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Foundation Learning at Wakefield College

2010/2011

Foundation Learning Excellence


Foundation Learning Excellence

FLEX stands for Foundation Learning Excellence. All FLEX programmes are designed to help you to progress to your chosen destination whether this is a Level 2 course at the College, an Apprenticeship, employment with training, supported employment or independent living.

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FLEX programmes give you the chance to focus on a particular area of study or to try out an area and see whether it suits you. FLEX programmes have a blend of three types of learning to help you to achieve all the skills you’ll need to progress. Your own personal programme might include studying one or more vocational areas, a personal and social development programme, English, maths and IT; it all depends on your planned progression route and the skills and qualifications you have already. In addition, you will benefit from regular tutorial support and enrichment opportunities such as becoming a Student Ambassador or taking part in an overseas placement. One advantage of following a FLEX programme is that your qualifications will build up during the year and you will receive recognition as your skills develop. We will also make sure that you’re given the appropriate advice and guidance before, during and after your programme so that you can achieve what you set out to achieve and progress to your chosen destination.

Each FLEX programme is designed to suit different individuals; the one you choose will depend on your current qualifications and skills, your chosen destination and your preferences in how and where you like to study. To apply for any of our FLEX Programmes you need to complete the College Application Form or the Common Application Form (CAP) and indicate the FLEX area you are interested in. For example, if you’re interested in Construction at Level 1 in a College environment, FLEX Vocational might be for you so you need to write ‘FLEX Vocational Construction’ in the course title box on our application form.

The length of time a FLEX programme takes will depend on where you want to get to and the skills you already have. Once you have successfully completed a FLEX programme you will be equipped with everything you need to progress to your next level of study. Wakefield College has five different types of FLEX programme: · · · · ·

FLEX Vocational FLEX Options FLEX Personal Progress FLEX Partnerships FLEX Engagement

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FLEX Vocational FLEX Vocational is for you if you are ready to work towards a Level 1 qualification in a vocational area. If you have decided that you want to study in one particular area and would like to do this in a College environment, then FLEX Vocational is the route you should take.

I really enjoyed everything we did on the course, especially making a lot of new friends, and all the support and advice the tutors gave me! One of my tutors even put me in touch with a large construction company and his reference helped me to get an interview for a job as an apprentice bricklayer.” Mathew –– Level 1 Construction Diploma (Bricklaying)

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FLEX Vocational is available at all three of our campuses, and, like all our FLEX Programmes, is a blend of vocational qualifications, functional skills and personal and social development. Most people start FLEX Vocational programmes in September, but there are other opportunities to join a programme during the year. FLEX Vocational programmes are designed to give you all the skills you need to move to a Level 2 destination.


Expressive and Creative Arts LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

Thornes Park Campus Level 1 Full-time/Up to 1 year course Edexcel

Are you a creative person? This course will help you to express your creativity and explore various areas within performing arts and art and design. What you will study A mixture of units developing your skills in performing arts and art and design. How you will learn Workshops and practical sessions are the core of this course, enabling you to work in our specialist studios and theatres. You will also learn by visiting theatres, art galleries and other relevant places of interest. How you will be assessed Through performances, practical and theory-based project work in performing arts and art and design. Entry requirements At least one of: - - - - -

GCSEs at grades D to G including English Entry Certificate in Skills for Working Life, Life Skills, Foundation Learning or other Entry Level qualifications Entry 3 numeracy qualification. If you do not have this, we can assess your level of numeracy Related interests and experiences Commitment and enthusiasm

Caring for Children LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/Flexible duration Edexcel BTEC

If your ambition is to work with children and young people, this course will act as a stepping stone on the way to a fulfilling career. The course provides a new and flexible approach to learning, with various start dates throughout the year. So don’t worry if September has already passed - there will still be the opportunity to join the course and achieve a qualification. What you will study - Valuing children as individuals - Children’s learning through everyday experiences - Communication skills with children - Planning for the physical and emotional care needs of children - Creating activities for young children - Keeping children safe - Encouraging children to eat healthily - Books, stories, poems and rhymes for children - Physical activities for children How you will learn Through classroom-based activities and independent learning. How you will be assessed Continuous assessment of assignments. Entry requirements Three GCSE grades E - G to include English and Maths.

Further study A Merit in this course will enable you to move on to a Level 2 course in Performing Arts or Art and Design, or a Level 2 course in a different sector.

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Career opportunities As the course is designed to give you an insight into the industry, you would normally progress to a higher level course which would enable you to find work in a wide range of areas related to performing arts or art and design.

