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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Stroud
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Code: 118023
Cost: N/A

SGS Stroud

Stratford Road

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Course Detail

Gateway to College

Full time course


This is a full-time course for young people aged 16–25. It is designed for learners with significant barriers to learning. The main aim of the course is to develop self-confidence, independence and work skills. This course will help learners achieve a smooth transition from school to other college courses.

What will I study?

Learners will undertake skills to support them becoming independent adults. Learners will work on developing skills for life, personal and social development, health and well-being and employability through work experience and improved English and Maths.

Maths and English

All learners will have weekly Maths and English lessons where they, if able, will work towards Functional Skills or upskilling towards a Functional Skill. Literacy and numeracy are also embedded throughout the other aspects of the course.

Work experience

Work experience in suitable settings will be undertaken by learners.


Learners will undertake essential skills and learn how to work as part of a team as well as independently. These are essential skills that employers look for.

What do I need to join?

No formal qualifications are required; however, for learners who have specific support needs, SGS require assurance from the local authority that this will be funded before a place on the course can be finalised.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I learn?

Learners will work in small groups with a qualified member of staff and a support worker, according to individual needs. Learners are assessed as to their requirements prior to starting and on course, in order to ensure they are placed in the group that is right for them.

How will I know how I am doing?

Learners will meet with their personal tutor on a regular basis in order to review progress and agree targets so that progress can be measured and learners challenged to achieve their best. Parents/ carers will be invited to some of these reviews.

Are there any extra costs?

A materials fee of £175.

What can I do next?

Some learners will progress to other courses within the department, community-based provision or other educational or employment opportunities, including supported internships. Learns can also progress to the Passport to Independence - Independent Living and Employability course.

What are my career options?

We have an excellent partnership with Youth Support Services advisors and other agencies, and they, together with college tutors, can help learners to find suitable post-college placements.

Additional qualifications

There may be the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications as part of your study programme.


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Dates & Costs

Gateway to College

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Time(s): 9am - 4pm
Code: 118023

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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Start End Time Campus
01/09/2019 31/07/2020 9am - 4.40pm SGS Filton
01/09/2019 31/07/2020 9am - 4pm SGS Stroud