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Becoming a Volunteer Level 1 (Open Award)

  • Overview of the course

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    This course is for those students who wish to develop their employability skills in order to find paid or unpaid work. Students will develop and improve their knowledge and understanding by practicing and developing personal and job seeking skills.
    After a short introduction students will be able to study the accredited Open Awards level 1 certificate in Further Learning and Employment.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will develop and improve your knowledge and understanding of the expectations and responsibilities of working in a paid or unpaid job by:
     Recognizing different types of charity organisations in terms of size, core functions.
     Identifying different types of volunteer roles.
     Develop IT communication skills.
     Develop skills in creating and managing IT databases.
     Identifying some entry-level jobs, suitable for someone starting out in paid or unpaid work.
     Assess your own skills in relation to working in a paid or unpaid job.
     Identifying skills, you will need to develop if you are to be successful in a paid or unpaid job.
     Make an application to a paid and an unpaid job.
     Demonstrate interview skills in a practice job interview.
  • Entry requirements

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    You need to attend all of your classes.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will build up a portfolio folder of work which shows the range of skills and knowledge you have developed. You will receive support throughout the course and track your progress through tutor feedback and portfolio reference sheets.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    A ring binder folder to keep your work organised is essential.
    Start / End Dates: Wednesday 12 September 2019 – Wednesday 14th May 2020.
    Times: 9.00am – 4.15pm
    Centre: Deane Road Centre.

  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Visit a Community Learning Centre or College to enrol. See our website for enrolment times.
    Contact the person shown in the last section to arrange an interview/informal discussion.
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £402.00
    Other fees: £52.00
  • Future opportunities

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    You could progress to:

    • Volunteering
    • Employment
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    All conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    Whilst Coronavirus restrictions are in place, the best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We will endeavor to staff this service from 10am – 3.30pm, Monday to Fridays.
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is very important to us and with the continued situation, related to the coronavirus outbreak, there will be an increased emphasis on study outside the classroom during the 2020/21 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during directed study or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 15:00
    3.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    31 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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