Further study Level 2, with the necessary number of credits and Functional Skills qualifications.

Course structure Classroom: 20% / Practical: 80%

Entry 3 in literacy and numeracy. Consideration will be given regarding minimum requirements for any students with extenuating circumstances.

Career opportunities This course can lead to higher level studies which will open the door to a wide range of careers in childcare including playwork, childminding, teaching and nursing. Course structure Classroom: 100%

Construction LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/1 year course Edexcel BTEC

If you are interested in a career in Construction, this course will give you a firm foundation in both the theory and practical of some trades that form part of the Construction Sector. Work in our purpose-built Construction Centre using up-to date equipment, tools and materials to gain the skills and the knowledge needed to start building a career in construction. What you will study Units will be in: - - - - - - - - - -

Producing a Timber Product Starting work in Construction Health and Safety and welfare in Construction Working as a team to move and handle resources Developing bricklaying skills Developing carpentry skills Developing Joinery skills Developing plumbing skills Developing Construction drawing skills Developing electrical installation skills

How you will learn Practical, hands-on activities and by observing demonstrations, practice your skills and classroom-based theory lessons. How you will be assessed Continuous assessment by theory assignments and practical tasks. Entry requirements Entry Level 3 literacy and numeracy. If you don’t have the relevant qualifications, we can assess your current level of literacy and numeracy. A successful interview. Further study Progression to a range of Level 1 or 2 courses. Career opportunities This course is intended to provide a foundation for further study or training prior to entering the world of work. Course structure Classroom: 30% / Practical: 70% Subject to approval. Foundation Learning Excellence

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Construction (Bricklaying) LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/1 year course Construction Skills/City & Guilds

Construction (Carpentry and Joinery) LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/1 year course Construction Skills/City & Guilds

Work in our purpose-built Construction Centre using up-todate equipment, tools and materials to gain the skills and knowledge you need to start building a career in brickwork.

If you’re interested in a career in Carpentry and Joinery this practical course taught by specialists in our well-equipped workshops will provide a firm foundation for future success.

What you will study All the practical skills required in the construction of brickwork including basic blocklaying and bricklaying skills, and basic cavity walling. Theoretical elements including technical drawing, technology, Health & Safety and site procedures.

What you will study Practical and theoretical units in carpentry and joinery related subjects such as Health and Safety, hand tools, powered hand tools, basic woodworking joints, access equipment, building workplace relationships and organising and planning work. All these units lead into the Diploma Level 2, at which point you can choose to study Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery.

How you will learn Mostly by carrying out realistic practical projects in the workshops, but also by attending lectures and tutorials and working through study packages. How you will be assessed Continuous assessment of your practical tasks and online tests at the end of each unit. Entry requirements Selection test and interview. Entry 3 literacy and numeracy qualifications. If you do not have these, we can assess your current level of literacy and/or numeracy. Further study NVQ Level 1 (subject to employment), or Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying. Career opportunities This qualification will enable you to apply for an apprenticeship within the construction industry. Course structure Classroom: 33% / Practical: 67%

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How you will learn Through practical projects, working through associated study packages and attending lectures and tutorials. How you will be assessed Assessment is continuous by completing practical tasks and written tests. Entry requirements Selection test and interview. You will also be required to complete the College’s initial assessment in literacy and numeracy to a minimum of Entry 3. Further study This course leads directly into the Diploma Level 2 in either Site Carpentry or Bench Joinery. Career opportunities This qualification will develop your basic skills and knowledge to enable you to start a career in the construction industry. Course structure Classroom: 50% / Practical: 50%

Performing Engineering Operations LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/1 year course EAL

Thinking about a career in engineering? This highly flexible, practically-based course could be your first step. What you will study Three mandatory units: - Working Safely in an Engineering Environment - Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering - Using and Communicating Technical Information Additional units: - - - -

Making Components using Hand Tools and Fitting Techniques Engineering Machining Fabrication of Thick Plate Fabrication of Sheet Metal

How you will learn Practical, hands-on activities and portfolio building. How you will be assessed Continuous assessment in theory and practice. Entry requirements A keen interest in engineering plus Entry 3 literacy and numeracy qualifications. If you do not have the relevant literacy/numeracy qualifications, we can assess you. Interview/selection test. Further study Performing Engineering Operations Level 2. Career opportunities This course is a first step towards a range of careers in engineering. Course structure Classroom: 20% / Practical: 80%


Beauty Therapy LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/1 year course VTCT

Combined Hair and Beauty LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/1 year course VTCT

Hairdressing LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/1 year course VTCT

Are you a motivated individual with a keen interest in beauty therapy? This course could be your first step towards a rewarding career.

