This course provides further education for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and behavioural/emotional problems who are leaving school. It may even be that you require a 'gentler' introduction into college life and would benefit from a quieter environment to gain the required entry standards before accessing a full time vocational course.
Do you think you need extra time and support to develop the right skills for college and to find an area that you are interested in? If you have answered 'YES' then this is the course for you!
The course duration can be anything from 1 year to 3 years.
Alongside your Pathway modules you will complete a variety of core units that are designed to develop confidence, employability skills and prepare you for progression onto a Level 1/Level 2 course. Units will be chosen to suit each group of learners and are changed throughout the year to suit individual and group needs. The units combine together to form a qualification in Skills for employment, Training and Personal Development.
Maths and English will form a part of your programme of study. At the start of the year you will have an assessment in English and Maths and this will be used to determine whether you will sit GCSE or an alternative Maths and English qualification.
You will be assessed through practical and written assessments, witness and observation reports as well as portfolio work. You may be required to sit an examination in Maths and English. Support needs are taken into account to ensure you have the right level and type of support to enable you to achieve your potential.
The majority of our students go on to study on a Level 1 and Level 2 programmes, Supported Internships are a popular progression route for PSD students and we are happy to discuss this option with you.
We have guest speakers from industry throughout the year and you will take part in work place visits to a variety of employers and working environments from construction to retail, entertainment to hospitality and catering.
Work experience is a key part of your programme of study and you will be given help and guidance in finding the right placement for you. Engaging with employers will give you a valuable insight into the world of work and develop your employability skills.
The Foundation Department run a café that is open to the public and you may have the opportunity to be part of this exciting venture.
You will be allocated a Progress Coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and onto your chosen career or progression path.
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college
There are many providers who offer 'similar' courses, but what they can't offer is the opportunity for you to 'try out' vocational areas to find something that you enjoy and more importantly, something that you are 'great' at! Each week you will attend a Pathway in one of the following:
All our tutors have a wealth of experience and are passionate about their subject and they want to share this with you so that you can reach your full potential. All learners have an individualised learning plan to ensure that the programme meets your individual needs.
Uniforms and/or safety equipment may be required for some of the Pathway courses. For students that are eligible there is financial support available to help you with these costs. Once you have chosen your Pathway option you will then be able to explore financial support if additional uniform or equipment is needed.
If there are any costs attached to trips and visits you will be given notice and all costs are kept to a minimum to ensure all learners can participate. Help is available if learners are in receipt of a bursary.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.