Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
This course is designed for learners who have additional learning and support needs and would like to have experience of what a mainstream vocational course will entail in a supported environment. The main aim of the course is for learners to familiarise themselves within an FE college to support them to access mainstream courses, supported internships or finding employment the following year.
One day will be spent in a mainstream vocational class. The choice of vocational areas will be: Health and Social Care Hospitality and Catering ICT Business and Admin Vehicle maintenance and Construction
This flexible programme will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual students. The course will comprise a number of core units focusing on a range of employability and work-related skills.
As part of the programme the learners will be able to develop employability, personal and social skills through the curriculum offer. The offer includes English, maths, enrichment, tutorial and social inclusion activities which will build on learners’ community presence. There will also be an opportunity to do work experience with a suitable employer.
At least 2 GCSEs D-E, 3-2 Grade or equivalent (Entry 3) Keen interest in the vocational area of choice
All learners will compile a portfolio of evidence that will contain their completed written coursework assignments, a mixture of photographs, video, witness statements and personal statements. The portfolios are internally assessed and verified prior to external verification by an awarding body.
Most learners will be entered for Functional Skills English and Maths live assessments at the level indicated during initial assessments and verified through continuous diagnostic assessments or if they are not yet ready will do RARPA English and Maths qualifications.
Learners could progress onto a Level 1/2 mainstream course, Supported Internships or Supported Apprenticeships, subject to assessments and meeting entry requirements of the programme applied for.
All learners participate in group sessions as well as individual study. The study methods are a mix of practical, theory and independent research, completed by learners with appropriate support.