Are you a motivated individual with a keen interest in both hairdressing and beauty therapy? This course could be your first step towards a rewarding career in either field.

If you are a motivated individual with a keen interest in hairdressing, this course could be your first step towards a rewarding career.

What you will study Introduction to the hair and beauty sector, personal and social development, presenting a professional image in a salon, create an image using colour for the hair and beauty sector. Health and safety, basic manicures and pedicures, basic skin care and makeup, provide basic nail art, salon reception duties and creating retail displays, head massage, themed face painting, the art of photographic make-up.

What you will study Introduction to the hair and beauty sector, personal and social development, presenting a professional image in a salon, create an image using colour for the hair and beauty sector. Health and safety, basic manicures and pedicures, basic skin care and make- up, provide basic nail art, salon reception duties and creating retail displays head massage, themed face painting, the art of photographic make-up and head massage, shampoo and conditioning hair, hair plaiting and styling women’s hair.

What you will study You will study a range of units including:

How you will learn By observing demonstrations, practising your skills and learning the theory behind the practice. You will spend at least Three days in College with one day study leave to research and produce documentation for projects and assignments. How you will be assessed Practical assessment through observation of skills and oral questioning. Theoretical assessment through assignments, project and written tests. You will have the opportunity to build up your qualifications throughout the year. Entry requirements Entry level 3 communication, literacy and numeracy. If you do not have the relevant qualifications we can assess your current level of literacy and numeracy. You will be asked to complete a vocational task. Successful interview and positive school report required.

How you will learn By observing demonstrations, practising your skills and learning the theory behind the practice. You will spend at least Three days in cCollege with one day study leave to research and produce documentation for projects and assignments. How you will be assessed Practical assessment through observation of skills and oral questioning. Theoretical assessment through assignments, project and written tests. You will have the opportunity to build up your qualifications throughout the year. Entry requirements Entry level 3 communication, literacy and numeracy. If you do not have the relevant qualifications we can assess your current level of literacy and numeracy. You will be asked to complete a vocational task. Successful interview and positive school report required.

Further study This course will support you in progressing to a Level 2 course such as the Level 2 diploma in beauty specialist techniques or nail services.

Further study This course will support you in progressing to a Level 2 course such as the Level 2 diploma in beauty specialist techniques or the Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hair.

Career opportunities Assistant beauty therapist or a trainee within a beauty salon.

Career opportunities Assistant beauty therapist or a trainee within a hair or beauty salon.

Further information Motivation, enthusiasm and 100% attendance and punctuality is required to enable you to achieve this in-depth and rewarding course.

Further information Motivation, enthusiasm and 100% attendance and punctuality is required to enable you to achieve this in-depth and rewarding course.

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Introduction to the hair & beauty sector How to be professional Shampooing and conditioning the hair Styling men’s and women’s hair Colour hair using temporary colour The art of dressing hair Health & safety Reception duties

How you will learn Practical assignments in the College’s hairdressing salons and classroom-based theory work. How you will be assessed Continuous assessment by theory assignments, written tests, practical work, oral questions and portfolio building. You will have the opportunity to build up your qualifications throughout the year. Entry requirements We will assess your current level of literacy and numeracy which would normally need to be at Entry 3 level. A successful interview and positive school report will be required. Further study This course will support you in progressing to a Level 2 course such as the Level 2 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing. Career opportunities Salon trainee or assistant. Course structure Classroom: 55% / Practical: 45%

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Health and Social Care LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

Wakefield Campus Level 1 Full-time/flexible duration Edexcel BTEC

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Wakefield Campus Level 1 Full time, 2 Semesters City & Guilds

The Hospitality and Catering Industry offers a large selection of career paths in professional cookery, food service, bar service and hotel work. This practically-based programme will provide you with the basic skills that you will need to either get employment or progress to the next level.

What you will study If you complete the full year you will study the following units:-

What you will study Introduction to the Hospitality Industry, Customer Service, Food Service, Drink Service, Basic Food Preparation, Food Safety, Personal and Social Development and Functional Skills.

