Full time course
These courses are designed for young people aged 16–18 who may have experienced barriers to learning for a wide variety of reasons and who may have had an interrupted education or negative experiences at school. The main focus of the programme is for learners to develop their self-confidence, improve their self-esteem, gain qualifications and move on to further courses at the college and prepare for adult life. These courses are extremely successful in helping learners from school-based programmes move on to college-based vocational courses.
What will I study?
Learners will study a range of units based around personal and social development, employability, life skills and vocational options. Learners may also study English and Maths. There will also be the opportunity to study vocational options, such as animal care, art, hair and beauty and construction.
Maths and English
Learners will have the opportunity to improve English and Maths by studying Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
Work experience is undertaken dependent on the suitability of the learner.
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 value.
What do I need to join?
There are no formal entry requirements.
How long is the course?
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?
There will be a materials fee charge of £175 per learner.
What can I do next?
Learners on this course may progress to either a vocational course within the college or another course within the department. Mentors on the programme will prepare learners for moving on to other areas of provision by assisting with application forms and preparing learners for interviews.
What are my career options?
Potential to be employed in a vocational area that was studied on the course.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Learners will be operating at a level that is appropriate for them, between Entry 3 and Level 1.
Filton and Stroud Campuses.