PROGRAMMES OVERVIEW

We offer a wide range of qualifications as part of our programme. We have the flexibility to work with the learner to arrange a qualification set that best meets their needs.

As well as offering GCSE in English, Maths and Science, we deliver a range of nationally recognised vocational qualifications up to level 2. Our team work together to offer a cross-curricular approach to learning, this allows our learners to practice numeracy and literacy skills in topic areas they are interested in, thereby building confidence and self-esteem.

All of our learners have experienced difficulties in mainstream education and we try to develop a personalised curriculum through our education programme that will support them to make positive changes.

All our learners are allocated a keyworker to offer one-to-one support centred on building a solid relationship with a role model, setting goals and resolving problems. Keyworkers set targets which focus on three key areas that will lead to success, better attendance and positive behaviour.

Everyone has time for me and they understand me. I can see myself working somewhere like Active Support in the future.

-Young Person

ENGLISH

Qualifications

Entry Level Award & Entry Level Certification in English Skills
AQA GCSE English Language

English, Maths and ICT skills are important within all aspects of everyday life. We make sure that all learners have the chance to develop the skills needed to succeed in education and in the workplace.

-English & Maths Tutor

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS IN ENGLISH

Course Overview

Ascentis Entry Level Awards and Certificate in English Skills

This Entry 3 suite of Awards in aspects of English is aimed at adults and young people who wish to improve their English. The Awards are intended to aid progression, either to further study through English Functional Skills or GCSE English qualifications. The individual stand-alone units have been mapped to the Adult Literacy Core Curriculum. An Entry 3 Certificate in English Skills is also available. This is suitable for those who wish to improve all aspects of their English.

Exam dates are available on demand and we enter students when they feel they are ready to pass the exam.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Course Overview

AQA GCSE English Language

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

This specification will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

Exam dates are available on demand and we enter students when they feel they are ready to pass the exam.

MATHS

Qualifications

Age:

Entry Level Award & Entry Level Certification in Mathematical Skills
AQA GCSE Mathematics

English, Maths and ICT skills are important within all aspects of everyday life. We make sure that all learners have the chance to develop the skills needed to succeed in education and in the workplace.

-English & Maths Tutor

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS IN MATHS

Course Overview

Ascentis Entry Level Awards and Certificate in Mathematical Skills

The Ascentis Entry 3 Awards in Mathematical Skills and the Entry 3 Certificate in Mathematical Skills are ideal qualifications for adults and young people wishing to develop their mathematical skills at Entry 3. They are intended to aid progression to further study through Mathematics Functional Skills qualifications. The Ascentis Entry 3 Awards in Mathematical Skills are a range of small qualifications which have been designed to ‘bridge the gap’ in learners’ mathematical knowledge, thus focusing on developing confidence and ability.

Exam dates are available on demand and we enter students when they feel they are ready to pass the exam.

GCSE MATHEMATICS

Course Overview

AQA GCSE Mathematics

AQA GCSE Mathematics is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be.

Exam dates are available on demand and we enter students when they feel they are ready to pass the exam.

SCIENCE

Qualifications

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
AQA ELC Science

COMBINED SCIENCE: TRILOGY

Course Overview

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

Science has something to offer every student. That’s why AQA have a suite of science qualifications for Key Stage 4 – to suit students of all abilities and all aspirations.

The subject content and required practicals in this specification are also in our GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

ELC SCIENCE

Course Overview

AQA ELC Science

Entry Level Certificates (ELCs) are nationally recognised qualifications which give students the opportunity to achieve a certificated award.

Students will be entered for either ELC Science – Single Award or ELC Science – Double Award using the appropriate entry code. Students will submit a portfolio of work containing the appropriate number of Externally-set assignments (ESAs) and Teacher-devised assignments (TDAs).

There are three levels of award available: Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3. Entry 3 is the most demanding.

HUMAN AND SOCIAL

Qualifications

AQA GCSE Business
Entry 3 & Level 1 Prince's Awards
Short Online Qualifications

BUSINESS STUDIES

Course Overview

AQA GCSE Business

Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

PRINCE'S TRUST AWARD

Course Overview

Personal Development & Employability Skills

Personal Development and Employability is well suited to being tailored to the individual needs of your learners. Learners may complete a minimum of 2 units to gain a qualification. The Qualification is offered at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 and can be completed in a timescale that suits your learners’ pace of learning.

