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Pathways Programme - Foundation Learning at Alton College

Course description

The Pathways Programme is a one or two year full-time programme of study for students to enhance their qualifications, develop their independence and expand their knowledge of the working world. You will have the opportunity to sample a range of vocational areas such as Media, Sport & Leisure, Catering, Car Mechanics, Drama and Horticulture. In addition, you will get the chance to improve your functional skills in English, Mathematics and ICT – all at a level best suited to your abilities. The programme is designed to give you the necessary skills to prepare you for the future. You will have the opportunity to undertake travel training and go on work placements with a job coach to equip you with experience of today’s employment market.

Course content

A small team of lecturers will teach you different units and 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.

Entry requirements

A positive attitude to learning and a willingness to undertake work experience.


You will undertake a series of units which will be marked and placed into your portfolio for when you are ready to claim your qualifications. These might include;

  • BTEC Entry Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Independence & Work
  • Edexcel Entry Level 2 Award in Personal & Social Development
  • Functional Skills in Mathematics, English & ICT

Staff use a variety of assessment methods including role play, observations, written, visual and practical work.

Financial information

All students will be expected to provide their own folder, stationery, USB stick and calculators (where appropriate).

Any further costs are outlined below:
Advisable: Cost of residential field trip (approximately £100) 
The catering module requests a financial contribution of £3.00 weekly
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 a range 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 by either; applying for a second year on the Pathways Programme, moving on to the Towards Independence Programme or entering the Options Programme (Entry Level 3). Other students choose to move on to other colleges, join a local training provider or find employment.

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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