Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Certificate in Employability Skills

Course Code



1 Year

Entry Requirements

Students need to meet an assessment criteria in order to access the provision although individual needs are always considered and decisions are made on a case by case basis.

Future Study and Careers

The course will prepare you for mainstream college education or employment.

What you need to know


Springboard is for you if you are aged 16-24 and have been diagnosed with/have traits of an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and associated emotional, behavioural and mental health needs.

You may also have low confidence or self-esteem, social anxiety or have underachieved or missed time at school – and you may have a learning difficulty in one area but a high ability in others.

Springboard is a full-time course that will provide you with the support, knowledge, skills and confidence you need to become more independent, make informed decisions and to progress to employment.


The course is delivered in self-contained teaching centres in Letchworth and Watford.

Covering the following areas:

  • Personal and social development. To help you gain more self-confidence and feel more comfortable with other people. It covers:
    • Social communication skills
    • Developing and maintaining positive relationships
    • Sexual health
    • Team-working
    • Physical and emotional health
    • Staying safe on the internet
    • Making informed choices and decisions
  • Independence. Aiming to prepare you for life as an independent young adult. You’ll be supported to:
    • Travel on public transport independently
    • Understand risks and stay safe
    • Use facilities and services in the community
    • Manage your money
    • Take care of your appearance and personal hygiene
    • Use self-help strategies in the classroom
    • Develop effective independent study skills
  • Qualifications. You will study for a qualification in employability skills at Level 1 or Level 2. You will have the chance to improve your Functional Skills in maths and English at Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2.
  • Employability and work experience. You will learn employability skills including
    • Positive attitudes and behaviours in the workplace
    • Working in a team
    • Searching for a job
    • Producing a CV
    • Applying for a job
    • Interview skills
    • Enterprise
  • Citizenship. You will take part in a range of activities to help you become a responsible adult covering issues such as equality and diversity, helping in the community and beliefs and values.
  • Enrichment. You will take part in activities to support your personal development and experience different aspects of life.
  • Dramatherapy and specialist mentoring


Springboard Letchworth Campus