City & Guilds Entry Level Award and Certificate in Skills for Working Life


Students are taught in the vocational areas of Hospitality, Catering & Retail (Entry Level 3 only) and Land based plants (Floristry and some Horticulture units) at Entry Level 2 or 3.

These qualifications will help students to develop the personal and work-related skills that could enable them to progress into further learning or supported employment, or enhance their independent living skills.

Students complete units from the vocational areas plus units from the ‘preparing for work’ section.

Rules of combination are used to define the structure of the qualifications. The rules of combination specify the credits which must be achieved through a particular combination of units to gain a full qualification.

To achieve Entry Level Award, students must achieve a minimum of 6 credits. To achieve Entry Level Certificate students must achieve a minimum of 22 credits.

Students are assessed through observation of practical task or activities in a realistic working environment and on knowledge evidence using methods that are suitable for the individual. Evidence generated is kept in the student’s portfolio.

These vocational areas of work also provide opportunities for students to learn about enterprise.

  • Students run a Breakfast Bar and prepare and cook staff lunches
  • Flower arrangements are sold weekly and made to sell for celebratory events/special occasions
  • Home grown vegetables are sold


City & Guilds – Skills for working life – available units for 2-3 year cycle


4807-03 – Hospitality, catering & retail



Basic cooking


Basic food preparation


Serving food and drink to customers

368 Customer service in the hospitality industry 370 Handling stock in a retail environment


Keeping the work area clean, tidy and safe in a retail environment

Credit 2 2 2 2 3 3


Work safely

310 Enterprise activity


Healthy living


Personal presentation and hygiene

Credit 2 3 2 2 Total credits 23


4807-02- Land based plants

Unit 239 Recognise plants 240 Recognise and care for tools used in horticulture


Weed a planted area

244 Identify floristry plant material

245 Recognise use and care for hand tools used in floristry


Wrap flowers and plants

Credit 1 2 2 1 2 1


Prepare a container for a flower arrangement


Make a round posy


Workplace safety and emergency procedures

203 Identify hazards in familiar settings 204 Improve personal manner and conduct 206 Behaviour at work
Credit 2 3 1 2 2 1


Working as part of a group

Credit 2     Total credits 22


AQA Unit Awards are also available for students to complete.

  • AQA Unit Awards can be used as a stepping stone towards achieving a full qualification or
  • to accredit the work done by students who have not managed to complete enough units to gain the overall qualification.



Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

The ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is delivered in Newman School at Levels 1 and 2. It is a portfolio based qualification focusing upon the development and consolidation of both practical and theoretical skills that aim to develop the problem solving, communication, team working and independent working attributes of students. The course is delivered over a two years with students having to achieve twelve credits of work and complete six 'Plan, Do, Review' forms. Click here for more details about the C.o.P.E. qualification.


AQA Enterprise and Employability & Preparation for Working Life

The AQA Preparation for Working Life course is offered as both a 'short' and 'full' course where students can achieve either a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification. It is an inter-disciplinary course which covers aspects of careers, health, personal safety, employment opportunities, applying for jobs and personal finance. Preparation for Working Life is a practical course in which students learn skills such as how and where to find employment opportunities, how to apply for jobs and courses, and how to prepare for an interview. It contains both formal examinations and for the short course a coursework element.

The AQA Enterprise and Employability course is the second part of a two year cycle where again students can achieve either a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification. This course has a large coursework element centred around an enterprise activity (students have organised and delivered a range of enterprise projects both financial and social).The practical aspects of this course enable students to develop employability skills such as teamwork, communication, IT, problem-solving, Literacy and Numeracy skills. The enterprise activity makes sense of the knowledge and understanding of the course content by putting it in context.



16+ Enterprise


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