their place.

The qualification consist of a range of core units to provide opportunities for learners to develop skills in the areas such as literacy, numeracy, ICT, employability, learning to learn and personal development; plus a range of taster units in different sector specific areas providing opportunities for learners to test out their abilities and personal preferences before selecting a chosen career or employment route.

Depending upon the level, units taught consist of:

  • Alcohol and drugs misuse
  • Basic Cooking
  • Basic Food preparation
  • Participating in leisure activities
  • Taking part in sport
  • Skills for shopping
  • Using the internet
  • Basic Food preparation and cooking
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Drug Awareness
  • Using cooking skills in a domestic kitchen
  • Food Safety and storage
  • Using kitchen equipment
  • Independent shopping for household items
  • Living in the community
  • Personal body hygiene awareness
  • Taking  part in exercise and fitness
  • Principles of the care of animals
  • Health and Hygiene in the home

Students will study towards the following qualifications based on their ability:

  • Gateway Entry Level 3 Award in Progression
  • Gateway Entry Level 3 Certificate in Progression
  • Gateway Level 1 Award in Progression
  • Gateway Level 1 Certificate in Progression
  • Gateway Level 1 Diploma in Progression