Gateway to FE - Level 1

Course Code: GGSP1004


In line with Government advice and guidance we plan to have 100% face to face delivery for all Further Education courses for 16 - 18 year olds from September 2021.

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration
AnytimeGateway Campus1 YearApply

Course Overview

16-18 (19- 24 with EHCP)  year old? Worried that you did not get your grades? Here...let us give you a second chance and get you back on track.

The course that you will be doing is a 1-2  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 maths, English and Skills Progression (L1) or Skills Preparation  (E3) qualifications no matter what vocational options you choose. You will have a session on Work Experience where we will try and get you a placement to get you job ready. There will be some volunteering opportunities as well.

It is important that you continuously improve your maths and English because more and more employers are now asking for suitable qualifications in maths and English for the job applied.

We aspire to support all our entry levels students to keep progressing in their levels to reach level 1 and level 2.

Under the Skills Preparation and Skills Progression package you will be working towards in-house certificates in Skills Developmental, Skills Preparation or Skills Progression Programmes.  These programmes are customised to your vocational and employment area.  You will work on improving your life skills, independent skills, working in a team, communication skills and much more.

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. 

Entry Requirements

All 16-18 years Students with no prior qualifications, grades lesser than a D in maths in English, Functional Skills under Level 2 and ESOL students are eligible to apply for this course.

Students with EHC Plan who are 19-24 year olds are eligible to apply for this course as long as they meet the above criteria (no prior qualifications, grades less than D in maths/ English or below Level 2 Functional Skills)

Essential Skills – English and Maths

If you achieve a grade 3 in GCSE Maths or English you will have to work towards re-sitting these subjects as part of your main study programme. At B&FC, this won’t delay your career journey because you’re working towards these subjects at the same time as your chosen subject.

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

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. 

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

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.

Terms and Conditions

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