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Pathways at Oldham College

Course description

Pathway to Progression and Pathway to Vocational : Level 1

The two Pathway Programmes are specifically designed to enable learners to progress to mainstream programmes, Apprenticeships, Traineeships or other employment with training.  The provision is for vocationally undecided young people, or for those who do not yet meet the entry requirements for Level 1 courses in other Faculty areas.

Students who attain qualifications quickly may progress to some level 2 provision in other Faculties e.g January.

Pathway to Progression programme, you will work towards a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Employability, and you will access taster sessions in other vocational faculties.

Pathway to Vocational Level 1 you will progress to the Level 1 Certificate in Employability and select a specialism for 4 hours tuition in the vocational Faculty of your choice. The vocational areas you can choose from are: Sport; Construction; Motor Vehicle; Health & Social Care; Hair; Art; ICT and Retail.

All students will work towards GCSE or Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English. Your personal tutor will set and review individual targets to ensure you develop the skills that will enable you to succeed and progress on to higher level courses, Apprenticeships or employment. 

Course Content:

  • Pastoral/1-1 target setting   

  • Level 1 Award/Certificate in Employability

  • English GCSE or Functional Skills

  • Maths GCSE or Functional Skills

  • Life & Social Skills

  • Confidence-building, team-work and problem-solving

  • Enrichment & Enterprise projects.

  • Work experience.

Course content

Pathway to Progression and Pathway to Vocational : Level 1

The two Pathway Programmes are specifically designed to enable learners to progress to mainstream programmes, Apprenticeships, Traineeships or other employment with training.  The provision is for vocationally undecided young people, or for those who do not yet meet the entry requirements for Level 1 courses in other Faculty areas.

Students who attain qualifications quickly may progress to some level 2 provision in other Faculties e.g January.

Pathway to Progression programme, you will work towards a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Employability, and you will access taster sessions in other vocational faculties.

Pathway to Vocational Level 1 you will progress to the Level 1 Certificate in Employability and select a specialism for 4 hours tuition in the vocational Faculty of your choice. The vocational areas you can choose from are: Sport; Construction; Motor Vehicle; Health & Social Care; Hair; Art; ICT and Retail.

All students will work towards GCSE or Functional Skills qualifications in maths and English. Your personal tutor will set and review individual targets to ensure you develop the skills that will enable you to succeed and progress on to higher level courses, Apprenticeships or employment. 

Course Content:

  • Pastoral/1-1 target setting   

  • Level 1 Award/Certificate in Employability

  • English GCSE or Functional Skills

  • Maths GCSE or Functional Skills

  • Life & Social Skills

  • Confidence-building, team-work and problem-solving

  • Enrichment & Enterprise projects.

  • Work experience.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

There are no qualifications required for these courses.

They are designed for students with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND).

 

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

 

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

 

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

 

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

 

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

Assessment

Some class sizes will be small and much of your learning will take place through practical activities.

You will be taught by a highly qualified team of tutors, dedicated to ensuring your learning experience is fun, challenging and meaningful. You may be eligible for specialist additional learning support, but we will always strive to support your individual needs. You will have targets set specifically for your needs and end goals, which will be monitored and reviewed regularly with your Personal Tutor, to ensure your learning journey stays on track. We have strong links with family and professionals who are invited to be involved in all aspects of your education and progress.

Method of assessments are varied to meet your needs and abilities and will include written and verbal assessments, observation and witness statements, photographic and video evidence.

GCSE maths and English will be an externally set exam.

Financial information

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Future opportunities

Level 1-2 programme's in Vocational Faculties

Traineeships or Apprenticeships

Employment

Support Internship.

Further information

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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