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Short Courses

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Designed to suit learner needs, 10-60 hours of learning.Short Courses are widely used in formal and non-formal settings by 13-19 year olds, as well as by adults and younger learners where appropriate. Because they are multi-level, the focus is on completing challenges and skills development according to individual ability, rather than attainment at a specific level.

Choose from the following: Core Subjects, Vocational Tasters, Personal and Social Development, Work Related, Sports and Activities, Informal.  

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Accelerating Progress courses in English and Maths have been designed to support students in the new, tougher GCSEs. They have a special focus on helping learners gain a four or a five.

Students complete engaging challenges, collect evidence of their work and identify skills development. 

Each learner will require their own registration to access the Accelerating Progress e-portfolio system. This allows learners to input their completed challenges and upload their evidence for tutors to sign off online.

The course has been designed to support learners in Years 10 and 11 in England and Wales.

It can also be used to support post-16 students undertaking GCSE resits in English. The course lends itself to the more independent learning undertaken by post-16 students, who can log into the e-platform whenever they want and work through the course at their own time and pace. It encourages learners to take control of their own workload, which is an important skill to develop in education and the workplace.

If desired, these courses can also be used in Years 8 and 9 to explore the more challenging aspects of the specification before starting their GCSEs.

How can it be delivered?

This flexible course can be delivered in a variety of different ways, including during after-school intervention sessions and for students retaking their English GCSE in Years 12 and 13. 

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Key Steps

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Key Steps is a comprehensive programme of activities in a range of topic areas covering Citizenship, PSHE, Environment Education, Personal Finance Education, Enterprise and Internationalism. The flexibility and range of Key Steps means that it can be followed for up to three years or for less than one year.

Key Steps can now be completed online through our e-portfolio system.

The activities are aimed at the 10–14 age group and can be used in schools, youth or training centres and alternative education. They are presented in the form of personal challenges and encourage students to develop their personal skills and take responsibility for their own learning.Learners complete challenges and collate the work they produce in a portfolio of evidence, along with their student book and recording documents. The Key Steps learner guide shows what learners need to do to complete the programme.

Students must complete 30 hours of challenges to achieve each certificate. Students may achieve up to three certificates.

Modules to choose from include:Community, identity, health, citizenship, environment, personal finance, enterprise, values, international.

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Work skills online provides web-based multiple-choice assessments to help learners get ready for further learning, training or employment. These assessments, designed around real world scenarios, offer a practical way of developing and demonstrating the important knowledge, understanding and skills needed for the workplace.

Each diagnostic test features a series of questions based on the vital skills all learners require, whether they are engaged in an apprenticeship, studying full-time, preparing for the workplace or needing to refresh their English and maths knowledge.After each completed assessment learners will be issued with a certificate showing their result.

Work skills Online is ideal for learners aged 13+ who are preparing for further learning, training or employment. The assessments are pitched at Levels 1 and 2, which caters for a range of abilities and allows learners to demonstrate progression.


Literacy: Choose from 40 assessments covering topics such as:

reading critically to evaluate information

identifying the purpose of a text and inferring meaning

using correct grammar

using punctuation accurately

Numeracy: Choose from 40 assessments covering topics such as:

adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing by efficient methods

using decimals and percentages

using data and statistical measures

extracting information from tables, diagrams, charts and line graphs

Health and Safety: Choose from eight assessments covering topics such as:

PPE and safety signs

manual handling

risk management

Food Safety and Hygiene: Choose from four assessments covering topics such as:

food poisoning

personal hygiene

food hygiene and the law


Administrators will be able to view a series of reports showing useful data about learners’ completed assessments. This includes information on the time spent per answer, the number of questions attempted and how well learners performed in each skill area.

This data can also be analysed for individual learners, meaning that you can personalise learning by focusing on developing their skills in a particular area and then tracking progression over subsequent assessments.

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Stepping Stones

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Stepping Stones is a 20–30 hour PSHE/citizenship-based programme with an accredited outcome. Children develop their skills through a series of challenges. Stepping Stones is linked to: the PSHE and citizenship curriculum; social and emotional aspects of learning; enrichment; and personal skill development.Stepping Stones is aimed at 7–12 year olds. It can be run in schools – KS2/Transition/KS3; with youth groups and interest groups; on residential courses; in training settings – anywhere!

A wide range of activities can be used towards the award, which makes it very versatile. Any work or activities carried out in Citizenship, PSHE, Personal Wellbeing, Enterprise, Personal Finance, Environment, International Links or Trips and Visits can be accredited with a Stepping Stones Award certificate.

The skills young people will develop are: communicating; investigating; presenting; using multimedia; researching; independence; working with others; solving problems; perseverance; confidence; respecting others; collecting evidence; planning and reviewing; looking after yourself; budgeting; leadership.