Study Programme Foundation Gateway (Entry 1 and Entry 2)
Course Entry Requirements
The Gateway Foundation course is designed to help 16-24 year old learners (with statement S139a, LDD statement or EHC Plan) who have no prior qualifications or have GCSE at Grades D and below. This course at Foundation level is a fantastic transition into College and has all the support that a young person needs to make their experience at College as close to what they were used to at School as possible. There is a Transition Team which will help with the transition from School to College. They will attend your review, arrange taster sessions and a guided tour of your College campus.
This course will support you to build your grades up and to carve a pathway to higher level course. This course will lead you on to a Level 1 course (where applicable) and will give you a better grade in your maths and English than you currently hold.
We have a very holistic approach to teaching and learning and we embed employability and social development skills throughout the course so that you are better equipped not only for Further Education but also for employment. The other possible routes are into- Traineeship, Supported Internship and Apprenticeship.
Career Options and Progression
So what can I do when I have finished this course? You might ask.
Well, you can always carry on at college for another year and improve from Entry 1 to Entry 2 or Entry 2 to Entry 3. You can continue with your vocational options or for the following year you might want to try out something else and something new, which is quiet alright to do.
But if you are thinking how quickly can I get to work and become independent you can choose courses which are directly linked to jobs: Supported Internship and Traineeship can lead you into work placements and work experience. Saying that, you must pass the interview for the Supported Internship and Traineeship and you must be 100% job ready.
Modules and Assessment
The course that you will be doing is a one year course. You will be assessed for the right level. Being assessed at the right level means that the course will not be too easy for you and it will not be too difficult either. It will be at a suitable level with challenges to keep you motivated.
You will be doing math, English and employability skills qualifications no matter what your vocational options are.
It is important that you continuously improve you math and English because more and ore employers now a days are asking for suitable qualifications in maths and English for the job applied.
We aspire and support that all our entry levels students keep progressing in their levels.
Under the employability skills package you will be working towards certificates in Green Project. This Project is embedded through Catering, Art and Enterprise. You will work on improving your life skills, independent skills, working in a team, communication skills and much more. You will join community projects, use recycling materials to create art work, get baking and preparing meals to impress your friends and family and all this whilst having fun and making friends.
The class sizes are small and you will have support wherever it is required- in class, out of class, meet and greet, at interviews or in workshops.
Teaching and Learning Methods
We apply a wide range of diverse teaching methods. We are wholly aware that all individuals are different and their learning methods are different too. So if one learner might like to be taught through clear instructions, someone else might prefer to have a demonstration and another learner would prefer to be left alone for a bit to figure out for themselves.
There is always support available in whatever you will be doing. But the ultimate goal for each learner, no matter how they learn, is to achieve all their targets and qualifications and be successful.
There are workshops, practical sessions, classroom sessions. 1:1 tutorials, independent study sessions, trips, enterprise activities, team building sessions, group tutorials, clubs and all these sessions will help you with your learning and reaching your goals.
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
The equipment that you will need depends on the vocation or 'Gateway', as we like to call it, that you have chosen. So for example- if you have chosen Catering then you will be given most of the equipment, ingredients and PPE such as apron etc. If you choose Construction (depends on your level-you have to be at Entry Level 2, to choose Construction or Car Mechanics) then you will need overalls and boots to work safely in a workshop.
We will advise you again of the equipment that you must have and bring with you to college when we are enrolling you.
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