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Foundation Learning Pathways (Construction and Introduction to Vehicle Technology) Entry Level 3 at Croydon College

Course description

This course is for you if you have not achieved at GCSE level and wish to work towards gaining a vocational qualification and improve your literacy, numeracy, IT and employability skills.

You will have the chance to try out pathways in in Construction and Introduction to Vehicle Technology as one vocational taster per term.

Construction

You will learn to produce a three-dimensional timber product (for example tray, picture frame, mirror frame) and develop the skills needed to manufacture a product in timber and timber sheet materials. The first part of the course gives you the opportunity to practise cutting corner halving joints and in the second you will manufacture a frame using the same joints.  The final part of the course will introduce you to the hand tools and materials used to decorate household goods and you will develop the practical skills needed to decorate household goods.

Vehicle Technology

You will learn the basics of servicing a light vehicle. You will also be introduced into fault finding and rectification, and be shown how to remove and replace parts associated with a “Fast-fit” centre. A portfolio will be developed showing witness statements of practical workshop activities, underpinning knowledge, and a single on-line exam result.

You will learn by applying your skills by working in small groups, making presentations, completing written assignments and practical tasks.

You will have a personal tutor who will help you be successful and make sure you are prepared for your next steps in learning.

You will also improve the skills you need to either get a job or improve the skills you already have such as working in a team, communication skills and researching different careers. 

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

Course content

Students have previously taken part in an activity day for a local nursery as part of the public services award, visited a car production line as part of their motor vehicle qualification and organised a trip to London Zoo and the Science Museum as part of their travel and tourism qualification.

You will have the opportunity to attend different events at the college which are attended by employers so you can find out about different career choices and participate in mock interviews. 

You will also have the opportunity to take part in sports activities such as football, take part in competitions, meet learners from different cultures and take part in community activities.

You will have access to state-of-the art facilities and to staff who are experienced in delivering these subjects. You will also have access to an outstanding learning resource centre which includes PCs so you can study independently

Entry requirements

After successfully completing this course you can progress onto Level 1 courses and/or Apprenticeships.

Former students have progressed onto university and careers in the retail, construction and child care sectors. 

Assessment

The vocational subjects are assessed by assignment and practical based assessments. You will also take functional skills exams in English, maths and ICT.

Future opportunities

Evidence of a commitment to learn shown at interview.

English assessed at Entry Level 2 or above.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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    • Course Information Centre
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8760 5914
    • Email address:
    • info@croydon.ac.uk

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    • We are:

      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport