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Welcome to the Progression department

Our department runs all the Foundation learning courses. These are courses at Entry level and Level 1 and are aimed at 16 – 18 year olds who have not achieved grade D or 3 or higher at GCSE. We offer a range of courses, so please click on the links to get more detailed information on the different options.

The Progression department has a suite of classrooms located on the 3rd floor of the building and the experienced teaching team also includes a Head of Department, a Senior Tutor and a Student achievement office. The team work closely to ensure that all students have an individual learning plan to make sure that you have the support you need to achieve and progress.

Foundation learning Courses Entry level/Level 1

These are designed for students who are unsure about their future work opportunities, and enables them to experience different subjects in applied areas before deciding on a career or educational pathway. We welcome students with no formal qualifications and varying learning needs who may require additional learning support to complete their studies. Assessments will be completed during interview and induction to identify the most appropriate programme.

Central to the course are units designed to develop the personal and social skills of students including the three functional skills of English, Maths and ICT needed for successful entry to all careers. Entry 2, 3 and Level 1 students extend their study by choosing from a range of applied pathways including:

  • Business
  • Creative arts
  • Health care

Assessment is by coursework and examination.

On completion of this course you will have a variety of progression pathways to choose from including the Level 1 applied Diplomas. Find out more about:

Business level 1
Child Care level 1
English plus ESOL Skills for Life


Bami was a student with sickle cell anaemia. Despite this, through hard work and dedication she achieved and progressed onto Level 2 & then Level 3 Music and is now at university

What Ofsted had to say

“Staff use appropriate methods to assess the individual help students need to complete their learning. Individual help provided to students in lessons enables them to integrate, learn effectively and make good progress in their studies. Those students for whom the college receives high-needs funding benefit from specialist help. For example, they receive speech and language therapy, help to travel on public transport independently and learn how to make the necessary adaptations for living an independent adult life.”

(Ofsted, April 2018)

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