ADULT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

St Vincent College is proud to serve its community and offer a wide range of vocational and community learning courses aimed at adults living in Gosport and the surrounding areas. 

Adult learners are welcomed into full-time, day, evening and online classes by students and tutors alike. Whether you would like to get back into education, retrain in a new vocation, improve your job prospects, or to simply try something new, we have a qualified and experienced team, who will support you to achieve your educational goals and aspirations.

Courses begin and run throughout the year, so it’s never too late to start your next chapter with us.

All vocational and community learning courses are now located in the north-side of our campus within the Adult Community College building overlooking Portsmouth Harbour.

We offer a wide variety of low cost Community Courses which are heavily subsidised* to ensure they remain accessible for everyone.Funding** is also available to eligible students studying our Vocational or Online qualifications.

*For further details, please see our Pound Plus Policy.

**For further details, please see Funding Information

*For further details, please see our Pound Plus Policy.
**For further details, please see Funding Information

Vocational Learning/Work Based Learning (NVQ) Funding Information

Students could be eligible to be fully funded/free for a vocational Level 2 qualification. Please speak us to find out if you will be fully funded.

Vocational Level 3 qualifications could be fully funded/free through the National Skills Fund (NSF). Adults aged 19 and over, who is yet to achieve a level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels) or higher, can access fully funded level 3 courses.

This offer is part of the government’s plan to support adults back into sustainable employment, or to further enhance their career goals and aspirations. This ensures the country have fully qualified, professional staff within chosen sectors and vocations. This initiative takes away the barriers some adults face when trying to access education, training, and employment, removing constraints and financial barriers for adults looking for their first level 3 qualification so that they can access training to enable them to progress.

Courses we are offering via St Vincent College National Skills Fund are,

  • Adult Care
  • Early Years Educator
  • Support Teaching and Learning in Schools 
  • Training, Assessment, and Quality Assurance

19 to 23 year olds can also access additional courses for free through the college’s 19-23 funding streams. 

For anyone who is not eligible for the NSF for Level 3 Qualifications, there is the opportunity for students to take a student loan. Please speak us to find out if you can be fully funded.

VOCATIONAL LEARNING / WORKED BASED LEARNING (NVQ)

Some of our qualifications offer classes, depending on the qualification and level undertaken. Learners will be interviewed prior to enrolment to ensure they are in the correct job role/have the appropriate work placement and/or that they have the appropriate experience. 

We have a variety of qualifications on offer; the occupational areas we deliver in are:

EARLY YEARS

VOCATIONAL LEARNING (NVQ)

These qualifications are aimed at learners who wish to become Early Years Practitioners and is designed for those who work or want to work in a Nursery or Pre-School setting or become a childminder.

Learners will learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the Early Years sector. The course will include the learning of: babies, toddlers and young children, from birth to 5 years and from conception to 7.

You will need to be working in an Early Years setting, employed or voluntary.

Level 2 (Certificate)

This qualification is designed for learners who want to develop a career as a childcare practitioner, childminder, youth worker or nursery nurse. You’ll need to be working or volunteering in a child care role – but other than that, these qualifications are suitable for anyone starting their first child care job or already working within a childcare centre. Level 2 will suit you if you work, or are about to work, in a supporting role as a nursery assistant, Crèche worker or special educational needs assistant. You want to work with children, but you’ll generally work under supervision.

Course Length: 12 – 18 months

Level 3 (Diploma)

This qualification is aimed at learners who wish to become Early Years Educators and is designed for those who work or want to work in a Nursery or Pre-School setting or become a childminder.

Learners will learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the Early Years sector. The course will include the learning of: babies, toddlers and young children, from birth to 5 years and from conception to 7.

Learners interested in the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) will be required to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of early years education and care, including that they can support and promote children’s early education and development, plan and provide effective care, teaching and learning that enables children to progress and prepares them for school, make accurate and productive use of assessment, develop effective and informed practice, safeguard and promote the health, safety and welfare of children, work in partnership with the key person, colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals.

The requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators to hold an approved English and mathematics qualification has been broadened to include other suitable level 2 qualifications, including Functional Skills. This means that GCSEs are not the only qualifications which will be recognised as meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) requirement to count in staff: child ratios and be recognised as Early Years Educators in the workplace

Course Length: 2 Years

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EARLY YEARS COMMUNITY COURSES

Not quite ready to study a fully-accredited course? Why not try out our short taster courses which will introduce you to the fundamentals of child care. 

Upon completion you will have the option to progress onto a work-based NVQ and further enhance your knowlege and understanding within the child care sector. 

