Progression Studies

Study programmes in the Foundation Studies area provide a progression route to employment, vocational study and/or apprenticeships for individuals with additional support needs and/or barriers to learning. Programmes aim to equip students with the skills, confidence and independence required for successful progression by providing a highly supportive learning environment and diverse, exciting curriculum. Students are provided with a high level of support and guidance, and encouraged to set themselves challenging, achievable goals in order for their aspirations to be achieved.

Programmes incorporate a combination of vocational learning, personal and social skills development and Functional Skills in English and Maths.

Access to a wide range of specialist resources and facilities provide exciting opportunities for students to develop their skills in an active environment*. Programmes are individualised at both entry level and level 1, and enable students to sample a range of subjects and make informed decisions regarding their next steps.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are now open!***

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ button located further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular October Open Events are also open.

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Course Content

Key components of the Progression Studies programme include:

  • Media, ICT and Photography
  • Sports, Leisure and Recreational Studies
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Retail/Stocktaking
  • Team Skills
  • Carpentry and Craft Skills
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • A Wide Range of Enrichment Activities

*Please note: Curriculum subjects and access to specialist resources may vary between campuses and specific programmes.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements; course admission will be subject to a successful interview

Career Opportunities

Various roles in unskilled or semi-skilled employment.

Course Progression

Following completion of a Progression Studies  Foundation and Supported Learning programme, students may be able to progress to further study programmes within the STEPS (Supported Transition and Employment Pathways) area, progress onto a vocational course or an Apprenticeship.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Progression Studies
Course Outline: Programmes incorporate a combination of vocational learning, personal and social skills development
LevelEntry Level
Level 1
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £741


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