Skills for Life and Employment

The Skills for Life and Employment department at Eccles Sixth Form College offers a range of pre-entry, entry and level one courses for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.



Our courses are specifically designed to develop the skills and knowledge that you will need for life, further study and future employment. You will work with specialist teachers and have in-class support from an Educational Support Assistant, who will help you develop to your full potential. Your timetable will also include maths and English lessons at an appropriate level to ensure you develop all of the skills needed to progress in education or employment. We have a range of pathways, courses and qualifications that enable students to be placed on a programme of study that bests suits their individual needs.


Lessons are designed to be as varied as possible and focus on skills development. You may study topics such as independent living, employability skills, animal care, music, sport and leisure, health and social care, business and enterprise, horticulture and many more as part of your course. You will be assessed on your performance in a range of activities throughout the year, which include practical tasks, discussions, trips, work-related activities and written work. You will have the opportunity to take part a variety of enrichment activities, which are a fun way of developing your skills and confidence.




  • Practical tasks in and outside of the classroom
  • Group discussions
  • Trips and visits
  • Work related activity
  • Written tasks






As you work through your course, you will have the opportunity to discuss your options for the future with your teachers and support staff, other relevant professionals and support agencies. Completing your course will enable you to progress to the next level, which may include access courses in specific Vocational areas, applying for a supported internship, apprenticeship, or paid employment. You will be supported to ensure that you develop all of the skills and knowledge required in order for you to progress onto further study or the world of work.



Our range of courses include two supported internships. Students have lessons and complete work placements at Salford Royal Foundation Trust, University of Salford. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop employability skills in real-life settings and many of them have gained paid employment due to their performance on our supported internships. Supported internships are open to students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who are ready to progress towards employment.

For more information about our Skills for Life courses, please contact our Admissions Team on 0161 631 5050 or our Skills for Life Team on 0161 631 5142.