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

SUPPORTING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCHOOLS

VOCATIONAL LEARNING (NVQ)

The Support Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS) qualifications are designed for anyone involved in or wanting to work within a school setting and would like to gain the necessary qualification to become a Teaching Assistant/ LSA. There are a suite of qualifications which measure the knowledge and skills required to meet the support needs of primary, secondary, college and special needs schools. 

Achieving one of the qualifications demonstrates an individual’s ability relating to pupil welfare, care, behaviour and learning. The qualifications are suitable for those already working as learning support staff in schools and colleges and also anyone who is looking to work in education. You will need to be working within a school or college setting: employed or voluntary 

Level 2 & 3 (Award/Certificate/Diploma)

The Support Teaching and Learning in Schools (STLS) qualifications are designed for anyone involved in or wanting to work within a school setting and would like to gain the necessary qualification to become a Teaching Assistant/LSA. There are a suite of qualifications which measure the knowledge and skills required to meet the support needs of primary, secondary and special needs schools. Achieving one of the qualifications demonstrates an individual’s ability relating to pupil welfare, care, behaviour and learning. The qualifications are suitable for those already working as learning support staff in schools and also anyone who is looking to work in schools. You will need to be working within a school setting employed or voluntary.

Course Length: 12 – 15 months

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SUPPORTING TEACHING COMMUNITY COURSES

Not quite ready to study a fully-accredited course? Why not try out our short taster courses which will introduce you to the fundamentals of teaching and learning from reception age to secondary school education. 

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

ADULT CARE

VOCATIONAL LEARNING (NVQ)

Would you like to develop your knowledge and understanding working in Health and Social Care or Childcare? 

These courses are a stepping stone to a career in the care industry with the opportunity to progress through each level whilst you work. You will also share experiences in study groups and meet new people. 

The Care qualifications are designed for anyone involved in or wanting to work within the Care industry and wanting to gain the necessary qualification to become a Carer. These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a wide range of health or social care settings. You will need to be working within a care setting and be in an employed or voluntary position. You are required to work within a paid or voluntary position within this sector. 

Level 1 (Award/Certificate/Diploma)

These qualifications are for learners who work or want to develop skills and knowledge required for working in a care or child care sector. They allow candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in the care sector. This level is ideal if you’re hoping for a career in care, childcare or are newly in post. It covers the basic knowledge that you will need and that you can build on.

The Level 1 qualifications are knowledge qualifications that can be used as an introduction to working in adult care or with children and young people. The qualifications cover a variety of areas, including: equality, diversity and inclusion; introduction to the role of a social care worker; health and safety; and awareness of safeguarding and duty of care.

Course Length: 10 months

Level 2, 3 & 4 (Certificate/Diploma)

Level 2 & 3:

These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to care for others in a wide range of care settings.

Level 2 will suit you if you are a care worker or want to get your first care job. If you’re already working in care, you probably work mainly under supervision. You want to increase your skills and take on more responsibility.

Level 3 is ideal if you’re a care worker, and you have some responsibility in your workplace. You sometimes work without supervision. You want to develop or demonstrate your skills, perhaps to become a senior care worker.

A Diploma in Care is flexible to suit many fields in the care sector.

Course Length: 12 – 18 months (depending on level)

Level 4:

This qualification is for those who have completed a Level 3 Diploma and are in a role where workers have key responsibilities for delivery of care and support and/or a level of supervisory responsibility for others, such as; Lead Adult Care Worker, Senior Care Assistant and Team Leaders. The Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care is specifically designed for Care Coordinator and Senior Carers in a supervisory position who are in Adult Care and may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. 

This qualification enables learners to demonstrate and develop their skills and knowledge. The student will be required to be in a senior role, delegate work and responsibility, be responsible for staff/team and supervise staff.

Course Length: 18 Months – 2 Years

Level 5 (Diploma)

This is a management qualification. This qualification shows that you have the skills needed to keep a care-provision organisation running smoothly. With the Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services, this qualification gives you the opportunity to build both your managerial care skills, allowing you to support the care provision and support clients and colleagues. It also fulfils the regulatory requirement for those looking to become managers of children’s homes or adult residential and domiciliary services.

You might be an assistant or deputy manager, or a manager who has not yet achieved a recognised vocational qualification at this level.

Course Length: 2 Years

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

ADVICE AND GUIDANCE SUPPORT

VOCATIONAL LEARNING (NVQ)

The Information, Advice and Guidance qualifications are designed for those working with clients in organisations providing advice and guidance services, on a professional or voluntary basis. You could be working in careers guidance, for a trade union, in a school, in housing, human resources or in a Health & Social Care sector. 

These qualifications are for those working with clients in organisations providing advice and guidance support, on a professional or voluntary basis. The qualifications are for individuals that provide advice and guidance in a professional or voluntary role. You could be working in careers guidance or as a careers advisor, providing advice within educational institutions, counselling or Citizens Advice.

Level 3 is ideal if your role involves providing advice and guidance directly to clients, reporting to line management as well as associated services. You may also supervise and support other staff members.

Level 4 is ideal if your role involves providing specialist advice and guidance to clients, reporting to senior management and networking with associated services.

Course Length: 12 – 15 months (depending on level)

EDUCATION IN TRAINING

VOCATIONAL LEARNING (NVQ)

These qualifications are for those who work, or want to work as teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector, including those who are not in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role, and include Award-size qualifications for those who want a short qualification to enable them to make career choices. 

Level 3

Students are required to have evidence of level 3 vocational skills for the area in which they will teach/train if they are to progress into teaching in the further education and skills sector. The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is a knowledge-based introduction to teaching and/or training which has no teaching/training practice requirement. Therefore it may be undertaken by Students who are not in a teaching role.

 

Course Length: 6-12 months

Level 4

The Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training is a first stage teaching qualification that will give Students a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/trainer in relation to legislation, equality, diversity, inclusivity and meeting the needs of learners. It includes the use of initial and diagnostic assessments and requires Students to plan and deliver inclusive teaching and learning, carry out assessments of and for learning and use resources effectively. All Students must have access to 30 hours of teaching. This qualification is also suitable for those delivering education and training in any learning environment.

Course Length: 12-15 months

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

VOCATIONAL LEARNING (NVQ)

Business and Administration qualifications for people who want to work, or already work in administrative support roles or would like to improve their administrative/supervisory skills. These qualifications are flexible and can be tailored to individual learners’ and employers’ needs – no matter what industry you are in. 

Level 1

At Level 1 you will learn how to carry out every day administrative tasks.

Level 1 Business Administration will suit you if you are just starting out and want to learn how to carry out basic administrative tasks. You need everyday skills, including handling mail and working and communicating with others.
This qualification is for learners who work or want to work in an administrative support role. It covers essential skills and knowledge related to working in a business environment which can be transferred to any type of organisation and industry. The learner will learn how to follow work procedures and carry out routine administrative tasks such as handling mail and filing. There are opportunities to build on skills and provide the learner with broader opportunities to develop wider skills such as using e-mail and word processing.

Course Length: 6 – 15 months (depending on award)

The qualifications in Business and Administration are for people who want to work, or already work in administrative support roles either within a public or private sector organisation, or people who would like to improve their administrative/ supervisory skills. You will need to be working within a business administration setting employed or voluntary

Level 2 will help you gain practical know-how in providing routine and more complex administrative support. At Levels 3 and 4, you can build on your achievements to gain greater technical and managerial skills, as well as supervising others and contributing to the wider strategy of your organisation or department.

Level 2
Level 2 is suitable if are in a junior role and want to develop your skills to become a future team leader or business manager. You need practical knowledge of more complex administrative support, perhaps supporting meetings and events or retrieving information.

Level 3
Level 3 is suitable if you have some knowledge and experience of administration systems. You want to develop your skills to implement and monitor administrative procedures and systems, perhaps to move into a management role.

Level 4
Level 4 is suitable if you deliver administrative support services and contribute at a strategic level. You may lead or manage a team, or want to move in to that role. You need a range of administrative and management skills such as budget management and promoting innovation.

Course Length: 12 – 15 months (depending on level)

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BUSINESS COMMUNITY COURSES

Upon completion you will have the option to progress onto a work-based NVQ and further enhance your knowledge and understanding within the business and administration sector. 

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

CUSTOMER SERVICE

VOCATIONAL LEARNING (NVQ)

The Customer Services qualification will give you a basic knowledge and understanding when dealing with customers in any environment. It will help those who wish to work or those already working in a customer facing role to learn about, adopt and maintain behaviours and language appropriate to the provision of good customer service. 

Level 1 (Certificate)

The level 1 Certificate in Customer Service qualification aims to give a basic knowledge, understanding and experience of dealing with customers in any environment or to recognise existing good practice. It will help those in a customer facing role to adopt and maintain behaviours and language appropriate to the provision of good customer service. The learner may go on to a customer facing role in any industry or job role or use their skills to support the service needs of a team.

Level 1 will suit you if you are new to customer service, and are looking to gain basic knowledge, understanding and experience of dealing with customers.

This qualification can help you get ahead in almost any industry, as good customer-service skills are essential for many jobs.

Those looking to start a customer-service focused career may want to take this qualification to help build skills while you gain valuable work experience.

