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New Directions Route 2 (Foundation) at City of Oxford College

Course description

This course is for students who do not have the qualifications to study a full Level 2 course, and are not sure which direction to take. 

It builds skills in English, maths and ICT, it develops the personal and social skills that employers look for, and it includes hands-on learning in a vocational area of your choice. New Directions Route 1 is part of our foundation learning programme, which gives you the chance to learn at your own pace in a supported environment.

You gain:

functional skills qualifications in maths, English and IT
vocational qualification at E3 / L1
skills towards enabling progression Level 1 which helps you to develop the personal and social skills that employers look for.

Course content

You learn:

functional skills maths, English and ICT
skills for progression to Level 1
vocational qualification in either: 

construction skills
motor vehicle maintenance
health and social care
art, design and media
hair and beauty
public services

Please note that construction, motor vehicle maintenance and public services are taught at our Blackbird Leys campus.

Entry requirements

All applicants need to have an initial assessment in English and maths, a successful interview, and a visit to a taster day to meet the team and other applicants. 

To be considered for a place on the course you will have achieved some GCSE grades D-F at school, or you’ll show that you can demonstrate English and maths level E3 or above in your initial assessment.


Your tutor will work with you to set individual learning targets each term and you will get feedback on your progress. You will be assessed through creating a folder of evidence for each subject. You will be assessed at a level that suits you. Functional skills will be assessed through external examinations.

This is a one year full-time course which you attend 3 days a week. Learning will take place through a range of traditional classroom based activities, practical hands on learning, research activities, educational visits and team work. You learn in small classes so you will get the support you need.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course you can move on to a full-time course at the college, an apprenticeship or seek employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPNDIR


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      • From Ring Road: use EITHER Banbury Road or Woodstock Road to city centre. At traffic lights, end of St. Giles (Map 1), turn right into Beaumont Street and follow signs to the rail station. At the second set of traffic lights, i.e. at the bottom of Park End Street, turn left into Oxpens Road (ice rink). The College is ¼ mile on the left.
      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.