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If your GCSEs haven't gone as well as you hoped, or if you're not currently in education, employment or training and you are thinking about what next, Foundation Fresh Start is the course for you. It's a short course starting in the spring to get you read to start fully at College in September 2022.

  • What will I study?

    The course covers key personal, study and employability skills to build your core and confidence to progress onto a Level 1 or Level 2 course in a vocational area of your choice in September 2022. Everyone does Mathematics and English at a level that is right for them and there will also be opportunities to improve your digital skills.

    You will of course have the opportunity to participate in experiences of work and vocationally focused 'tasters' ? a fantastic opportunity to explore the vocational areas of the college in preparation to make choices about your next step.

    The units you will study are likely to include:

    • Effective communication
    • Working as part of a team
    • Career planning and making applications
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is for you if you are not currently in education and wish to gain more knowledge about a career and get ready to start a college course in September.

  • How is the course assessed?

    You will be assessed on your practical participation as well as building a portfolio of evidence.

  • Your Study Programme

    If you are aged 16-18, you will join a 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 don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses).

    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.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    Opportunities include:

    • Level 1 study
    • Level 2 study
    • Apprenticeship
    • Employment
  • Entry Requirements for new students

    There are no formal entry requirements. However, students will be expected to complete written tasks to determine the level they are working at and course groups will be streamed to reflect qualifications/abilities (depending on numbers). Candidates will mainly have F/G grades [1-2]

  • 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.