The Prince’s Trust Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate and Diploma in Personal Development and Employability Skills (PDE) recognises a breadth of personal skills, qualities and attitudes required by employers across a range of sectors.

SHORT ONLINE QUALIFICATIONS (SOQs)

Course Overview

Ascentis SOQs

Short Online Qualifications are designed to broaden learners’ horizons, create well-rounded individuals and enhance their learning experience covering a diverse range of skills with practical applications in the world of work and study. The qualifications are ideal to supplement study programmes in all subject areas helping to ensure full time funding hours are met, and boost college success rates.

Short Online Qualifications are an ideal way to enhance learner enrichment and tutorial programmes, helping to support learners with personal development, behaviour and welfare in line with OFSTED requirements.

TECHNOLOGICAL

Qualifications

Ascentis Entry Level 3 Certificate in Construction
OCR Functional Skills in ICT
Ascentis from Entry Level 3 to Level 1

CONSTRUCTION​

Course Overview

Ascentis Entry Level 3 Certificate in Construction Skills

The Ascentis Entry Level Certificate in Skills for Employment in the Construction Industries (Entry 3) provides the learner with an excellent initiation into the world of construction in order to enable them to decide whether this is a sector within which they feel they wish to choose to work in the future. The qualification also promotes the development of wider employment skills, emphasising the importance of appropriate conduct and dress within a work area, customer service, customer care and safe working practice.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS IN ICT

Course Overview

OCR Functional Skills in ICT

The aim of these qualifications is to give students the opportunity to: develop an understanding of functional skills in ICT at level 1 and 2, develop their skills and competences in ICT, achieve a nationally recognised qualification, prepare for employment and progress to further study.

HOSPITALITY

Course Overview

Ascentis Entry Level 3 to Level 1 in Hospitality and Catering

This pathway offers awards and certificates from Ascentis from Entry Level 3 to Level 1. The qualifications cover an introduction to the sector, with theory and practical sessions covering:

  • Different types of hospitality outlets
  • Job opportunities in the industry
  • Customer service
  • Guest service
  • Basic cooking skills
  • Food preparation and food safety
  • Preparing and serving food and drinks
  • Front of house operations
  • Hygiene

PSHE

Qualifications

Ascentis Entry Level 3 Award in British Values
Ascentis Entry Level 3 Award in Equality & Diversity
Ascentis Entry Level 3 Award in Introduction to Safeguarding
Ascentis Entry Level 3 Award in Internet Safety for IT Users
Ascentis Level 1 Award in Managing Personal Finance

BRITISH VALUES

Course Overview

Ascentis Entry Level 3 Award in British Values

The Ascentis Entry 3 Award in Introduction to British Values is a short, one-unit qualification that introduces learners to the 4 principles of British Values.

The qualification is aimed at a range of learners, including: young people wishing to pick up an award as part of another learning programme, young people aged 14 – 19 who are in various learning environments and adult learners.

EQUALITY & DIVERSITY

Course Overview

Ascentis Entry 3 Award in Equality & Diversity

The Ascentis Entry 3 Award in Equality and Diversity is a short one-unit qualification that introduces the learner to the key terms in relation to equality and diversity.

SAFEGUARDING

Course Overview

Ascentis Entry Level 3 Award in Introduction to Safeguarding

The Ascentis Entry 3 Award in Introduction to Safeguarding qualification is designed to give learners knowledge and understanding of safeguarding, including the meaning and basic principles of safeguarding, types of abuse and their recognition features and possible safeguarding issues caused by modern technology.

EMOTIONAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

Course Overview

Ascentis Entry 3 Award in Heathy Living for Well-being and Mental Health

The Ascentis Entry 3 Award in Heathy Living for Well-being and Mental Health qualification is designed to give learners knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of healthy living, including the importance of mental health, healthy eating and the principles of physical activity to support health.

INTERNET SAFETY

Course Overview

Ascentis Entry 3 Award in Internet Safety for IT Users

There have been significant changes in internet use, particularly the increased use of social media and the growing incidence of cyberbullying. Embracing these trends is the Ascentis Entry 3 Award in Internet Safety for IT Users, a single-unit qualification which aims to develop learners’ understanding of internet safety and the skills and knowledge required to stay safe, legal and confident online, in life and at work.

