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Early College Placement Schools

What is Early College Placement?

These opportunities are usually for year 11 students. In exceptional circumstances a year 10 student maybe considered but we would need to be convinced that they have the maturity and resilience to sustain the placement. Students who are currently on a school roll will need to be referred to the College through their school.

  • All ECP opportunities are infill into 16-18 classes. Only 2 ECP students per class are permitted.
  • Closing date for applicants is Friday 25th May 2018 - we will still consider students after that date but the choice of course maybe limited.

We offer a range of courses for young people. There are two main paths of study you can choose from:

Vocational courses at Level 1.

  • Students follow a programme of study which includes their vocational qualification and English and Maths functional skills. Students have an initial assessment in English and Maths followed up by a diagnostic assessment in order to ensure they are doing the correct level for their ability in English and Maths and that an appropriate progression route is available post year 11.
  • English and Maths are compulsory and unless students achieve these subjects they are considered to have failed their programme of study. New Department of Education (DfE) rules state that functional skills qualifications are stepping stones to gaining GCSEs, which students are expected to have gained by the age of 19.
  • Where a student has the ability, they may join a level 2 vocational course, as long as this is allowed under Section 96, and they will take English and Maths, either GCSE, functional skills or free standing Maths qualification (FSMQ).

GCSE level 2 programme.

This is a one year course for students capable of achieving A to C (9-4) in 30 weeks. The students will study 5 GCSEs, of which English, Mathematics and Science are compulsory and the remaining 3 will be discussed at interview. The students will participate in the tutorial programme. Students will need to attend the GCSE taster day and pass assessments in English, Maths and Science in order to be considered for the course.

Fees for a 5 term year

  1. A full time Level 1 college course is delivered in approximately 11 hours, which is usually delivered over 3 days, the exception is construction, which is over 2 days. The fees per learner are £4125.
  2. A four day placement for GCSEs. The fees per learner are £4675.

Transport and lunch arrangements are not the responsibility of the college and need to be organised by the school if appropriate.

Students on a school roll are required to have 25 hours of learning per week. It is up to the referring school to add additional learning activities to reach this figure.

If a young person withdraws part way through a term, the school will be charged the whole term and refunded any subsequent terms.

The fees we charge do not include additional support for students with learning needs. If a student has an EHCP or requires support with behavior, basic skills or a disability, additional charges will need to be agreed to cover such costs.

Students have to pay their own cost for text books, stationery, educational visits, some materials, etc. in addition to home to college transport. The care and maintenance of any equipment issued is the responsibility of the young person. If a young person turns up without any specified equipment, they will not be allowed to join the course. If the referring school asks parents to pay for specified equipment, materials, the college will not broker this.

So what vocational areas are available?

*Material fees could be subject to change

Course   Material fees *
Animal Care
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete ½ day a week placement in a live animal situation
Level 1 Introduction to Land Based Studies
Course content:

Core Units

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic

Sector Units (could be subject to change)

  • Finding Out About the Land-based Sector
  • Caring for and Feeding Animals
  • Moving and Accommodating Animals
  • Growing Plants
  • Caring for and Keeping Plants Healthy
  • Using Workshop Tools in a Land-based Setting
  • Using Land-based Machinery
  • Preparing Soil for Planting
£85
Early Years
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete 2 separate block placements.
Level 1 Diploma in Caring for Young Children
Course content:

A minimum of 25 credits must be achieved from Group A. The remaining 12 credits can be achieved from either Group A or B.

