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Towards Independence - Foundation Learning at Alton College

Course description

The Towards Independence is a two year full-time programme of studies for students who have not had the opportunity to gain formal qualifications but wish to remain in full-time education. A student programme would be designed to offer  the chance to improve your skills in English, Maths and I.C.T. as well as the chance to develop independence and life skills. There will also be opportunities to investigate the world of work. The programme would be designed to give you the necessary skills to prepare you for your future life.

Course content

Class sizes will be small as will the team of lecturers who will teach you.  Most classes will also be helped by a learning support assistant.  You will regularly spend time with your tutor where you can monitor your progress and agree your own learning targets.


Your work will be continuously marked and placed in a portfolio for when you are ready to claim your qualifications.  These might include:

ASDAN Personal Progress Award/Certificate
Functional Skills in Maths, English and I.C.T.
ASDANAward/Certificate in Personal and Social Development
College Certificate

Financial information

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, pens and pencils, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where appropriate).

Essential: The course has a catering module and all students are asked to contribute financially to this weekly (£2.00).

Desirable:  Trips and visits cost approximately £30 a year.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Future opportunities

You will have lots of choices at the end of this programme and you will receive plenty of advice on what to do next.  Some students decide to continue their education at Alton College on the BTEC Skills for Independence and Work at Entry 2.

Emily decided she would like to work with children and enrolled on the BTEC course at Entry level

Other students joined a local training provider:

Emma also liked gardening and attends a training centre for two days a week, to continue improving her functional skills in Maths and English and has three days a week in the garden centre. She is able to receive free transport and earns a small allowance.

Whilst other students found employment:

John enjoyed Retail and obtained a job with a local supermarket. Cathers is moving on to work and train at The Café Project in Basingstoke where she will be receiving training in food preparation, cooking, cleaning and customer service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alton College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016

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