Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

College is still accepting online applications for courses starting in September 2020.


Interviews are cancelled to help to limit social contact during this time.

Instead, you will be invited to a college welcome event to meet the tutors before the start of the course. If you do not meet the entry criteria you will have the opportunity to discuss an alternative programme during this event.

Is this course right for me?

These courses will give learners the confidence to be more independent and enable them to gain skills to access the world of work, or to access further vocational courses within the college. 

These courses are aimed at school leavers who wish to further develop their numeracy and literacy skills. Learners will need to be working at least at E2 and above in Literacy and Numeracy, attend a successful interview or taster course to make sure the course is right for them, and be able to access college independently.

Entry requirements:

No formal entry requirements. Working at Entry 2 - Entry 3

Offer of a place on the course is subject to successful attendance on a personalised transition event.

Progressing learners: Completion of programme of learning and working at Entry 3. In non-accredited learning programmes you will complete a literacy and numeracy assessment for RARPA. In addition to this an observational assessment will take place during a transition event which will help to agree appropriate targets. 

Literacy/Numeracy: West E2/E3 Literacy and Numeracy


The programme is delivered through a mix of practical and classroom-based activities that promote learners’ independence, choice and decision making, confidence and social skills. Learners will be taught in small groups.


After setting and agreeing individual targets, learners may be assessed through a variety of methods which meet their individual learning needs. Learners may complete a formal qualification where appropriate.


Paid or voluntary employment in the local area, work opportunities within the community, further learning opportunities and other training opportunities, if appropriate.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Dolgellau

    Develops the learners to enable them: 

    • to try out a variety of vocational taster courses
    • to improve living skills, self-confidence and motivational skills.
    • to gain work experience that is related to personal skills and interests.
    • To help them decide on, and plan future career goals.
  • Glynllifon

    Develops the learners’: 

    • Personal, social and emotional needs
    • Self-confidence and motivation skills
    • Plans for future career goals


    • Educational visits
    • Life Skills
    • Work Experience
    • Vocational tasters
  • Llangefni


    • Learners' personal, social and emotional needs
    • Self-confidence and motivation skills
    • Plans for future career goals


    • Vocational tasters
    • Educational visits
    • Life Skills
    • Work Experience
  • Rhos-on-Sea


    • Group work skills and team building skills on Foundation 1 and 2 courses with community projects 
    • Group Work Experience placements 

    The Step Up to Work course is a supported employment programme that follows on from the Foundation pathway. This course enables learners to develop skills for the workplace that eventually leads to a variety of employment opportunities. Step Up to Work courses are one day in college and two days work experience.

    Foundation A and Foundation B learners also undertake practical sport or outdoor learning sessions, and practical life skills and cookery skills in our purpose- built flat at Canolfan Marl.

    WorkSkills programmes are undertaken as initial group work experience placements and, when appropriate to learner needs, there is a move towards independent work placements. These focus on the areas of retail, sport, catering and hospitality.

    Foundation A and B learners also undertake sessions of Practical Sport, Practical Cookery and Practical Life Skills in our purpose-built flat.