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PET (Personal development, Employability, and Transition) City Centre Campus

Course Overview

PET is a one year Level 1 programme which takes place at both our City Centre and our Somer Valley Campuses. The aim of PET is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop their independence, explore future pathways in terms of further study or employment, and to help prepare and transition learners into adulthood and their next step.

What topics are covered?

PET is made up of a range of units that are chosen to best fit individual interests and aspirations. Core content includes topics related to developing independence, building relationships (e.g. personal and community based), healthy living, and employability. Topics are delivered as projects, and combine core content with learner’s individual interests. English and maths sessions are also included in learner’s study programmes, this could be either Functional Skills or GCSE depending on learner’s previous achievements and current working levels.

Who is the course aimed at?

PET is aimed at young people who want to build their independence and confidence, who are working at an academic level of around Level 1, and may have a learning difficulty/disability. PET is suitable for learners who may need a little more time to get used to College life and would like to explore areas of further study or employment.

What are the entry requirements?

Students should be able to demonstrate that they are working at Entry Level 2 in English and maths at a minimum, but applications will be discussed on an individual basis.

What qualifications will I gain?

Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

Learners undertake a range of practical and classroom based activities. Learners are also encouraged to explore areas of further study or employment by taking part in taster sessions and work placements in areas of interest.

How will I be assessed?

Learners are assessed using a variety of methods which will enable learners to build a portfolio of work gained from practical experience and classroom learning.

What can I do after this course?

Possible progression routes for PET learners could include wider college Level 1 programmes, Step Up, a Traineeship, and Project Search.

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

Facilities will vary depending on which campus students study on. However, students will have the opportunity to explore and use the vast range of facilities at both sites. Both campuses have an industrial-style kitchen and an in-house flat.

Which department is this course in?

Inclusion Department

What do I need to bring?

Standard stationary equipment, appropriate clothing/footwear for practical sessions, containers to carry cooked food home in.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more information please telephone 01225 312191, email info@bathcollege.ac.uk or visit our Inclusion Service page.


You may also visit our Student Advice Centre at either campus.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


We highly recommend that EHCP consultations are sent to us as early as possible, particularly in cases where a longer transition is required.


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