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Pathfinder Programme: Banbury

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Aged 16–18 and looking to start college in January? Join the Pathfinder programme in January 2019!

Ideally suited for young people who are looking to change course or get back in to education after a break.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

If you aren’t currently in education, employment or training, and you don’t know what to do next, you can start a full-time Activate Learning Pathfinder programme in January 2019. By enrolling on to the Pathfinder programme at City of Oxford College, Reading College or Banbury and Bicester College, you will be supported to make informed decisions about your future.

This flexible programme is designed around your requirements and lifestyle, and is aimed at giving you the best possible start in your further education or career. Pathfinder will enable you to progress onto a full-time course at any of our colleges in September 2019, or develop the skills to enter employment directly after completion of the programme.

This programme is ideally suited to young people aged 16–18 who are looking to change course, or get back in to education after a break. 

What does the programme include?

  • Classes in the subjects you enjoy or want to find out more about
  • An opportunity to develop your English and maths skills, whilst working towards achieving your GCSEs
  • Relevant work experience with a local company
  • Mentoring and coaching to ensure you achieve your best
  • Access to a wide range of college resources and facilities
  • A buddy to help you make friends and settle in to college life

How to enquire and apply

More information about the programme

  • The programme starts on Monday 21 January 2019, although rolling starts are possible
  • Upon application or referral, applicants will be invited to a 1:1 interview 
  • Students will join existing vocational classes
  • All Pathfinder students will come together for a group tutorial on Wednesdays between 1–2pm at each campus
  • Students will have regular 1:1 coaching with a Performance Coach
  • Students will either complete individual units within their chosen subject or a project which allows them to sample multiple disciplines
  • Students will study towards GCSE English and maths, or an in-house college certificate in English and maths, depending on your start date
  • To guarantee progression to an Activate Learning programme in September 2019, students must have 90%+ attendance and a positive reference from your tutor