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New Courses & Support for Newton Rigg Students
From September 2021, we will be offering new courses in uniformed public services and are accepting Newton Rigg applications for the second year of study in some course areas.
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Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning promotes a wide range of skills to prepare students for future work or further specialist study.

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Course Overview

There are varying pathways offered on this programme (subject to review each year):
Arts pathway
Construction pathway
Hospitality pathway
Animal care pathway
Land-based pathway

The Level 1 Introduction to Vocational Studies promotes a wide range of skills to prepare you for your future work or further specialist study (see list below). This programme supports personal development and lifelong learning while promoting independence and preparation for employment.

It is a flexible one year programme which can be extended to two years. Class sizes are small, and support is available during lessons, breaks and at lunchtime.

Vocational tasters and work-based opportunities are an integral part of this programme. Learners develop their English and Maths skills as well as a range of other skills that will stand them in good stead for accessing the College learning environment in the future.

What will I learn?
The Introduction to Vocational Studies programme will provide you with an opportunity to:
- Pathways to employment in particular sectors.
- Experience a variety of vocational subjects offered by the College.
- Improve your Maths and English.
- Develop communication and team working skills through a rich programme of indoor/outdoor activity.
-Pathway related units relating to the following areas: arts, hospitality, animal care and construction.

How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through a variety of methods, demonstration of practical skills, discussions, written tasks and oral presentations. You will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry Requirements

You need to be able to demonstrate that you are working at Entry Level 3/GCSE Level 1 (or above) in Maths and English. As part of the admission process, you will be invited to attend two taster sessions. You and your parent/s or guardian/s will then be invited to attend an interview and asked to bring your Educational and Health Care Plan to interview if you have one.

After Your Course

Typical progression routes:
- Level 1 Exploring the Caring Sector
- Level 1 Professional Cookery
- Level 1 Construction
- Level 1 Hairdressing
- Level 1 Beauty
- Level 1 Motor Vehicle
- First Award in Animal Care
- Supported Internship
- Employment
- Vocational Level 2 programmes (depending on aptitude, skills and qualifications)

Join us at our next

Open Evening

5 May 2021 16:00 – 20:00