foundation learning

Expressions Programme

Qualification: 
Foundation Learning
Duration: 
1 year
Level: 
Entry Level
Curriculum Manager: 
Corinne Mackrell

What is the Expressions Programme?

The Expressions Programme is a one year full-time programme of studies for students who would like to continue with their studies but focus on areas of the performing arts.  As well as experiencing lessons in drama, dance and music, students will develop their independent life skills and abilities in English and Maths.  Students will also have the chance to study topics such as Accessing Community Facilities and Rights & Responsibilities.  They will have the opportunity to develop their working skills through a supported work experience placement, preparing the students for a more independent life.  Each student will work at a level suited to their ability.

Is the Expressions Programme suitable for me?

As part of the course students will be involved in various productions/performances demonstrating the skills they have developed during their time on the course.  This will mean that, on occasion, students will be required to work ‘unsociable’ hours due to evening performances or work experience in theatres.

Some students have to travel by bus to college and they found the college day much longer than a school one. This takes a little while to get used to and can mean they are tired in the early part of the course.

How will I learn?

Class sizes will be small as will the team of lecturers who will teach you.  All classes will also be helped by a learning support assistant.  You will regularly spend time with your tutor where you can monitor your progress and agree your own learning targets.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be continuously marked and placed in a portfolio for when you are ready to claim your qualifications. Assessments will take the form of practical work as well as written assignments.  

Progression

You will be given lots of advice on what options are available to you upon successful completion of the course.  This may include further study at Alton College or at another education provider.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications or previous experience is required, but a good attitude to learning is important.as is a keen interest in the performing arts.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, pens and pencils, stationery, USB sticks and calculators (where appropriate).

Essential: Each student will be expected to purchase an Expressions Programme uniform (£TBC).

Desirable: Trips and visits cost approximately £50 a year.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

 

Pathways Programme

Qualification: 
Foundation Learning
Duration: 
1 year
Level: 
Entry Level
Curriculum Manager: 
Corinne Mackrell

What is the Pathways Programme?

The Pathways Programme is a one or two year full-time programme of study for students to enhance their qualifications, develop their independence and expand their knowledge of the working world. You will have the opportunity to sample a range of vocational areas such as Media, Sport & Leisure, Catering, Car Mechanics, Drama and Horticulture. In addition, you will get the chance to improve your functional skills in English, Mathematics and ICT – all at a level best suited to your abilities. The programme is designed to give you the necessary skills to prepare you for the future. You will have the opportunity to undertake travel training and go on work placements with a job coach to equip you with experience of today’s employment market.

Is the Pathways Programme suitable for me? 

Students learn in small group sizes and have the added help of a Learning Support Assistant. Classes take place from Monday – Friday between the hours of 9am – 3pm. Many students enjoy the variety of different subjects and welcome the opportunity to gain some independence. Students also enjoy the social aspects of college life.

How will I learn?

A small team of lecturers will teach you different units and most classes will also be helped by a Learning Support Assistant. You will regularly spend time with your tutor where you can monitor your progress and agree your own learning targets.

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake a series of units which will be marked and placed into your portfolio for when you are ready to claim your qualifications. These might include;

  • BTEC Entry Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Independence & Work
  • Edexcel Entry Level 2 Award in Personal & Social Development
  • Functional Skills in Mathematics, English & ICT

Staff use a variety of assessment methods including role play, observations, written, visual and practical work.

Progression

You will have a range of choices at the end of this programme and you will receive plenty of advice on what to do next. Some students decide to continue their education at Alton College by either; applying for a second year on the Pathways Programme, moving on to the Towards Independence Programme or entering the Options Programme (Entry Level 3). Other students choose to move on to other colleges, join a local training provider or find employment.

Entry requirements

A positive attitude to learning and a willingness to undertake work experience.

Course costs 

All students will be expected to provide their own folder, stationery, USB stick and calculators (where appropriate).

