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Foundation Studies at Colchester Institute

Course description

Study programmes in the Foundation Studies area provide a progression route to employment, vocational study and/or apprenticeships for individuals with additional support needs and/or barriers to learning. Programmes aim to equip learners with the skills, confidence and independence required for successful progression by providing a highly supportive learning environment and diverse, exciting curriculum. Learners are provided with a high level of support and guidance, and encouraged to set themselves challenging, achievable goals in order for their aspirations to be achieved.

Programmes incorporate a combination of vocational learning, personal and social skills development and Functional Skills in English and Maths.

Access to a wide range of specialist resources and facilities provide exciting opportunities for learners to develop their skills in an active environment*. Programmes are individualised at both entry level and level 1, and enable learners to sample a range of subjects and make informed decisions regarding their next steps.

Course content

Key components of the Foundation Studies programme include:

  • Media, ICT and Photography
  • Sports, Leisure and Recreational Studies
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Retail/Stocktaking
  • Team Skills
  • Carpentry and Craft Skills
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • A Wide Range of Enrichment Activities

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements however learners need to demonstrate a commitment and willingness to work towards agreed goals and have the flexibility to participate in periods of extended work experience. Candidates may also be required to successfully completea preview programme which will be held at the end of June or beginning of July.

Future opportunities

Various roles in unskilled or semi-skilled employment.

Following completion of a Learning for Living and Work programme, learners may be able to progress to further study programmes within the STEPS (Supported Transition and Employment Pathways) area, progress onto a vocational course or an Apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016

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