Course Length: 11 months

Level 3 (Diploma)

The Level 3 Customer Service qualification is ideal for those who take pride in having to deal with people. You might be entering or re-entering employment, or working in a customer service delivery role in any industry.

Achieving this qualification provides employers with recognition of your ability within Customer Service environments. Having great customer service skills can help you move up in your career, no matter what area you’re working in.

This qualification covers the elements of how to deliver an excellence customer experience and will equip you with the necessary skills to work and support customer service delivery.

Some of the areas that can be covered within this qualification are: organise and deliver customer service, understand the customer service environment, understand customers and customer retention, resolve customers’ problems, principles of business and manage personal and professional development.

Course Length: 12 – 15 months

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CUSTOMER SERVICE COMMUNITY COURSES

Not quite ready to study a fully-accredited course? Why not try out our short taster courses which will introduce you to customer service.

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

FIRST AID COURSES

ACCREDITED

We offer a range of courses from introductory to accredited, delivered by our dedicated teaching team lead by Ex RN instructor Eddie Seaborne, MBE MSM. We can provide our First Aid courses in a number of ways. Most courses are delivered at St Vincent College; however, if you would like us to deliver this training at your workplace we can do so. 

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FIRST AID COMMUNITY COURSES

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

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MATHS AND ENGLISH COMMUNITY COURSES

Would you like to enhance your current English or Mathematics skills? Whether this be to support your children with their home learning, give you the confidence to get back into education, or simply for a refresher, these introductionary courses cover the essentials. 

Upon completion you will have the option to progress to a fully accredited English or Maths Functional Skills, or GCSE course. 

Mathematics

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

Health and Wellbeing
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HEALTH AND WELLBEING COMMUNITY COURSES

Would you like to understand ways you can boost your mental health, wellbeing and self-esteem? These courses are designed to equip you with the tools to do just that! 

Health, wellbeing, self-confidence and self-esteem are important to our everyday life. 

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

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LANGUAGES COMMUNITY COURSES

The aim of these courses are to provide some basic language tips in a relaxed workshop setting. They are suitable for adults who want to learn some essential words in Spanish, French or Italian.

Each course will cover the basics on pronunciation and how to learn some important phrases. 

Languages

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

Music
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GUITAR COMMUNITY COURSES

Have you ever wanted to learn guitar but don’t know where to start, or would you like to expand your knowledge of the guitar and range? These courses have you covered. 

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

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ESOL ENGLISH COMMUNITY COURSES

The aim of these courses are to provide some basic language tips in a relaxed workshop setting. They are suitable for adults who want to learn some essential words in Spanish, French or Italian.

Each course will cover the basics on pronunciation and how to learn some important phrases. 

ESOL English

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

Computers
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COMPUTER COMMUNITY COURSES

Do you feel that there is so much to learn about computers, tablets, the internet and computer processing suites? Would you like to improve your computer skills and enhance your knowledge and understanding of computer packages? These courses are designed to acquaint you with a whole array of platforms and topics. 

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

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HOBBIES AND INTERESTS COMMUNITY COURSES

Many of our courses are designed to teach you useful skills, allow you to engage with your community and, ultimately, be enjoyable. Our courses can also be a great way to develop a hobby, get together with friends, or make new ones. 

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

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ONLINE / DISTANCE LEARNING

Online Courses

All the time more people are connecting through the internet and exploring new ways of learning. Online or distance learning can support educational needs and support achievement in gaining qualifications without attending College.

To enrol on an online/distance Learning course, Students need internet connection, time to complete the course, research and learn and be committed to the programme.

Students can log on to their online course at any time of the day. Learning and completion of the course is all in the students own time (your schedule is your own)

Online courses are a way of supporting education or gaining qualifications that doesn’t require physical attendance at College. There are many reasons why a student may not want or be able to attend college. Students may have work/shift pattern commitments, care for a family member or have other responsibilities that prevent them from attending College. Online learning will suit different people for different reasons.

Studying online courses encourages and supports lifelong learning. Students can start learning and enrol at any time. Students might want to improve the skills they already have or start from scratch in a completely different field perhaps.

All students will be fully supported with their course. All students will be allocated an Assessor, who willwork with them on a one to one basis. Regular contact is provided to support students through theirqualification.

All of the same online courses that are offered at St Vincent College, can also be completed portfolio based (not online). A portfolio based qualification can only be undertaken, if students wish to attend college and have face to face and 1-1 support with their allocated assessor.

For more information on any of these courses please contact us by phone or email: 02392 603 606 / acc@stvincent.ac.uk

HOW TO APPLY

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By phone, with credit/debit card.

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By post, with payment & application form.

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In person, at the College Reception.

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Need any further advice?

Please phone us on 02392 603 606 or via email acc@stvincent.ac.uk

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