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What is Early College Placement?

These opportunities are only for year 11 students. In exceptional circumstances a year 10 student maybe considered but we would need to be convinced that they have the maturity and resilience to sustain the placement. Students who are currently on a school roll will need to be referred to the College through their school.

Since September 2014 the government has agreed that Elected Home Educated (EHE) young people of Key Stage 4 age can also apply for an Early College Placement (ECP). If accepted onto a course, the student will be funded by the Education Funding Agency providing that the student puts in good attendance and gains their main qualification and English and Maths. The college will only consider EHE students who have been out of education for at least 6 months.

  • All ECP opportunities are infill into 16-18 classes. Only 2 ECP students per class are permitted.
  • Closing date for applicants was Friday 20th May 2016 - we will still consider students after that date but the choice of course maybe limited.

We offer a range of courses for young people. There are two main paths of study you can choose from:

Vocational courses at Level 1.

  • Students follow a programme of study which includes their vocational qualification and English and Maths functional skills. Students have an initial assessment in English and Maths followed up by a diagnostic assessment in order to ensure they are doing the correct level for their ability in English and Maths and that an appropriate progression route is available post year 11.
  • English and Maths are compulsory and unless students achieve these subjects they are considered to have failed their programme of study. New Department of Education (DfE) rules state that functional skills qualifications are stepping stones to gaining GCSEs, which students are expected to have gained by the age of 19.
  • Where a student has the ability, they may join a level 2 vocational course, as long as this is allowed under Section 96, and they will take English and Maths, either GCSE, functional skills or free standing Maths qualification (FSMQ).

GCSE level 2 programme. This is a one year course for students capable of achieving A to C in 30 weeks. The students will study 5 GCSEs, of which English and Mathematics are compulsory and the remaining 3 will be discussed at interview. The students will participate in the tutorial programme. Students will need to attend the GCSE taster day and pass the assessments in English, Maths and Science in order to be considered for the course

Fees for a 5 term year

  1. A full time Level 1 college course is delivered in approximately 11 hours, which is usually delivered over 3 days, the exception is construction, which is over 2 days. The fees per learner are £3750.
  2. A four day placement for GCSEs. The fees per learner are £4250.

In most cases material fees will be in addition to the above charges. Transport and lunch arrangements are not the responsibility of the college and need to be organised by the school if appropriate.

Students on a school roll are required to have 25 hours of learning per week. It is up to the referring school to add additional learning activities to reach this figure.

If a young person withdraws part way through a term, the school will be charged the whole term and refunded any subsequent terms.

The fees we charge do not include additional support for students with learning needs. If a student has an EHCP or requires support with behaviour, basic skills or a disability, additional charges will need to be agreed to cover such costs.

Students have to pay their own cost for text books, stationery, educational visits, some materials, etc. in addition to home to college transport. The care and maintenance of any equipment issued is the responsibility of the young person. If a young person turns up without any specified equipment, they will not be allowed to join the course. If the referring school asks parents to pay for specified equipment, materials, the college will not broker this.

So what vocational areas are available?

*Material fees could be subject to change

Course   Material fees *
Animal Care
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete a 2 day placement in the workforce each term.
Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions- Animal Care
Course content:

Term 1

  • Introduction to study skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Care of Animals
  • Developing Confidence. Working with Animals

Term 2

  • Time Management skills
  • Farm Animal Health
  • Assist with the movement and handling of animals
  • Principles of preparing and maintaining livestock
  • Principles of preparing and monitoring livestock outdoors

Term 3

  • Teamwork skills
  • Feedstuffs for small animals
  • Care of Animals
  • Cleaning and maintaining animal accommodation
  • Assist with feeding and watering horses
  • Presentation skills
£165
Early Years
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete a 2 day placement in the workforce each term.
Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions- Early Years
Course content:

Term 1

  • Introduction to study skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Growth and development of young children
  • Practical health and safety with young children

Term 2

  • Time Management skills
  • Craft activities with children
  • Sharing learning experiences with children
  • Stress and stress management techniques

Term 3

  • Teamwork skills
  • Understanding play
  • Science activities for children
  • Healthy eating for children
£165 plus £44 for the disclosure and Debarring Service (DBS)
Hair and Beauty
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete a 2 day placement in the workforce each term.
Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions- Hair and Beauty
Course content:

Term 1

  • Introduction to study skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Basic Manicure Treatment
  • Shampoo and Conditioning

Term 2

  • Time Management skills
  • Skin Care
  • Basic Make-up application
  • Styling women's hair

Term 3

  • Teamwork skills
  • Basic pedicure treatment
  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Colour hair using temporary colour
£300
Health and Social Care
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete a 2 day placement in the workforce each term.
Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions- Health and Social Care
Course content:

Term 1

  • Introduction to study skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Introduction to communication in Health and Social Care
  • Planning a healthy diet

Term 2

  • Time Management skills
  • Craft activities with children
  • Stress and stress management techniques
  • Introduction to physical disability

Term 3

  • Teamwork skills
  • Equality and inclusion in Health and Social Care
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Condition
£165 plus £44 for the disclosure and Debarring Service (DBS)
Sport
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete a 2 day placement in the workforce each term.
Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions- Sport
Course content:

Term 1

  • Introduction to study skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Taking part in exercise
  • Planning your own fitness programme

Term 2

  • Time Management skills
  • Assist a leader of sports or active leisure act to plan and deliver an act
  • Sports coaching
  • Health and nutrition

Term 3

  • Teamwork skills
  • Working in sport and active leisure
  • Taking part in Sport
  • How the body works
£165
Public services
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete a 2 day placement in the workforce each term.
Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Professions- Public Services
Course content

Term 1

  • Introduction to study skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Assisting the public
  • Crime and its effects

Term 2

  • Time Management skills
  • Working in Public Services
  • Public Service incidents
  • Career planning for Public Services

Term 3

  • Teamwork skills
  • Public Service project
  • Citizenship, the individual and society
£165
Vocational Study Pathway
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills and complete a 2 day placement in the workforce each term.
Level 1 Skills for Vocational Study Pathway
Students will have the opportunity to explore up to 3 Professions from the following:
  • Animal Care
  • Early Years
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Health and Social Care
  • Public Services
  • Sport

Students may choose 1,2 or 3 routes with the opportunity to change at the end of term 1 and term 2. This is particularly helpful for young people who do not have a clear career path in mind as they can explore up to 3 options.

