York College

The Pathways course is ideal for students working at Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3 and Level 1 who may require a personalised approach to learning designed to meet their individual needs.

The programme is supported with a high ratio of staff to students and is delivered through a combination of theory, practical sessions, visits, speakers and work placements.

Each individual course lasts one year, and students may be entered for Entry 2, Entry 3 or Level 1 at the start of their time at college, depending on ability and prior achievements. The course is designed to be flexible and most students spend one or two years in Pathways.

Entry requirements

If you apply for Pathways, you will attend a guidance discussion where we hope to find out about you as a learner and give you a chance to ask any questions you may have about the course. This also allows everyone involved in the process to determine if this is a suitable choice of course for you and parents/carers/support workers are welcome to attend the interview with you should you wish to bring them along.
In order to benefit from this programme fully, we advise that you apply if you are currently working at Entry Level 1 as a minimum, as the work is aimed at Entry Level 2 and above.

What will I study?

Students study a range of units to develop skills that prepare them for both work and living independently. The following units are an example of what might be covered over the course of a year:

  • Effective Communication
  • Preparing for Work Placement
  • Healthy Living
  • Working as a Team
  • Searching and Applying for a Job
  • Personal Finance
  • Enterprise
  • Community Project
  • Planning and Making a Journey

We focus on helping students to prepare for adult life and also developing the skills and confidence to achieve progression to other courses, supported internships and work.

The programme also encourages students to develop personal, social and communication skills, offering an excellent opportunity to belong to a small, supportive group of students within the context of the wider college setting.

As part of the Pathways course, all students study English and Maths at a level suitable for their needs. Most students begin studying Functional Skills Maths and English. However, progression to GCSE Maths and English is available and Pathways students join groups from the wider college setting to access this.

Students will also undertake a work placement on one day a week for a term of the course. This can be either supported 1:1 or undertaken with some support from staff who visit students regularly.

What could it lead to?

Past students have progressed on to:

  • The next level within the Pathways programme
  • A bespoke programme offering a ‘stepping stone’ to the Vocational programmes whilst continuing to access Pathways for Maths, English and some core modules. 
  • Entry Level or Level 1 Vocational programmes
  • Open/supported employment

Learning in small classes with a higher level of support may help you to:

  • Develop study skills that will allow you to succeed on future courses
  • Increase your employability skills
  • Work on independent living skills
  • Improve communication skills
  • Decide on next steps and goals for your future

Please contact Admissions on 01904 770397 to discuss the programme.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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