Foundation learning

Need help deciding where to go next? Don’t have the grades to do what you want? A foundation programme will help you build your confidence and knowledge as well as improve your skills and qualifications.

Our aim is to help you progress to a GCSE/Level 2 programme, an Apprenticeship or a full-time job. Both campuses have Foundation Learning courses for you to choose from.

Step Up (Queens Drive)

This course will help you to develop practical skills such as CV-writing and interview techniques; you will also take part in taster sessions for different career paths. You will work towards an Entry 3 or Level 1 Award, Certificate or Diploma in Progression. You will work on your English and Maths skills and develop the important personal skills that employers and colleges look for, such as teamwork, assertiveness and decision-making.

Our staff will help you create and follow a plan for where you want to go next. This might be to another College course, training or into work.

We will help you with any job or college applications made during the course.

Pathway to Progress (North Star)

For students who are looking to progress within a chosen subject. Each student will:

  • Have a dedicated lecturer and mentor support.
  • The choice to study Sport & Coaching, Multi-trade Construction, Hospitality and Catering, Hair/Beauty Therapy, Health and Social Care, Childcare, Art & Design and Motor Vehicle.
  • Be able to develop employability skills and gain work experience within the College through a range of projects into work or further study.
  • Be able to progress onto further study or employment.

Pathway to independence

For students primarily with complex needs, aged 16+. This Pathway will help students to develop independence living and travel skills and aims to increase confidence and life chances. Each individual will participate in an engaging and simulating programme of activities, such as Gardening, Cooking, Personal Development, Floristry and Small Animal Care that focus on the needs and ability of the student.

Pathway to Work, Work Development Programme (North Star)

For students with more complex needs aged 18+, who wish to progress into work and gain valuable workplace skills. This pathway focuses on developing, maintaining, and supporting work placements in line with the students’ needs and abilities, leading to experience of employment.

Level 1 Diplomas in Further Learning and Employment (North Star)

Study employability skills and develop your academic skills alongside a practical learning experience in your chosen subject. Diplomas are available in Early Years, Hair and Beauty, Motor Vehicle and Construction.