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Future Pathways
FUTURE PATHWAYS
Course Overview

This course is primarily aimed at 16-17 year olds, joining us as they leave school.

Our Future Pathways is designed for students coming to BCoT without the GCSE results to progress directly on to a Level 2 (or higher) programme of study.

This course will:

  • help you focus on achieving your English and maths qualifications
  • develop your employability skills with a strong work experience requirement
  • give you the opportunity to try a number of technical skills
  • get you better informed to choose the right course to progress to for your goals.
Course Content

The Future Pathways programme will have timetabled activities for about 18 hours each week during term time. This will include maths, IT and English classes, tutorial time and around 5 hours each week in your chosen technical skill area. Your timetable will also include work experience hours and employability activities; BCoT will support you in finding an appropriate placement.

English and maths will be your core learning aims, to help you progress in whatever you’d like to do in the future.

We expect all students to attain a Level 2 standard (GCSE grade C) in English language and maths. If a student comes to us with a D grade in either subject, they will be expected to retake their GCSE in that subject; if they have an E grade or lower, we will ask them to take Functional Skills as a stepping stone towards achieving their GCSE.

Everyone knows that good English and maths results are required for many jobs, courses and further education opportunities; we are committed to supporting every one of our students to achieve grade C or above in English and maths. This is in line with Government policy and we ask parents and guardians to stand alongside us in ensuring that their young person attends every lesson.

If you want to, you can change your choice of technical skill every half term up until Easter, so you could try up to four different career areas.

For the final term, from Easter up to the summer break, we will ask you to stay with the technical area that you want to progress to a Level 2 course in next year.

You will get to choose from the following technical skill areas:

  • Automotive & Engineering
  • Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
  • Construction
  • Sport & Public Services
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Childcare & Education
  • Creative (IT/Art/Media)


We are in the process of setting up a two-week programme, which will include a week's residential, during the Easter holiday (April 2017), working in partnership with the NCS (National Citizen Service).  This will be compulsory for all Future Pathways students to complete.  It will cost £50.

English and Maths
If you are aged under 19 and if you do not hold a GCSE grade C or higher in English and Maths, you will be required to work towards these qualifications.
Entry Requirements
There are no set entry requirements for this course but you will be invited for an informal interview with one of our tutors.
Assessment
English and maths are assessed through exams and coursework.
What does this course lead to?
The Futures Pathway is specifically designed to help you decide what your best progression route will be, whether an Apprenticeship or a full time Level 2 course at College.
Financial Information
If you are aged 16-18, tuition and registration fees are free.
If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study; please ask for details.
If you are aged 24 or over, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to assist with your fees; please ask for details.
Staged Payment
A staged payment plan is available to help with course fees.
Reduced Fees
Fee concessions may be available if you are out of work, on low income or studying for your first Level 1 or Level 2 qualification.
Bursaries
If you are unable to pay any of the course costs, or need financial assistance you may be eligible to receive a college bursary.
For further details on fees and financial help please contact Student Welfare on 01256 306333 / 01256 306393.
Travel Subsidy
BCoT offers discount on travel to and from the college for full time students. We offer 50% discount on rail fares and if you are travelling by bus, we offer 25% off Zone 2 buses outside of Basingstoke. There is financial assistance available for those families on a low income.