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Life skills

Arden College offers a range of English Speaking Board (ESB) qualifications, designed to develop life and work skills in practical, enjoyable and interactive communication contexts. The qualifications provide opportunities for individual research and choice, supporting language across the curriculum, building confidence, authority and self-esteem in the process.

The college offers students the opportunities to complete Entry Level 1 & 2 Personal Progress and Life Skills awards. This offers students the opportunity to promote independent living skills and confidence, helping progress towards literacy, numeracy, ICT and vocational qualifications.

Arden College offers a range of vocational programmes and opportunities for all learners. The provision incudes:

  • Horticulture
  • Conservation
  • Hairdressing
  • Catering

The range of accredited programmes includes:

  • Introduction to horticulture - Entry level 3
  • Introduction to hair and beauty
  • Food studies - Entry levels 1 and 2

These programmes can be supported by access to employability, work skills and an introduction to the retail sector.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme is designed to encourage personal discovery, self-reliance, belief, commitment, responsibility and service to the community. Learners develop a sense of achievement that comes from experiencing new activities, addressing personal goals, targets and development. The college supports learners to access Bronze and Silver Awards, each with four sections:

  • Volunteering
  • Skill
  • Physical recreation
  • Expedition

The college works alongside Sefton Youth Services and The National Trust who help learners complete their volunteering section in the community. Maintenance work includes:

  • Sand dune restoration
  • Erosion prevention work
  • Repairing fences
  • Litter picking and general duties where appropriate