Any further costs are outlined below:
Advisable: Cost of residential field trip (approximately £100)
The catering module requests a financial contribution of £3.00 weekly
If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Course code 

ERR2PSD

 

Options Programme

Qualification: 
Foundation Learning
Level: 
Entry Level
Curriculum Manager: 
Corinne Mackrell

What is the Options Programme?

The Options Programme is a one or two year full-time programme of studies for students who have not had the opportunity to gain formal qualifications but wish to remain in full-time education. A student programme would be designed to offer you the chance to improve your functional skills in English, Maths and I.C.T. as well as the chance to look at jobs in various areas: Sport & Leisure, Travel & Tourism, Horticulture, Media, Care, Arts & Craft and Catering. The programme would be designed to give you the necessary skills to prepare you for your future life. Students attend work experience on a Wednesday to enable them to gain the skills required in today's employment market.

Is the Options Programme suitable for me?

Every year students are involved in a review of their studies. From this review students have commented on how supportive all the tutors have been and that they are treated as adults. They liked being in a small learning groups which have learning support assistants in each class.

Some students have to travel by bus to college and they found the college day much longer than a school one. This takes a little while to get used to and can mean they are tired in the early part of the course.

How will I learn?

A small team of lecturers will teach you and most classes will be supported by a learning support assistant. You will regularly spend time with your tutor where you can monitor your progress and agree your own learning targets.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be continuously marked and placed in a portfolio for when you are ready to claim your qualifications. These might include:

  • BTEC Vocational Studies
  • BTEC Workskills
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and I.C.T.

Progression

You will have lots of choices at the end of this programme and will receive plenty of advice on what to do next. Some students decide to continue their education at Alton College on the BTEC Level 1 Vocational Studies course.

Katie decided she would like to work with children and enrolled on the BTEC Level 1 Vocational Studies course and took units in Health & Social Care.

Some students moved on to other colleges:

Joe enjoyed horticulture as part of the Options Programme and went onto Sparsholt College’s BTEC Entry Level 3 Certificate in Skills for Working Life: Animal Care course. Steven went onto South Downs College to complete a Foundation IT course.

Other students joined a local training provider:

Kirsty also liked gardening and attends a training centre for two days a week to continue improving her functional skills in Maths and English. She spends three days a week in the garden centre.

Whilst other students found employment:

Peter enjoyed Retail and obtained a job with a local supermarket.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required but a good attitude to learning is important.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, pens and pencils, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where appropriate).

Essential: The course has a catering module and all students are asked to contribute financially to this weekly (£2.00).

Desirable: Trips and visits cost approximately £50 a year.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

BTEC Level 1 in Vocational Studies

Qualification: 
Foundation Learning
Duration: 
1 year
Level: 
1
Curriculum Manager: 
Corinne Mackrell

What is BTEC Level 1 in Vocational Studies?

BTEC Level 1 in Vocational Studies is a one or two year programme of study offering you the opportunity to investigate different vocational areas. The vocational areas that you can study may include Catering & Hospitality, Sport, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Childcare, Photography and Public Services for example. Through studying a variety of vocational options it is hoped that you will widen you knowledge enabling you to make informed career choices for the future.

The vocational units are at the heart of the programme. However you will have the chance to improve your functional skills in Maths, English and ICT skills.

You will take part in our work experience programme. This has been a very successful area of the course and enables you to apply knowledge gained on placement to your vocational studies.

You will be suited to this course if you are enthusiastic and keen to gain further qualifications. You also need to be willing to take on a course which requires a commitment to regular attendance and punctuality.

Is the BTEC Level 1 in Vocational Studies suitable for me?

Students following the BTEC Level 1 in Vocational Studies course enjoy making new friends from other schools. They are taught in small groups and list this as an important factor in achieving excellent results. Current students have particularly enjoyed taking part in trips and visits. In the past students have been on trips to Disneyland Paris and Alton Towers. They feel this enabled them to get to know their peers and members of staff well.

