Foundation Gateway - Entry Levels 1

Course Code: GGSP1015


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

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

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 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 totalling at least 20 hours.

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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