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The Foundation Multi-skills course is a vocational programme within the Northampton College working in our modern well equipped workshops with industry relevant equipment. You will work on various carpentry, painting and decorating and Health and Safety tasks, developing new skills and knowledge used in the construction industry.

  • What will I study?

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    Core units:

    • Introduction to Health and Safety
    • Carpentry
    • Painting Techniques
    • Plumbing
    • Electrical
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in Construction and wish to gain an Entry 3 Level qualification in Multiskills.

  • How is the course assessed?
    • Practical Assessments
    • Multiple Choice Written Test
  • Your Study Programme

    We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you dont have a grade C (4) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal. Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

  • Knowledge

    You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

    • Health and safety hazards, current regulations
    • The principles of high-quality customer service
    • How to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner.
  • Skills

    You will have the ability to:

    • Interpret drawings and specifications
    • Select, use, maintain and store tools and equipment safely
    • Develop a range of construction techniques.
  • Behaviours

    What is required?

    • Conscientious, punctual, enthusiastic, reliable and professional
    • Be reliable, productive, efficient and quality focussed in work and in personal standards to current industrial standards
    • Keep up to date with best practice and new technology.
  • General info

    You will need to have personal protective equipment such as overalls and safety boots. We will provide you with a list before you join the course. You may be able to apply to the College Bursary Fund for help with paying for these items.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    You can progress on to Level 1 study in Multiskills or you can begin to specialise in Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrical, Painting & Decorating, Plumbing & Heating or Trowel Trades.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    To start a Vocational Studies Programme you do not need any qualifications. Just the motivation to attend and take part! Candidates will mainly have GCSE grades 1 or 2 (G/F)

  • Admissions Process

    We recommend that you attend one of our exciting open events so that you can look around the department, the college and meet the tutors. You are welcome to do this before or after you apply. These events have proved very successful in ensuring students and their families see the best of what the college has to offer such as our inspirational teaching areas, teachers, library facilities and places to eat.
    Once you have applied our experienced Enrolment Team will consider your application carefully and will let you know, by email, if the College would like to make you a conditional offer based on you meeting the specified entry requirements. If your predicted grades or career aims suggest that an alternative subject area or course level would be more appropriate for you at this stage, we will contact you either by telephone, email or text. If you have told us that you have some additional support needs we will contact you to find out more so that we can help you.