Health and Social Care Needs Creative and Leisure Activities for Adults in Health and Social Care Managing your Health at Work Promoting Healthy Eating in Care Creative Activities for Children Health and Social Care Group Project Communication with Adults and Children in Health and Social Care Personal Care in Health and Social Care Learning Experiences for Children and Young People

How you will learn You will be involved in a variety of activities, including workbooks, poster work, research and practical activities. How you will be assessed By completing workbooks or assignments. Entry requirements Three GCSEs at grades E - G including English and Maths or Entry 3 literacy and numeracy qualifications. If you do not have these, we can assess you. You will also need a satisfactory reference. Consideration will be given regarding minimum requirements for any student with extenuating circumstances. Further study With the correct credits and Functional Skills you can progress to a Level 2 qualification such as the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Career opportunities This course is intended to provide a foundation for further study or training prior to entering the world of work.

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These Level 1 qualifications are designed to give you a broad overview of Health and Social Care, an idea of what it’s like to work in this sector and a look at the different areas within it. There are various different start dates and you can gain the Award in as little as six weeks and the Diploma in one year.

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Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

Course structure Classroom: 100%

A large proportion of your studies will take place in our training restaurant, bar and kitchens. How you will learn By carrying out practical class in our training facilities and by classroom based activities including lectures and resource based learning. How you will be assessed Each unit is assessed by a separate assignment and/or set tests. Entry requirements Entry Level 3 in Literacy and Numeracy Consideration will be given regarding entry requirements for any students with extenuating circumstances. Further study Level 2 in Professional Cookery and Food Service. Career opportunities This programme can lead on to move to more advanced qualifications that will open the door to a wide range of careers in the Hospitality Industry. Course structure Classroom: 30% / practical: 70%


Digital Applications for IT Users LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

Wakefield Campus Level 1 Full-time/ up to 1 year course Edexcel

If you are interested in a career or further study in IT, this course will give you a firm foundation in the relevant skills to help you progress. You will be able to build up your qualifications throughout the year. What you will study You will study a range of units including: - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Improving Productivity Using IT IT User Fundamentals IT Communications Fundamentals IT Software Fundamentals Using the Internet Using Email Design Software Imaging Software Desktop Publishing Software Multimedia Software Spreadsheet Software Website Software Word Processing Software

How you will learn Through the use of a variety of software packages. How you will be assessed By submission of e-portfolios and paper-based assignments for each unit. Entry requirements You will need Entry 3 literacy and numeracy qualifications. If you do not have the relevant level of qualification, we can assess your current level of literacy and numeracy via online tests and a piece of written work. Further study BTEC Level 2 Diploma in ICT or other Level 2 programmes. Career opportunities A wide range of opportunities in many industries. Course structure Classroom: 30% / Practical: 70%

Information Technology LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

Wakefield Campus Level 1 Full-time/1 year course OCR

Are you interested in joining a fast-growing and dynamic sector with excellent job prospects? The new Diploma in Information Technology gives you the chance to learn in different settings and explore technology and the role it plays in organisations and in society as a whole. What you will study Three main themes: Business - how organisations work and the role of technology; People - how to work well with other people; Technology - how to create technology solutions. You will take Functional Skills at Level 1 in English, Maths and ICT, complete a project and take part in work experience. You will be able to take additional qualifications such as GCSEs or AiDA while you study for the Diploma. How you will learn Through a lively mix of classroom learning, practical projects, individual review sessions and input from local business people and industry practitioners. The Diploma takes a practical, scenario-based approach, using work-related examples and case-studies. How you will be assessed Mainly through internally set and assessed coursework, plus one short answer and multiple-choice question paper. Entry requirements Entry 3 literacy and numeracy qualifications. If you do not have these, we can assess your current levels. Further study Progression to a range of Level 2 courses, including but not limited to further courses in IT. Career opportunities Almost all organisations use IT systems. This qualification will enable you to enter employment at a junior level in a wide range of roles. Course structure Classroom: 30% / Practical: 70%

Motorcycle Studies LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/36 week course ABC

Work on the College’s stock of motorcycles, including scooters, off-road bikes, touring bikes and sports bikes, and gain an introduction to both the practical and theoretical aspects of motorcycle maintenance and repair. What you will study All aspects of motorcycle technology, with industry standards applied throughout. Subjects are broken down into areas of study such as Health and Safety, correct use of tools and equipment, basic servicing, and preparation for riding and use. How you will learn Practical work in the motor vehicle workshops and classroom based theory lessons. The course is divided into three qualifications (Award, Certificate and Diploma), each qualification being delivered over a 12 week period. Provided your performance is satisfactory, you may progress through the qualifications to complete the Diploma at the end of 36 weeks. How you will be assessed Continuous assessment of practical workshop tasks and compilation of a portfolio of evidence of tasks completed, plus oral and written tests. Entry requirements Entry 3 literacy and numeracy qualifications. If you do not have these, we can assess you. You will also need enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the subject, demonstrated at the selection tests and interview. Further study On completion of the ABC Level 1 course you could progress to a variety of vocationally relevant qualifications at Wakefield College such as the City & Guilds 4101 Certificate Level 2. Career opportunities With the appropriate experience and qualifications, various roles within the motorcycle industry. This is an industry which is constantly evolving and where technology is moving fast, so you will need to be ready to continue learning throughout your working life. Course structure Classroom: 50% / Practical: 50% Foundation Learning Excellence

