Our Curriculum Offer (under edit)

Curriculum Intent for Provision Type:

  • Classroom Based Accredited Learning (CBL). The purpose of this provision is to enhance skills and increase employability.
  • Community Learning (CL). The purpose of this provision is to engage individuals for personal development and enjoyment.  It is learning to build skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Community Learning Mental Health (CLMH). The purpose of this provision is to develop individuals through learning in order to improve mental health, resilience and wellness.
  • Family Learning (FL). The purpose of this provision is to support families by promoting and developing family learning, positive parenting and increasing parental engagement.
  • High Needs Learning (HNL). The purpose of this provision is to prepare young people with high needs for adult life in the local community and ultimately develop their independence.

Curriculum Clusters:

Education and Health Related

Our extensive Education and Health Related services provision is highly responsive to local and regional demand. Provision is flexible and on-demand courses can be negotiated. For example, the Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems continues to support the Government's 'No Health Without Mental Health' strategy and also increases local awareness of mental health conditions. We provide Counselling courses up to practising counsellor level which can lead to employment in areas of counselling such as: bereavement, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health. The Service can provide, on request, specialised training to professional Counsellors who wish to extend their current range of expertise. To enhance employability opportunities we provide a 4 hour Level 2 qualification in Basic Life Support for Adults and Children.

We also offer Mentoring courses and a Level 2 course in Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse for those who are actively working in these fields. Our Early Years, Teacher Training and Classroom Support courses are well established and very popular. These courses provide excellent opportunities for people to gain employment in the education and childcare sectors. Some learners who completed our Education and Training course are now valued members of our teaching staff.

We also offer an accredited Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care course to support those wishing to enter the adult care sector.

All courses provide excellent opportunities for learner promotion at work, progression onto further learning and/or into employment.

Essential and Digital Skills for Life and Work

Courses in this cluster meet employers' training needs and provide those who are unemployed with invaluable employability skills. Functional Skills ICT qualifications up to Level 2 provide learners with a good knowledge of computing. Photography and Photoshop courses develop learners digital creativity skills which can lead to careers in the photographic industry, web design or graphical design. The work produced by our Photography learners is consistently rated as 'outstanding' by the accrediting awarding body (NCFE).

A large number of Knowsley residents are digitally excluded and the Government's drive to move services to self-serve channels can leave residents who are not computer-literate even more disadvantaged. As such, the Service actively provides residents with opportunities to engage with technology for the first time or improve on their current level of digital literacy. Digital Drop-In sessions are available at a host of venues across Knowsley to support residents with various activities such as job searches, CV writing, accessing and completing Council forms and applications, setting up email accounts and internet security. FACE offers 1 day Level 2 Qualification in Health and Safety in the Workplace to enhance learner's employment opportunities.

Our Functional Skills English and Maths courses develop learners reading, writing, communication and maths skills up to Level 2. Our English and Maths Support classes help those learners who may need a little more specialist help before undertaking an accredited Functional Skills programme.

All programmes in this cluster provide excellent opportunities for learners to gain promotion at work, progression onto further learning and/or into employment.

Arts, Languages and Culture

FACE offers a wide range of Arts, Language and Culture courses. The work produced by our Creative Crafts learners is consistently rated as 'outstanding' by the accrediting awarding body (NCFE). Arts and Crafts subjects include: Floristry, Flower Arranging, Cake Decorating, Art, Pottery and Ceramics, Crochet, Jewellery Making and Dressmaking/Sewing. For any budding beautician FACE offers training in Make-up and Nails. FACE also offers Holistic Therapies courses such as Aromatherapy, Mixed Therapies, Reiki and yes, Laughter Yoga. To enhance employability opportunities FACE provides a one day Level 2 industry recognised qualification in Food Safety in Catering. This is an extremely valuable qualification for those hoping to enter the catering industry. Most courses provide progression opportunities from non-accredited Community Learning up to accredited Level 2.

The service offers courses in modern and foreign languages such as French, German and Spanish enabling progression to higher learning. This increases opportunities for employment in front line customer service roles particularly in the visitor economy. The range of language topics covered includes: food/drink, shopping, travel, restaurants, booking into hotels, using the telephone and asking for directions. The service offers progression from: 'Welcome To (language)' > 'Improve Your (language)' > 'Extend Your (language)'. The service also delivers British Sign Language at Level 1 and progression to Level 2 providing routes and pathways into employment.

Going Places 16-18 Study Programme

Knowsley Family And Community Education work in Partnership with a variety of approved providers to deliver 16-18 Study Programmes. If you would like further information about opportunities available please contact Sandra Feerick on 0151 443 5387/07825 117474 or email: sandra.feerick@knowsley.gov.uk Study Programmes are individually tailored. The offer includes:

  • English and Maths for young people who have not yet achieved a GCSE Grade 4 or equivalent.
  • Work Experience providing young people with an opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in real working conditions.
  • Academic, applied or vocational qualifications that stretch young people and prepare them for education at the next level or to employment

Family Learning Programmes

Knowsley FACE offers a range of courses that help parents/carers get more involved in their children's education and healthy development and give them ideas for learning activities they can do with their children. Our parenting courses help parents find out more about positive parenting and the best ways to manage their children's behaviour. Courses are run at schools, Children's Centres and other venues across Knowsley and are free to Knowsley parents/carers.

Blended Learning

Some people in full time employment often find it difficult to undertake learning activities due to non-regular working schedules etc. Knowsley FACE offers courses that can be delivered using a blended learning model. Blended learning is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom. Tutorial support is provided via a virtual learning environment, telephone, email or other electronic means. However, there will be occasional classroom face-to-face meetings with tutors to appraise progress and offer in-class support and guidance.