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Foundation Business and Retail Pathway

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This pathway is for young people who want to explore a career in business through a full-time college course and may need support with English, maths and personal development.

On the Foundation Business and Retail pathway, you will take part in practical activities and assessment is continuous, rather than by exam.

Our job coaches will support you to complete work experience in business and retail as part of your course.

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

This course will give you an introduction to business and retail, as well as time to think about your future career. We arrange for support from our college Careers Advisers who are there to help you choose your next step.

You will also gain wider personal development skills vital for success in further study or employment. They include self-confidence, working with others, taking responsibility and time management. By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight in future study or careers open to you.

 

How I'll learn

Learning will take place through a range of classroom based activities, practical hands on learning, research activities, educational visits and work experience.

You will learn in a supported environment at a pace that suits you. You will have the chance to complete a vocational qualification and this will give you practical hands-on experience.

You will take part in interactive and fun activities where assessment is continuous rather than by exam and you will complete a portfolio as evidence of your learning. This is a one year full-time course which you attend three days a week. 

Your tutor will work with you to set individual learning targets each term and you will get feedback on your progress. You will take part in interactive and fun activities where assessment is continuous rather than by exam and you will complete a portfolio as evidence of your learning.

 

 

How I'll be assessed

You will be assessed through creating a folder of evidence for each subject. You will be assessed at a level that suits you. Functional skills and GCSE maths and English will be assessed through external examinations.

You will gain a Vocational Certificate in Learning, Employability and Progression on completion of your studies.

On successful completion of the course, you may move on to a full-time Level 2 course, an apprenticeship or employment.

 

Entry Requirements

You do not need qualifications to join these pathways. However, you will need a successful interview with a member of the teaching team to show your commitment to full time study and your interest in the subject. 

You need a basic level of literacy and numeracy to apply for this course. The commitment to work towards improving English and maths is required for this programme. Both Functional skill and GCSE re-sits are offered. We will also expect a satisfactory school report. 

As part of your interview we will assess your levels of English and maths and advise you of the most appropriate level to study.

 

How to Apply

To register your interest and contact the Foundation Learning team you do not need to complete the full college application form. Please complete the form here.

 

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