These one-year programmes are for 16-18 year-olds who already know a small amount of English. Students can join throughout the year.
There are no formal entry requirements. You will take an English assessment to find out what your current level of English is in the four skill areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, and to identify areas that you need to develop. You will also be assessed for Maths and ICT to identify your level. For your first visit to college you will need to bring your passport, or Home Office documents/visas, full address and your parents'/carers' telephone numbers. If you are looked after by Social Services you will need to bring a letter from Social Services, which clearly states your name, date of birth and address, your legal status in this country and contact details for your social worker.
You will follow a core programme of English with elements of Citizenship, Maths and ICT/Computers. In addition you will be able to improve your English by choosing options from vocational subjects, such as Science, Digital Skills, Health & Social Care and Multiskills. You will also be given the opportunity to do work experience and vocational taster courses.
We organise a range of enrichment activities, such as trips, cinema visits, meals and fundraising, and we also celebrate festivals from different cultures and religions. We have speakers within the college and from outside who will come and give you information about Sexual Health, Drugs, Sport, Careers, Health, Money, Safety, Volunteering Opportunities and many more subjects.
You will be continually assessed by your teacher throughout the programme, and those ready to sit exams (nationally recognised qualifications) will be offered the opportunity to do so in December, March and June. You will also have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications in ICT/Computers, Mathematics, Work Skills, Business Administration, Sport, Travel and Tourism, Science and Public Services.
You can progress to vocational courses in college, apply for a traineeship or go on to employment.