Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Entry Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This is a flexible, supported programme tailored to young people. It is an integrated approach to education and independance, designed to be delivered to learners with learning difficulties/learning disabilities, behaviour and emotional problems and historical disengagement from school.

This is the entry year of our Foundation Pathways which then progresses to the Carousel programme that links independance and vocational skills.

In support of the year 1 program students will be invited to engage in healthy sporting activities as part of their timetable (1 hour per week each) as well as focused practical animal care lessons as part of project 5.

This year is known as the BUG year and is designed to support student learning and confidence in their first year in an adult environment. The course progresses on to the 2nd year of Foundation Learning called the CAROUSEL year. Class sizes are kept small and friendly at all times.

Students will attend an induction programme as part of their entry into college.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire This course requires students to wear a departmental uniform. Student will also need appropriate PPE.

This programme of study is designed around 6 projects with the sole aim of developing and improving independence skills.

In addition to continuing their development in Maths & English, students will complete an induction project and the following 6 projects.

An Induction Project - Being Safe at Kirkley Hall

Project 1 - Being Healthy
Project 2 - Travel Skills
Project 3 - Healthy Eating
Project 4 - Horticulture Enterprise
Project 5 - Media & Animal Care
Project 6 - Moving On

We offer courses from Entry Level to GCSE to fit the learners needs. All students are initially assessed in Maths and English when joining the programme. From that point, an individual programme will be developed to suit their individual needs and goals.

Those that do not have a grade 4 or equivalent, work towards this qualification (or their next step qualification) over the duration of their course. Award assessments are completed formally for Maths and English.

The course is project based over 3 days per week.

This programme is delivered over three days per week.

This is a 1st year entry level, supported learning foundation course for students who need some help during their education and who are in receipt of an EHCP.

Overall, this course aims to introduce students into an adultcCollege and way of life to develop their independent living skills.

What’s next?

Students can progress onto the Foundations Carousel. This programme focuses on the vocational pathways, the learner will have opportunities to sample areas so they may decide future choices. They include Animal Care, Horticulture and Catering.

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