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Light Vehicle Service and Repair LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/36 week course ABC

If you are interested in a career as a motor mechanic, this course will give you a firm foundation in both the theory and practice of motor vehicle repair and related fields. You will work in our well-equipped motor vehicle workshops in our stunning new campus, the skillsXchange. What you will study You will study Health and Safety as a mandatory unit, then gradually build up knowledge and practical expertise relating to engine liquid cooling and engine lubrication; steering and suspension; braking systems; vehicle inspection, wheels and tyres; valeting; battery and lighting systems. How you will learn In the College’s fully-equipped motor vehicle workshops and in the classroom. The course is divided into three qualifications (Award, Certificate and Diploma), each qualification being delivered over a 12 week period. Provided your performance is satisfactory, you will progress through the qualifications to complete the Diploma at the end of 36 weeks. How you will be assessed By continuous assessment within the workshops and oral/ written testing. Entry requirements Entry 3 literacy and numeracy qualifications. If you do not have the relevant level of qualification, we can assess you. You will also need a genuine interest in the subject and lots of enthusiasm, demonstrated at a selection test and interview. Further study On completion of the ABC Level 1 course you could progress to a variety of vocationally relevant qualifications at Wakefield College such as the City & Guilds 4101 Certificate Level 2. Career opportunities With the appropriate experience and qualifications, various roles within the motor vehicle industry. Course structure Classroom: 50% / Practical: 50% 10

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Motor Vehicle Body Repair LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

skillsXchange Level 1 Full-time/36 week course ABC

Are you aiming at a career in the Motor Vehicle Industry? This course will provide you with a solid foundation for further study. What you will study The course covers all the basic vehicle systems and technologies you will need in starting a career within the Motor Industry. These include Health & Safety, Engineering, Vehicle Inspection, Body Repair, Paint Refinishing, Valeting, Customer Care, Steering and Suspension, Battery and Lighting and Motorcycle Maintenance. You will also study appropriate Functional Skills in English, Maths and IT. How you will learn In the College’s fully-equipped motor vehicle workshops and in the classroom. The course is divided into three qualifications (Award, Certificate and Diploma), each qualification being delivered over a 12 week period. Provided your performance is satisfactory, you may progress through the qualifications to complete the Diploma at the end of 36 weeks. How you will be assessed By continuous assessment and oral/ written testing. Entry requirements Entry 3 literacy and numeracy qualifications. If you do not have the relevant qualifications, we can assess your current level of literacy and/or numeracy. You will also need a genuine interest in the subject and lots of enthusiasm, demonstrated at a selection test and interview. Further study On completion of the ABC course you could progress to a variety of vocationally relevant qualifications at Wakefield College such as the City & Guilds 4101 Certificate Level 2. Career opportunities With the appropriate experience and qualifications, various roles within the motor vehicle industry. This is an industry which is constantly evolving and where technology is moving fast, so you will need to be ready to continue learning throughout your working life. Course structure Classroom: 50% / Practical: 50%

Sport and Public Services LOCATION: LEVEL: COURSE LENGTH: QUALIFICATION:

Thornes Park Campus Level 1 Full-time/1 year course Edexcel

Sport or Public Services? If you’re unsure where your career lies this course could help you decide. It’s full of lively, useful and interesting subjects relevant to both sport and public services to help you set out on the right path. What you will study Subjects include: teamwork, working in sport or public services, health and fitness, outdoor activities, map reading and navigation, personal skills, sports participation. How you will learn Through class work, team sports and other practicals, visits and outdoor activities. How you will be assessed Through written or practical assignments. Entry requirements Four GCSEs at D - G or successful completion of a recognised Entry Level course. Other relevant qualifications or experience may be considered. You will also need Entry 3 literacy and numeracy qualifications. If you do not have the relevant level of literacy and numeracy qualification, we can assess you. Further study Level 2 qualifications in Sport, Public Services or Exercise and fitness. Career opportunities This course is the first step for those who are interested in developing skills relevant to a career within the sport or public service sectors. Course structure This course is mainly classroom based, but there are also practical sessions both on-site and through regular visits to other facilities. Many of the classroom sessions also have practical elements to them.