£165 * £300 (Hair & Beauty)
Performing Arts
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.
Level 1 Diploma in Performing Arts
Course content:

Students will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life. Throughout the course they will have opportunities to perform to the public. This course will cover a broad range of performing arts subjects including Drama, Dance; Musical Theatre and Stagecraft.

£150
Art and Design
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.
Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design
Course content:
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Ceramics, transfers and glazing
  • Model making
  • Fine Art installation
  • Painting
  • Textiles and surface pattern
  • Professional printing methods such as screenprinting
  • Plaster work and casting
  • Interior design
  • Planning evaluation and developing final pieces at a professional level
  • Planning and selling your own work
  • Live projects with the community
  • Discussions and society, progression and wellbeing
  • How to become more employable
£280
Travel and Tourism/Business and I.T
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.
Level 1 Travel and Tourism/Business and I.T
Course content:

Students will study a wide range of exciting and practical units throughout the course including:

  • Planning an Event
  • Booking a Package Holiday
  • Planning a Visit to a Tourist Attraction
  • The Role of Cabin Crew
  • How to be a Holiday Rep
  • Planning and running an enterprise
  • Working in a Team
  • Desktop Publishing
  • IT Comms
£120
Construction
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.
Level 1 Maintenance
Course content:

This will allow students to explore Plastering, Plumbing, Carpentry, Brick Work, Painting and Decorating. Students can progress onto Level 2 in a specialist trade post 16 providing they gain Level 1 functional skills in English and Maths and pass the maintenance course

£200
Construction
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.
Level 1 Maintenance (Plumbing)
Course content:

A mainly Plumbing course with some Electrical units. Students can progress onto Level 2 post 16 providing they gain Level 1 functional skills in English and Maths and pass the Plumbing course. Maths is particularly important for Level 2.

£200
Construction
As part of this one year course students will study English and Maths Functional Skills.
Level 1 Maintenance (Electrical)
Course content:

A mainly Electrical course with some Plumbing units. Students can progress onto Level 2 post 16 providing they gain Level 1 functional skills in English and Maths and pass the Electrical course. Maths is particularly important for Level 2.

£200

How do we support the students?

  • Individual tutorials
  • Parents evenings
  • Reports to the school and parents twice a year.

Conditions

Rules

  • No students are allowed to leave the premises during the lunch hour
  • If the student becomes unwell whilst at college they must notify their tutor or a member of the 14-16 team as no student can go home without prior contact with parents/carers.
  • If the student is too ill to attend, parents/carers must ring either Rusty Ansell 0117 9092374 or Isobel Edward 0117 9092348 to let their tutors know.

The above three rules enable us to discharge our duty of care for students under the statutory school leaving age.

Parents and students should note that the statutory school leaving date is the fourth Friday in June 2016

The government has implemented Raising The Participation Age (RPA) which means that young people under the age of 18 are expected to remain in learning which includes:

  • Full-time education, such as school sixth form or college;
  • An Apprenticeship; or
  • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

How to Apply

Download an Early College Placement application form. Download an Early College Placement Student Profile. Download a Funding Letter (for schools only)

Students will not be considered until all relevent items have been received.

All referrals must go to the SGS College 14-16 Office on either 0117 909 2374, or email either:rusty.ansell@sgscol.ac.uk or isobel.edward@sgscol.ac.uk

What happens next?

  1. After an application has been received from the school or, in the case of EHE, a parent/carer, the student will be invited into SGS College with parent/carer for an initial visit (if they have not visited the college previously)
  2. Students/parents or carers are invited for an interview with a member of staff from their chosen vocational area, plus a member of the 14-16 team.
  3. After the interview and before joining SGS College the student will be invited to a SGS Factor/Taster Day to assess their suitability for the course.
  4. The student will also have a literacy and numeracy assessment to determine the level of their functional skills qualification.
  5. If the student is successful and accepted onto their chosen course the parents/carers will receive a letter from the Early College Placement Officer outlining the joining instructions.
  6. At the beginning of the course the student will have an induction programme and will be supported by our Early College Placement Officer. They will also have a course tutor who will help and support them.

Information for Schools, Parents/Carers

Year 11 students can be admitted to courses if this is deemed appropriate by the school/LEA and if, in the judgment of the College, the student would benefit from the learning opportunity, has the necessary resilience and can meet College requirements.

The provider (i.e. school that holds the funding for the student) must agree that a college placement could be suitable. If no such agreement has been arranged, parents will be liable for all tuition fees.

College requirements for Early College Placement students are the same as post 16 i.e.:

  • Attend all classes on the timetable on time including any work experience and activities
  • Complete all work set to the best of their ability
  • Behave in a sensible, appropriate manner with everyone at College, in line with the Learner Code of Conduct

ECP students receive considerable additional support from the 14-16 team

Schools will be emailed attendance reports fortnightly, two weeks in arrears. All absences (including long-term absences) are followed up by letter or a telephone call.

Enquiries

For ECP enquiries ring either Isobel Edward on 01179092348 or Rusty Ansell on 01179092374. Or email Isobel Edward at Isobel.edward@sgscol.ac.uk