Essential Skills

Entry Level

This programme has no specific entry criteria. It provides a personalised and flexible approach to learning, so that you can gain skills the qualifications that will allow you to progress to further study or employment.

  • The Entry Level programme is appropriate if you have a learning difficulty, and/or if you need to be taught in a small group with a high level of support.
  • The focus of your programme will be on developing your skills, confidence and ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • You will continue to develop your skills in literacy and numeracy through Functional Skills courses, which are delivered at the right level for you. These skills are assessed via short tests, and lead to nationally recognised qualifications.
  • You will undertake work experience within college, where there are opportunities to try out a range of different job roles, as well as external work experience when you are ready.

Where can this course lead to?

If students gain a Distinction in the Vocational Studies course, improve their literacy and numeracy skills, and have good attendance and work ethic, they may be able to progress to Level 2 courses, including GCSEs and vocational qualifications.

What will I study on this course?

The Foundation Learning programme allows you to gain the skills and qualifications that will support your progression into further study or employment.

The programme will consist of:

  • Functional Skills English - at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths - at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2
  • Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Vocational Studies, including units on Business, Art and Health and Fitness
  • A variety of enrichment courses such as managing your money, personal development and preparing for work.
  • Business Enterprise - working in a team on projects such as making goods to sell, and using the money raised to plan and go on a trip out of college.

You will also take the following courses, leading to nationally recognised qualifications:

 BTEC Entry Level Award in ITQ

  • This course covers a number of units, which allow students to gain a range of IT skills that are useful at work and in life.  The units are internally assessed and externally moderated. There are no exams.

 BTEC Entry Level Award/Certificate in Personal and Social Development

  • This course covers a number of units, which will include the following areas: managing your own money, preparation for work and dealing with problems in everyday life.
  • The units are internally assessed and externally moderated. There are no exams.

If you pass these courses and improve your literacy or numeracy skills, you may be able to progress to the next level of these qualifications in your second year. There are also opportunities to progress to a Level 1 course at Itchen, or at another college.  You may prefer to consider a supported internship, which will support you into employment.

Extended opportunities and enrichment

Students will have the opportunity to go out of the college on various trips to support their learning and practice the skills they have learnt.

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