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FLEX Options Our FLEX Options programmes are available at our city centre campus in Margaret Street and at the skillsXchange at Glasshoughton.

FLEX Options is designed to give you a taste of studying particular vocational subjects at Entry 2 or Entry 3 level and, at the same time, to improve your maths, English and IT. You will also develop your personal, social and employability skills including Career Exploration, Team Working, and Working to Good Practice Standards. FLEX Options is perfect for you if you aren’t yet sure which vocational area you might like to study full time. There are three entry points to FLEX Options so you can choose when you begin your time at College. The length of your programme will depend on what you need to achieve to progress to your chosen destination. Vocational areas for FLEX Options are shown below but if you know you’re interested in trying something that’s not on the list, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help. - Construction - Art & Design - Performing Arts - IT - Travel & Tourism - Health & Social Care 12

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- Horticulture - Sport - Business Admin - Animal Care - Motor Vehicle - Hospitality/Catering

Level 2 Destinations

FLEX Vocational

FLEX Partnership

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FLEX Personal Progress If you want to develop your independence, your confidence and personal and social skills, FLEX Personal Progress may be the programme for you. You will achieve qualifications at Entry 1 level and will receive a detailed profile of the progress you make during your programme.

Designed to be an important step towards supported employment or independent living, FLEX Personal Progress replaces both the Access to Independence and Lifelines programmes. FLEX Personal Progress is based at our Thornes Park campus and you will concentrate on improving your personal and social development and on developing your basic skills. There are three entry points onto FLEX Personal Progress each year and you would usually stay on FLEX Personal Progress for up to three years.

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Level 2 Destinations

Alternative route FLEX Vocational

Typically, your units of study would include: - Healthy Living - Engaging with the World - Relationships - Rights and Responsibilities - Developing Self

- Problem Solving - Working with Others - Citizenship - Getting on with Others

During this programme you will be involved in active learning through a series of projects which allow you to action plan, and produce evidence for your portfolio. Typical projects include a photography exhibition, a performance, an enterprise craft business and a cafĂŠ.

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FLEX Partnership FLEX Partnership is the programme that replaces e2e provision at the College.

Designed to be delivered in conjunction with a Training Provider, FLEX Partnership enables you to develop your functional skills and to improve your personal and social development whilst focussing on one occupational area. Ideally suited to certain vocations, FLEX Partnership is currently available in Health and Social Care, Child Care, Military Preparation, Construction, and Employability. Like all FLEX programmes, FLEX Partnership is designed to blend personal and social development and functional skills with your chosen vocational area, and to enable you to build your qualifications through the process, whilst studying at a Training Provider’s premises rather than at College.

Level 2 Destinations

FLEX Vocational

FLEX Partnership programmes would normally last for up to 16 weeks and there are various entry points during the year.

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FLEX Engagement FLEX Engagement is a series of short courses that will enable you to achieve a qualification in your chosen area in a few weeks.

FLEX Engagement courses start every two weeks. This means you can begin to sample your chosen area whenever the time is right for you. The programme has been developed to support students who do not have a clear progression plan but who are keen to learn. Students who enrol on a FLEX Engagement programme will be able to progress to vocational qualifications and have the opportunity to seek further qualifications in their chosen field.

Likely route Alternative route

FLEX Vocational

FLEX Engagement is based around a series of projects and challenges which lead to recognised qualifications, for example: - Planning an Enterprise Activity - Managing Personal Risk - Healthy Living - Working Towards Goals - Exploring Career Choices - Career Management - Healthy Lifestyles - Managing Money Matters - Individual Rights & Responsibilities - Preparation for Work

Level 2 Destinations

FLEX Partnership

FLEX Options

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General Telephone: 01924 789789 Course Information: 01924 789111 Minicom: 01924 789270 General Enquires: info@wakefield.ac.uk Course Information: courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk Website: www.wakefield.ac.uk Wakefield Campus, Margaret Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2DH Thornes Park Campus, Thornes Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 8QZ skillsXchange, Thunderhead Ridge, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 4UA All Wakefield College Prospectuses are available in text format on the College website. Alternative formats are available on request. Phone 01924 789228 for details.


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