Pathways Programme

Foundation Learning
Entry Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

1 year

Course Content:

The Pathways Programme is a full-time programme of study for students to enhance their qualifications, develop their independence and expand their knowledge of the working world. 

If you study on this course you will have the opportunity to sample a range of vocational areas such as:

  • Sport
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Catering
  • Drama
  • Horticulture, Music and Art
  • Managing Money
  • Independent Living
  • Improve your Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and ICT, all at a level best suited to your abilities
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake travel training to promote impendence and confidence
  • Supported work placements with a job coach to equip you with experience of today’s employment market


You will undertake a series of units which will gradually build your portfolio for when you are ready to claim your qualifications.

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

Studying at Alton College:

Students learn in small group sizes and have the added support of Learning Support Assistants. Classes take place from Monday – Friday between the hours of 9am – 3:00/ 4:00pm. 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.

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 stationery required for lessons.

Any further costs are outlined below:

Compulsory: Work experience uniform - £15

Advisable: Field Trips £15 

Catering module requests a financial contribution of £30

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.

 After completing this course

Having successfully completed the Pathways Programme students have progressed onto other courses within the Foundation Learning department. Students have also found this course a great gateway to different FE courses at a variety of other establishments.

The course allows students to develop their knowledge and experience of the working world and has resulted in some students gaining employment opportunities from their work placement.