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Horizons Gateway - Transitions and Progression (Entry Level) at Central College Nottingham

Course description

The course has been specifically developed to enable the smooth transition for young people leaving school into the college environment.

Course content

You will study English, Maths, ICT, Personal and Social Development, Independent Living and Employability Skills. There is a range of vocational elements which can include:

  • Art and Design
  • Sport / Outdoor Pursuits
  • Cookery
  • Enterprise
  • Horticulture

There is also comprehensive enrichment elements built into the programme and an opportunity for some students to undertake a work experience placement and/or supported internship.

English and Maths are an essential part of your studies and will help you succeed on your course. These subjects will help you develop confidence and are the key employability skills that all employers now look for when recruiting.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However you will need to attend a guidance interview to see if this is the most appropriate programme to meet your individual needs.


You will carry out work to achieve competence in each component of the course. You will be supported to produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your skills and achievements in every area of the programme.

Individual Learning Action Plan: This is where you will identify areas for development and set appropriate targets with the support of staff. Academic and personal targets will be set and tracked and mapped on the Individual Learning Action Plan where learners and staff will feedback on progress.

Future opportunities

  • Further Horizons programmes
  • Further Education
  • Employability

Career Opportunities include:

  • Voluntary Opportunities
  • Supported Employment
  • Paid Employment

Further information

The programme is fully supported and run in small groups. It endeavours to provide a positive and rewarding experience for each learner. As the year progresses you will be taken out of College on visits and activities which may incur a very small cost. Central runs various social clubs outside of normal hours that you can join to increase your confidence and enhance your independent living skills.

Central run various social clubs that students can join to increase their confidence and to enhance their independent living skills. You can find out more about the social clubs here.

Need help with tuition fees, travel or equipment costs? Click here if you are aged 16-18 or here if you are aged 19+

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 June 2015
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    • The Centre houses our Horizons courses and provides specialist facilities for students with a range of physical and learning difficulties and disabilities.