Group A units

  • Investigating a vocational area
  • Self development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people*
  • Science activities for young children
  • Technology activities for young children
  • Musical activities for young children
  • Practical health and safety when with young children
  • Finding out about forest schools
  • Craft activities for young children
  • Understanding play for early learning
  • Sharing learning experiences with children
  • Growth and development of young children
  • Human growth and development
  • Respecting and valuing children
  • Children's play and leisure activities in the community
  • Preparing for your next steps
  • Supporting babies to play

Group B Units

  • Healthy living
  • Healthy eating for families
  • Confidence building for the young child through play
  • Listening to and talking with a young child
£40.25 plus £44 for the disclosure and Debarring Service (DBS)
Hair and Beauty
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete 2 separate block placements
Level 1 VTCT Diploma in an Introduction to Hair and Beauty
Course content:

Route A- Hair and Makeup focused
Route B- Beauty focused

£320
Health and Social Care
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete 2 separate block placements
Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health Social Care and Childrens and Young Peoples Settings
Course content:

20 credits must be achieved from the mandatory units in group A and then at least 17 more credits must be gained from the optional units in group B.

Group A units( not all units will be covered)

  • Understand the range of service provision and roles within health and social care (adults and children and young people), early years and childcare
  • Understand the principles and values in health and social care (adults and children and young people), early years and childcare
  • Awareness of protection and safeguarding in health and social care (adults and children and young people), early years and childcare
  • Introduction to communication in health and social care (adults and children and young people), early years and childcare
  • Introductory awareness of equality and inclusion in health, social care and children's and young people's settings
  • Introductory awareness of health and safety in health, social care and children's and young people's settings
  • Introductory awareness of person-centred support in health, social care and children's and young people's settings

Group B units (not all units will be covered)

  • Human growth and development
  • Introduction to disability awareness
  • Introduction to children and young people's development Introduction to the physical care of babies and young children
  • Introduction to the development of children and young people through play
  • Encourage children and young people to eat healthily
  • Introduction to a healthy lifestyle
  • Introduction to autistic spectrum condition
  • Introduction to learning disability
  • Introduction to physical disability
  • Introduction to sensory loss
  • Introduction to mental health
  • Introduction to dementia
  • Introductory awareness of working with others in health, social care and children's and young people's settings
  • Introductory awareness of the importance of healthy eating and drinking for adults
  • Self-development
  • Investigating a vocational area
  • Understanding risk within health, social care and children's and young people's settings
  • Introductory awareness of bereavement in health, social care and children's and young people's settings
  • Job opportunities in health and social care
  • Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
£40.25 plus £44 for the disclosure and Debarring Service (DBS)
Sport
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete 37 hours of work placement in the workforce.
BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Sport
Course content:

Core Units

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic

Sector Units (could be subject to change)

  • How Exercise Affects the Body
  • Training for Fitness
  • Playing Sport
  • Coaching Skills in Sport
  • Assisting in a Sports Activity
  • Contributing to Running a Sports Event
  • Getting People Active
  • Keeping Active and Healthy
£165
Performing Arts
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.
Level 1 Diploma in Performing Arts
Course content

Students will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. Throughout the course they will have opportunities to perform to the public. This course will cover a broad range of performing arts subjects including Drama, Dance; Musical Theatre and Stagecraft.

£150
Art and Design
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.

Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design
Course content:

  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Ceramics, transfers and glazing
  • Model making
  • Fine Art installation
  • Painting
  • Textiles and surface pattern
  • Professional printing methods such as screenprinting
  • Plaster work and casting
  • Interior design
  • Planning evaluation and developing final pieces at a professional level
  • Planning and selling your own work
  • Live projects with the community
  • Discussions and society, progression and wellbeing
  • How to become more employable
£280
Travel and Tourism
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.
BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism 1 Introductory
Course content:

Core Units

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic

Sector Units (not all units will be covered)

  • Preparing and Cooking Food
  • Serving Food and Drink
  • Exploring Local Visitor Attractions
  • Exploring Travel and Tourism in the UK
  • Contribute to Running a Hospitality and Tourism Event
  • Delivering Customer Service in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Using Websites to Make Holiday Choices
  • Promoting Hospitality and Tourism Events
£40 plus optional trip fee of £60
Creative Media Production
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete 37 hours of work placement in the workforce.
Level 1 Creative Media Production

This is a very practical course where students gain media skills by making media products. Examples of the kind of work include a short film made with the drama students, designing characters for a computer game and creating their own animation.

