Frequently Asked Questions
For the Vocational Opportunities Programme only.
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Who is eligible for this programme starting September 2021?
Learners who are currently in Year 9 – date of birth between 01/09/06 and 31/08/07.
What courses are available?
Courses run across several curriculum areas; Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Care, Business, Construction, Equine, Food and Motor Vehicle.
Do the courses run every year?
No, courses will only run if enough students have applied to make a course viable.
What is the academic level of these courses?
Level 1 courses are aimed at lower ability students working at GCSE level 4 and below.
Are the courses full time?
No, students attend one day a week, term-time only. Wednesday in Year 10 and Thursday in Year 11.
Do the students sit exams?
Yes, some courses have externally set exams. All courses have practical assessments.
Can a student join in year 11?
All of these courses last for 2 years starting in year 10. If a student is looking to gain a qualification they should be registered at Reaseheath for the full 2 years.
What are the timings of the day?
The day starts at 9.30am and finishes in time for a 2.30pm departure.
What is the charge for the course?
There is a current fee of £895 per year for students at school. Funding is claimed centrally for home educated students subject to good attendance.
What is the application process?
Contact the 14-16 Vocational Opportunities Programme Lead directly regarding home educated students. Learners on school roll will need permission from school who will apply on their behalf.
Is learning support available?
Schools send learning support as needed for practical and theory sessions.
Does the college provide transport?
Schools usually provide their own transport transport. Full-time Reaseheath students have priority for places on college transport and permissions are needed for under 16’s to use the college buses.
What are the term dates?
What equipment is needed?
This will depend on the course and details will be provided before September. Basic clothing will be overalls and steel toe capped boots where appropriate.
Can a home educated student also study English and Maths at Reaseheath?
There are currently 3 routes – entry level, functional skills levels 1 and 2 and GCSE. Initial assessments determine the route followed. This is for Home Educated students only.
Who is the contact at Reaseheath for these courses?
Jan Berrington – firstname.lastname@example.org, 01270 613194.