Steps to Education is a course aimed at students who have been working either at Entry Level 3 or Level 1 and want to progress to work, into vocational study, apprenticeships, further or higher education. It provides the opportunity to develop transferable skills for employment or education, IT and independent study skills, which are needed for further study in subject specific areas, whilst continuing to study English and maths.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

Entry requirements

For Level 1 you will need GCSEs at grade 1 or equivalent.

For Level 2 you will need to have previously studied at Level 1 or grade 3 or 2 GCSE (D/E) and be able to show some level of achievement at this level or equivalent or be able to demonstrate that level of learning.

What will I learn?

The course is intended to support students to develop:

Independence and fundamental employability skills

Independent study skills and learning to be part of a team

Enhance communication and organisational skills

Develop appropriate social interaction skills

You’ll also be able to study a vocation of your choice once a week, in areas such as sport, care, media, health and beauty, music or hospitality and catering.

Work Experience

You’ll do internal and external work experience within areas of interest either throughout the year OR during 1 week placements.


As part of the course, learners may study the following modules:

Employability skills
Organisational skills
Customer service


You’ll produce a portfolio of evidence which may include photographs and observation. The units are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Enrichment Opportunities

You’ll be able to take part in activities, both on and off the college site, like sports, trips and visits, and there are plenty of clubs in our enrichment programme that you can join.

Career and Progression

You’ll be able to progress to a Level 2 or Level 3 course in your chosen vocation.

You’ll also be able to go into employment or further training – traineeship, supported internship or apprenticeship.

What our students say

Last year I did a rap/grime set as part of a label launch at The Talking Heads which was a mind-blowing and memorable experience. At Totton College the course is fluid so you can really tailor your learning; I’ve been able to combine performance with music tech.

Tomas Miller

Level 3 Music student at Totton College

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