Academy of Foundation Learning and Life Skills
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Why study Entry and Foundation at Reaseheath?
Boost your confidence and learning skills in a supportive environment and gain ‘on-the- job’ experience with our entry and foundation courses.
If you’d like to improve your academic, personal and employability skills after leaving school, there’s nowhere better than Reaseheath. We provide opportunities for all members of the community to learn and develop so they can reach their full potential.
Last year 98% of our students progressed into employment or further learning and we will guide you through a range of options to help you get paid (or voluntary) work so you can enjoy greater independence.
- You’ll be learning in our classrooms and industrial units where you’ll develop your practical skills and knowledge to industry standards.
- Our friendly and highly qualified staff will support you throughout your learning journey.
- Learn about things you are passionate about while you improve your English and maths – you can choose from subjects such as Agriculture, Animal Care, Engineering, Horticulture, Conservation, Countryside Management and Equine.
- Gain new skills whilst being part of an inclusive college community where your views, opinions and contributions matter by becoming a Student Rep, Ambassador or peer mentor.
- You will be supported in your preparation for work by completing a work placement, by developing your personal learning, improving your thinking skills and working as part of a team.
- You can join fundraising activities and help to organise events to raise money for local charities.
Where could your course take you?
Many of our students progress to paid or voluntary work or go on to further study programmes including Level 2 qualifications once they have gained the necessary entry requirements.
We run an annual inclusive careers event and you’ll receive plenty of sound advice to help you decide what your next steps should be. We also offer supported and unsupported employment opportunities to give you employability skills and on- the-job experience in the workplace.
Where you’ll be studying
We’ve made a continuing investment of £80 million across our campus so you’ll have access to some of the best facilities and learning resources in the country.
Our range of specialist facilities have been influenced by industry to make sure you develop the skills employers are looking for. You’ll learn to work to industry standards inside our advanced engineering (Agri- Tech) centre, equestrian centre, specialist teaching zoo and purpose-built farm barn, depending on which course you choose.
As a student in the Foundation Studies department many of your classes will take place in our dedicated Chaffinch building, with purpose-built classrooms, an IT suite and group study area. You’ll also be able to access Centrepoint, a dedicated study area above our library, which includes a reading zone and a new IT room with 18 fixed computers and laptops.
Your Reaseheath Experience
Our highly trained and dedicated staff will be on hand for you throughout your journey. Our team has much experience of helping young people with diverse needs, including those with disabilities. You’ll be learning inside a caring, nurturing environment with support available both inside and outside of the classroom.
You will gain all-important industry experience with trips to local businesses and benefit from presentations, talks and workshops with industry mentors.
Our foundation students develop their employability skills each year in a range of community placements with employers and businesses and by working with agencies such as Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Erlas Victorian Walled Garden, National Trust’s Erddig, local food banks and The Wishing Well charity.
Students also learn the value of ‘giving something back’ and regularly organise, run and participate in a range of community fundraising events across the college, gaining useful enterprise skills to add to their CV. In addition to this, over the last three years our students have raised over £1,000 towards college nominated RAG charities.
Become career ready
As a student with us you will undertake between 70–250 hours of relevant work placement, depending on your course of study with an employer in your local area.
This is a great way to develop your career prospects and build confidence in the work place – it will look fantastic on your CV too! Some of our students have even been offered paid or voluntary work as a result of their placement.
You can also boost your employability with our employability skills certificate which is specially designed to build the foundations you’ll need to undertake a supported internship, traineeship or an apprenticeship. You will benefit from extensive work experience in many areas and continue to improve your English and maths.
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