Foundation Learning & SEND Virtual Open Event

4:30pm on Thursday 1st April 2021

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Join us at our Foundation Learning & SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) Virtual Open Event!

Our Foundation Learning & SEND courses have very high success rates with good progression to mainstream courses. Supported Learning students benefit from small class sizes alongside talented tutors and enjoy many additional learning opportunities plus a varied and stimulating enrichment programme of activities.

Foundation Learning & SEND courses offers students up to the age of 25, to 'own the change' and to boost your confidence, independence and self-esteem. So for this online session, we have gathered a range of specialist experts and curriculum leaders, to outline the variety of amazing programmes we have available and help answer any questions you may have before deciding on your next step in your exciting educational journey.
In this session we will be discussing:

  • What specialist support can come out of various course areas and qualifications
  • What your learning and student experience will look and feel like
  • Pathways into your choice of career/courses
  • How to secure your place and finalise your enrolment with us

Areas we will cover:

Our popular courses for students with learning difficulties and disabilities are designed to develop knowledge, skills for life, and an understanding of working life.

Courses cover English, Maths, IT and topics including catering & hospitability, gardening to sell produce, and art & design.

Programmes are designed for students who need some extra support to prepare them for study on a full-time college course.

The courses cover:

  • English, Maths and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) – up to GCSE-level
  • Vocational projects
  • Enterprise
  • Employability skills

What these courses lead to

Once you’ve successfully completed your course, you’ll be ready for studying full-time at college or for confidently entering the world of employment.

Added extras

Students are given the opportunity to work within industry-standard workshops. They can alternatively (or additionally) focus on classroom-based studies to achieve the qualifications they need to progress.

The REACH Supported Internship Programme is a one-year preparation program that is specifically designed for students with learning challenges and autistic spectrum conditions. It is a provision that will equip SEND students with the workplace skills needed to aid them in achieving sustainable paid employment following their time with us.

In the workplace the student will work across 3 different departments, each on a 10-week rotation so that they can experience a range of workplace opportunities and experiences. Students are supported in the workplace by one of our highly experienced Job Coaches. They will gain experience of different job roles and workplace skills needed to succeed with the ultimate goal of paid employment and independence.

The Reach Supported Internship has two routes to admission. One cohort of students will be aged 16-24, be in their final year of education, and in receipt of a current Education Health and Care Plan. Their goal will be to gain a role in competitive employment. The second cohort of students will be aged 25 and over and will have a formal diagnosis of a learning challenge(s).

Program Benefits:

  • Providing competitive, transferable and marketable job skills
  • Increased confidence, independence and self-esteem
  • On site and individual support and instruction
  • Access to potential sustainable paid employment.

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course can help you learn how to speak, write and read English.

If English is not your first language and you want to become fluent, our ESOL courses can help you develop your English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. By using digital technology and fun activities you can also improve on your English vocabulary and grammar.

Our Passport to Progress courses can provide routes into further education, the construction trades, the media and IT industries. You’ll develop your Maths and English skills at the same time, so you’ve got the skills employers look for.

If English isn’t your first language, our Passport to Progress ESOL course can help to develop your English reading, writing and spoken skills. You can also study vocational units too so you’ll be ready to progress to a full-time course in a subject area that interests you.

Young College is an alternative education provider serving Barking and Dagenham and surrounding Boroughs.

We offer full time programmes that help address particular issues that some young people may have, including motivation, behaviour and attitude, attendance and punctuality. This may impact on their ability to succeed at school.

Timetables are either set or bespoke to ensure we can meet the needs, abilities and circumstances of all. We work closely with students to enable them to successfully participate in education and progress into further training, apprenticeship or work post-16.

We also offer part-time work related learning, so learners can experience vocational work.

Our programmes are more than a qualification. They also include:

  • T-Shaped Skills Development
  • Extensive Enrichment Programme
  • Progression routes onto both academic and vocational courses post 16
  • Vast range of vocational options
  • Industry standard Workshops
  • In-Class Support
  • Progress Mentors
  • Pastoral care

During and following the events, our career advice and admissions team will be on hand to help you with your application and secure your place with us.

In the meantime, if you have any specific concerns not covered here, you can email

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