£168 plus optional trip fee of £32
I.T
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete 37 hours of work placement in the workforce.
Level 1 Travel and Tourism/Business and I.T
Course content:

Core Units

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic

Sector Units (could be subject to change)

  • Developing Digital Information Using IT
  • Using Digital Communication Technologies
  • Solving Technical IT Problems
  • Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
  • Creating a Website
  • Creating a Computer Program
  • Developing a Digital Product
  • Creating a Digital Animated Graphic
£10
Construction
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.
Level 1 Maintenance
Course content:

This will allow students to explore Plastering, Plumbing, Carpentry, Brick Work, Painting and Decorating. Students can progress onto Level 2 in a specialist trade post 16 providing they gain Level 1 functional skills in English and Maths and pass the maintenance course

£242
Construction
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.

If students have had previous experience or will be 16 by 28th February 2018 they could be considered for the following:

  • Level 1 Diploma in Plastering
  • Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating
  • Level 1 Diploma in Brickwork
  • Level 1 Diploma in Carpentry
£242

How do we support the students?

  • Individual tutorials
  • Parents evenings
  • Reports to the school and parents twice a year.

Conditions

Rules

  • No students are allowed to leave the premises during the lunch hour
  • If the student becomes unwell whilst at college they must notify their tutor or a member of the 14-16 team as no student can go home without prior contact with parents/carers.
  • If the student is too ill to attend, parents/carers must ring Isobel Edward 0117 9092348 to let their tutors know.

The above three rules enable us to discharge our duty of care for students under the statutory school leaving age.

Parents and students should note that the statutory school leaving date is the fourth Friday in June 2019

The government has implemented Raising The Participation Age (RPA) which means that young people under the age of 18 are expected to remain in learning which includes:

  • Full-time education, such as school sixth form or college;
  • An Apprenticeship; or
  • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

How to Apply

Download an Early College Placement application form. Download an Early College Placement Student Profile. Download a Funding Letter (for schools only)

Students will not be considered until all relevant items have been received.

All referrals must go to the SGS College 14-16 Office, Filton Avenue, Bristol, BS34 7AT marked for the attention Isobel Edward.

Alternatively you could scan the documents and email them to isobel.edward@sgscol.ac.uk

What happens next?

  1. After an application has been received from the school the student will be invited into SGS College with parent/carer for an initial visit (if they have not visited the college previously)
  2. Students/parents or carers are invited for an interview with a member of staff from their chosen vocational area, plus a member of the 14-16 team.
  3. After the interview and before joining SGS College the student will be invited to a SGS Factor/Taster Day to assess their suitability for the course.
  4. The student will also have a literacy and numeracy assessment to determine the level of their functional skills qualification.
  5. If the student is successful and accepted onto their chosen course the parents/carers will receive a letter from the Early College Placement Officer outlining their programme of study and the College will send a letter with the joining instructions.
  6. At the beginning of the course the student will have an induction programme and will be supported by our Early College Placement Officer. They will also have a course tutor who will help and support them.

Information for Schools, Parents/Carers

Year 11 students can be admitted to courses if this is deemed appropriate by the school/LEA and if, in the judgment of the College, the student would benefit from the learning opportunity, has the necessary resilience and can meet College requirements.

The provider (i.e. school that holds the funding for the student) must agree that a college placement could be suitable. If no such agreement has been arranged, parents will be liable for all tuition fees.

College requirements for Early College Placement students are the same as post 16 i.e.:

  • Attend all classes on the timetable on time including any work experience and activities
  • Complete all work set to the best of their ability
  • Behave in a sensible, appropriate manner with everyone at College, in line with the Learner Code of Conduct

ECP students receive considerable additional support from the 14-16 team

Schools will be emailed attendance reports fortnightly, two weeks in arrears. All absences (including long-term absences) are followed up by letter or a telephone call.

Enquiries

For ECP enquiries contact Isobel Edward on 01179092348 or email Isobel.edward@sgscol.ac.uk