Alongside this students believe that work experience has been an invaluable resource in helping them to collect the information required to complete their coursework. It has also helped them to make informed choices about future career options. Many students have gained part time work whilst at college, or full time employment on leaving college from their work experience placements.

Initially, students find organising themselves difficult; however with support these difficulties are overcome quite quickly. At college students have more responsibility in managing their time effectively and meeting coursework deadlines. This has posed problems to some students but, again with support, you will quickly adapt to the situation and enjoy the success that self-organisation brings.

How will I learn?

In the classroom you will be taught using various different methods. You will work both in groups and individually. There will be some formal note taking as well as role-play, group discussions and visiting speakers. There are in built study support classes but there is also an expectation that you will study for up to 10 hours per week in your own time completing classwork, producing coursework or doing lesson preparation..

How will I be assessed?

Coursework: 100%. During the course you will be assessed through coursework in various ways including oral presentations, video films, audio tapes, written work and field trips.

Progression

Having successfully completed the BTEC Level 1 in Vocational Studies you will be able to make further choices about which direction you wish to take. Some students decide to progress onto a BTEC level 2 course. This course also provides you with a sound foundation for employment.

Kirstie progressed onto a BTEC level 2 in Information Technology. She gained a Merit on that course then completed a BTEC Level 3 ICT course.

Christine was so successful on her work experience placement at a local travel agent that she gained full time employment on leaving the course.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, although you will normally have followed a GCSE programme of study at school.

 

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own folder, stationery, USB stick and calculators (where appropriate).

Any further costs are outlined below:

Advisable: Cost of residential field trip (approximately £100)
The catering module requests a financial contribution of £3.00 weekly

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Course Code

VSR-VSF

Towards Independence

Qualification: 
Foundation Learning
Level: 
Entry 1 Level
Curriculum Manager: 
Corinne Mackrell

What is the Towards Independence?

The Towards Independence is a two year full-time programme of studies for students who have not had the opportunity to gain formal qualifications but wish to remain in full-time education. A student programme would be designed to offer  the chance to improve your skills in English, Maths and I.C.T. as well as the chance to develop independence and life skills. There will also be opportunities to investigate the world of work. The programme would be designed to give you the necessary skills to prepare you for your future life.

Is the Towards Independence suitable for me?

At initial interview students individual needs will be assessed to ensure the course is appropriate to their needs. Students’ personal Youth Support Worker will also be involved to ensure that students’ moving on plans are met.

Some students have to travel by bus to college and they found the college day much longer than a school one. This takes a little while to get used to and can mean they are tired in the early part of the course.

How will I learn?

Class sizes will be small as will the team of lecturers who will teach you.  Most classes will also be helped by a learning support assistant.  You will regularly spend time with your tutor where you can monitor your progress and agree your own learning targets.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be continuously marked and placed in a portfolio for when you are ready to claim your qualifications.  These might include:

ASDAN Personal Progress Award/Certificate
Functional Skills in Maths, English and I.C.T.
ASDANAward/Certificate in Personal and Social Development
College Certificate

Progression

You will have lots of choices at the end of this programme and you will receive plenty of advice on what to do next.  Some students decide to continue their education at Alton College on the BTEC Skills for Independence and Work at Entry 2.

Emily decided she would like to work with children and enrolled on the BTEC course at Entry level

Other students joined a local training provider:

Emma also liked gardening and attends a training centre for two days a week, to continue improving her functional skills in Maths and English and has three days a week in the garden centre. She is able to receive free transport and earns a small allowance.

Whilst other students found employment:

John enjoyed Retail and obtained a job with a local supermarket. Cathers is moving on to work and train at The Café Project in Basingstoke where she will be receiving training in food preparation, cooking, cleaning and customer service.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, pens and pencils, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where appropriate).

Essential: The course has a catering module and all students are asked to contribute financially to this weekly (£2.00).

Desirable:  Trips and visits cost approximately £30 a year.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

 

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