New Direction

Sixth Form

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Course introduction

This ten-week, part-time, community programme is designed to increase your confidence and skills in everyday living activities.

In order to enter you will have already completed other full-time college courses and may be looking towards becoming independent in your community.

You will participate in a variety of core units that will help you manage money, travel independently, solve problems and live healthily.

Why choose Brock for New Direction?

Here at Brock we have a special learning house, known as The Lodge, where you can improve your independent living skills in a real-life situation.

In addition, we have support links across the College and in the surrounding village.

Classes will be small and your tutor will work alongside a Learning Support Assistant who can assist when tasks become challenging.

Teaching & learning

Teaching and Assessment will be through Portfolio Building.

You will complete some written work, and take part in discussions, quizzes and practical tasks. Tutor observations and photographs will help to complete your portfolio.

There will also be opportunities to participate in offsite activities, which will help you develop your confidence.

Course structure

1. Independent living skills

2. Skills towards employment

3. Travel training

4. Budgeting

5. Cookery

6. Confidence building

Minimum entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirments for this course. 

How will I be assessed?

Teaching and Assessment is through Portfolio Building (no exams).

Information & support

  • All Foundation Studies classes are for students with learning differences and/or disabilities.
  • In class you will be supported by your tutor and, if necessary, a learning support assistant (LSA). 
  • The College’s Skills Development Team will be available to provide specialist support to students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
  • There is a Foundation Studies social space that can be accessed at break time and lunch time, with LSAs on duty. More confident students will be encouraged to access other parts of the College.
  • There will be an annual materials fee.
  • You may be eligible for assistance with funding. See main website for further information.
  • The Travel Team can assist with travel enquiries. You may wish to apply for funding to assist with specialised travel. Please contact the county SEN Travel team for further information.
  • If you are aged 16-18 you are entitled to free education. If you are 19-25 you will need to have a current Education, Health and Care Plan to access free education.
  • To receive remission you must be on a means-tested benefit.
  • You need to bring your EHCP (or draft assessment paperwork) to your interview.

What can I do with this qualification?

By successfully completing this programme you can move onto a further community class of your choice.

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  • Brock has been absolutely brilliant in preparing me for my future, I feel happy and confident. My tutors are all so supportive and there is a really friendly atmosphere.

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