Foundation Gateway - Entry Levels 1 and 2
Course Code: GGSP1015
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The Gateway Foundation course supports 16-24 year old learners (with statement S139a, LDD statement or EHC Plan) to improve their grades and plan a pathway to further study.
Focusing on your chosen subject area, we also help you to develop your English and maths, along with your employability and social development skills to prepare you for higher level courses as well as employment.
The ideal next step is a level 1 course with other progression routes including a traineeship, a supported internship, an apprenticeship, volunteering and paid employment.
Our Transition Team can help with making the move from school to College. They will attend your EHCP review as well as arrange taster sessions and a guided tour of the campus.
If you have learning difficulties, a medical condition or disabilities make sure you tick the appropriate box on your application form. A member of our Learning Support and Wellbeing Team will then contact you to arrange to put appropriate support in place.
Alternatively you can discuss your individual needs with us at interview. If you let us know early on about your needs, we can put things in place before you start your course so you feel supported from day one.
The Gateway Foundation course is designed to help 16-24-year-old learners (with statement S139a, an LDD statement or an EHC Plan) who have no previous qualifications or GCSEs at grade 3 or below.
If you are a year 11 student applying for this programme, we will compare your GCSE results with the minimum target grades set for you by your school. This will help us decide whether this is your most suitable programme of study. Other students, including those from outside the area, will have an opportunity to discuss their qualifications and experience to make sure they too are studying at the right level. For some programmes, we might need to observe you carrying out certain practical tasks before we can make you an offer.
Modules and Assessment
Teaching and Learning Methods
We use a wide range of teaching methods to cater for individual learning styles. For instance, one person might like to receive clear instructions whereas another might want to observe a demonstration and someone else might prefer to be left alone to work things through themselves.
We offer workshops, practical sessions, classroom sessions, one-to-one and group tutorials, independent study sessions, trips, enterprise activities, team-building sessions and clubs, all of which are designed to help you achieve your learning goals. We also lots of individual support throughout.
Timetabled sessions total around 16 hours a week and we expect you to spend a further 1-2 hours each week working on your own to develop your research skills. The course also includes a work placement totaling at least 20 hours.
Work Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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.
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.