Learners will understand the risks when using the internet, be able to recognise negative online behaviours and take the necessary precautions to safeguard themselves and others, including protecting their online reputation and digital footprint.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Course Overview

Ascentis Level 1 Award in Managing Personal Finance

The aims of the qualification are to enable learners:

  • To understand the sources of income and expenditure
  • To understand the need to balance income and expenditure
  • To know how to reduce expenditure
  • To understand some of the products provided by banks and building societies and other similar financial institutions
  • To understand the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money

AESTHETIC AND CREATIVE

ART AWARDS

Course Overview

Entry Level 3 Award in the Arts

To achieve an Arts Award Explore, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:
  • active partication in a range of arts activities, including a personal response about what they have learnt from taking part
  • experience of arts organisations, artists and their work
  • creating a piece of art work
  • identification of what they have enjoyed and/or achieved, and their communication of this to others 

VTCT BEAUTY THERAPY​

Course Overview

This pathway offers three sports based qualifications from Sports Leadership UK.

The Young Leader Award aims to help learners develop leadership skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork, as well as build confidence and self-esteem through the leading of small games and activities.

VTCT Level 1 Award in Basic make-up Application

This award is about being able to prepare for and carry out basic make-up application using foundation, concealers, powder, eye, cheek and lip products. You will be able to prepare for make-up application, carry out skin analysis and use consultation techniques. The treatment will also involve checking that the final result is to the satisfaction of the client.

VTCT Level 1 Award in Nail Art Application

The VTCT Level 1 Award in Nail Art Application will enable you to design and apply basic nail art treatments using stick on transfers, some nail art paints, and adornments such as glitter. You will also learn about health, safety and hygiene when providing nail treatments, including basic manicures and pedicures. You will learn how to communicate with clients and provide client care and maintain records.

Course Requirements

Age:

14+ years for Level 1 Award
16+ years for Level 2 Award

Learners must have an interest in Art, or aspire to follow a career in the Beauty Therapy Industry.

Progression

Learners successfully completing these courses can enrol on to Level 2/3 Diploma Courses at college.

Creativity, self-discipline and interpersonal skills are some of the aspects this pathway offer to our learners. Providing learners with a foundation to further learning or skills to help them get them into employment.

-Beauty Therapy Tutor

VTCT LEVEL 2 AWARD IN EYELASH AND EYEBROW TREATMENTS​

The VTCT Level 2 Award in Eyelash and Eyebrow Treatments is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in shaping (tweezers) and colouring (tinting eyelashes and eyebrows). You will learn how to maintain the original eyebrow shape or to change the shape of the eyebrow if desired. You will also learn about different colour characteristics and the chemical process of tinting. The purpose of this qualification is to develop your practical skills to a high level of occupational ability to enable you to provide shaping and colouring treatments for the eyelashes and eyebrows.

VTCT LEVEL 2 AWARD IN NAIL ART

The VTCT Level 2 Award in Nail Art is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in; how to provide nail art. To further enhance your practical skills you will have the opportunity to choose from the following practical units: how to provide airbrush design for nails how to display retail stock to promote sales in a salon. Underpinning this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety practices in a salon environment, and how to promote client care and communications in beauty related sectors. The purpose of this qualification is to develop your skills in beauty therapy to a high level of occupational ability, to enable you to perform your own salon services.

PHYSICAL

SPORTS LEADERSHIP

Course Overview

This pathway offers three sports based qualifications from Sports Leadership UK.

The Young Leader Award aims to help learners develop leadership skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork, as well as build confidence and self-esteem through the leading of small games and activities.

The Level 1 award comprises of six units of study:

  • Planning, organising and assisting in the leading of a session
  • Managing behaviour
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Fair play
  • Referee-ing skills
  • Local knowledge of facilities

The award has a final assessment which involves delivering an activity to a group of peers.

The Level 2 Award has eight units of study, similar to the level 1 Award, but with more emphasis on progression for participants and inclusion. The final assessment for level 2 will see learners delivering 10 hours of activities to a group of peers over a series of assessments.

Course Requirements

Qualification Name:

Young Leader Award
Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership
Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership

Age:

11+ years for Young Leader Award
13+ years for Level 1 Award
14+ years for Level 2 Award

Learners must have an interest in sports and PE or have aspirations to become a coach.

The Young Leader Award aims to help learners develop leadership skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork, as well as build confidence and self-esteem through the leading of small games and activities.