Preparing for Employment

14 Week Full Time Course


Course dates:

03/01/17- 07/04/17


24/04/17- 28/07/17

14 weeks/ Full-time course with a break for half term.

at Ruskin Hall Campus, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact Us:  01865 759798

On this full-time course you will learn the skills required to best prepare you for employment. The course includes a variety of units that together make up a Level 1 Award in Employability. 

Alongside this you will attend Functional Maths and English classes. Functional skills encompass a more practical application of Maths and English and are widely recognised by employers.

The course can be residential or non-residential.

The Preparing for Employment units of the course are accredited by AIM Awards.

The Functional Maths and English are accredited by City and Guilds. Both awarding bodies are regulated by OFQUAL.

Students need to attend all the classes and complete all the units described below:

The Level 1 Award is a 6 credit Aim qualification and consists of 4 units:

Working as a team

Customer care

Diversity in the workplace

Communication Skills

Oral presentation Skills

The Functional Maths consists of one unit:

Mathematics (at appropriate level for student)

The Functional English consists of three units:

Speaking and Listening (at appropriate level for student)

Reading (at appropriate level for student)

Writing (at appropriate level for student)

This is a full-time course run over 14 weeks(with a break for half term) and is designed to provide you with the skills needed to help you gain employment. This course will involve an attendance of around 14 hours of classes a week and additional time spent on independent self-directed study. You will be expected to work for at least 4 hours a week outside your taught hours.

The diverse range of teaching methods and assessment types allows students to develop a wide range of skills. You will experience tutor directed sessions, group discussion, paired work, online resources and tutorial support.  To increase accessibility, some materials are delivered online, allowing students the opportunity to study in their own time.

Members of staff involved with the delivery, teaching and assessment of the course have extensive experience teaching in their subject area.

Assessment for the Award is mainly coursework based.  For the Functional Maths there is 1 formal timed assessment.  For the Functional English there are 3 formal timed assessments (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Any applicant should be aware that they will need excellent attendance throughout in order to meet the pace and requirements of the course.

On successful completion and achievement of the course you will receive an AIM Awards Level 1 Award and City and Guilds certificates in Functional Maths and English at the level that you are working at.

This course will be:

Free for group A students

£150 for group B students

£150 for group C students

Group A students

Students receiving:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) including those receiving national insurance credits only;
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in a work-related activity group (WRAG);
  • Universal Credit and earning less than £330 per month and are in one of the following groups – All Work-Related Requirements Group, Work Preparation Group or Work-Focused Interview Group;
  • Other state benefits and earning less than £330 per month;


Or you are unemployed or employed and wish to progress to more stable employment, are earning less than £330 per month and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects.

Or you are 19-23 and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

Group B students

You are 19-23 and already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are 24 or older and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are not on benefits but are dependent on someone in receipt of benefits.

Group C students

All other students

All fees include tuition, learning resources/materials, accommodation and meals, except where specified. If you have genuine difficulty paying the fees then we may be able to help - please contact 01865 759798 or email


Ordinarily you will need to be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been resident in a country within the EEA for 3 years, excluding Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  However, if you are a refugee or asylum seeker, please get in touch as you may be eligible for funding.


If your household income is less than £30,994 we may be able to provide support with childcare costs with a registered childminder whilst you attend the course.  Please ring 01865 759798 for more information.

Additional Learning Support

If you need additional support to help you study, please let us know. We can plan a programme of support for you to enable you to study successfully.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

There are no academic requirements for entry to the course, but you will need to attend an interview and complete a Maths and English assessment.

To apply for any of these courses please click Apply Now and we will get in touch. Alternatively you can ring the Further Education office on 01865 759798. You can also email us at

“Thanks to Ruskin a door has opened to a bright future”

“The course has given me the skills and confidence I need to seek employment”

“Ruskin College has afforded me all the opportunities to improve my personal growth and development as well as practical skills that will help me in my job”

“All the tutors were so patient and helpful- we were all so supported”

This course can help prepare students for almost any line of employment. 

The functional skills qualifications are widely recognised by employers and appreciated for their focus on applying skills learned to the real life situations found in employment.

The course is designed to boost all core skills and can be particularly useful in applying for jobs involving administration work and cash handling and good core IT skills.

The course can help with jobs that require good grounding in literacy and numeracy such as teaching assistant.  The course can build confidence in direct dealings with people that can help in applying for jobs in customer service and also getting through the interview process.

This course could help you progress to further study opportunities or further your career aspirations.