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Programme of Study

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Our full time courses are designed to help you achieve your ambitions whether your goal is to go on to a higher level of study or whether you are looking to start a job.

As part of your Programme of Study there will be employability and study skills (we call these PD Central) that are included to meet your needs and those of the industry you want your career in. These parts of the study programme will vary from course to course and are designed to meet local and national employer needs and may include work experience, volunteering, project work, and expert speakers from industry.

Skills for Life and Work

Recent changes from the Government mean that all young people who have not achieved a GCSE grade C/4 or above in English and Maths are required to continue to study these subjects.

This applies to all students whether they stay on at school, attend a sixth form or go to college. Don’t worry though, at Central we will help by making sure you have the right lessons and tutor support to improve your English and Maths. The lessons will also be taught alongside your vocational study programme so you can apply what you learn to the subject area you are interested in and see how English and Maths fits in with what you want to do in your career.

What English language or Maths qualifications do you have or expect to achieve? Will you need to study English and/or Maths at College? What English and/or Maths qualifications will you study atCollege?
What English language or Maths qualifications do you have or expect to achieve?:No GCSE qualifications Will you need to study English and/or Maths at College?:Yes - after you apply we’ll invite you to complete an English and/or Maths assessment. This helps us put the right level of support in place to help you achieve your qualifications and career ambitions. What English and/or Maths qualifications will you study atCollege?:You will study towards a Functional Skill at the right level for you, based on your assessment results. Functional Skills are qualifications that can help you prepare for a GCSE.
What English language or Maths qualifications do you have or expect to achieve?:GCSE grade E-G/2-1 Will you need to study English and/or Maths at College?:Yes - after you apply we’ll invite youto complete an English and/or Maths assessment. This helps us put the right level of support in place to help you achieve your qualifications and career ambitions. What English and/or Maths qualifications will you study atCollege?:You will study towards a Functional Skill at the right level for you, based on your assessment results. Functional Skills are qualifications that can help you prepare for a GCSE.
What English language or Maths qualifications do you have or expect to achieve?:GCSE grade D/3 Will you need to study English and/or Maths at College?:Yes – you will study GCSE English and/or Maths. What English and/or Maths qualifications will you study atCollege?:The supportive classes will help you prepare to retake your GCSE/s.
What English language or Maths qualifications do you have or expect to achieve?:GCSE grade C/4 or above Will you need to study English and/or Maths at College?:No – you aren’t required to take English or Maths classes. However there will be the opportunity to improve these skills. What English and/or Maths qualifications will you study atCollege?:You won’t need to study for an additional qualification.

New GCSE Grades

The government is currently undergoing a reform of GCSEs. Over the next couple of years GCSEs are moving over to a different grading system but it will start with GCSE English Language, English Literature and Maths exams in 2017.

This means that if you taking GCSEs in summer 2017, you will receive marks based on the current A*-G grading for most subjects, but GCSE English Language, English Literacture and Maths will have new grades attached to them: from 9-1 with 9 being the highest grade.

The new system is different to the old one, so we cannot make direct comparisons for all grades. However it’s useful to know that here at Central, we accept the new grade 4 as equivalent to grade C, grade 3 as equivalent to grade D and grade 2 as equivalent to grade E.

More on Functional Skills

Many academic and vocational qualifications are only indicators of an individual’s ability in a specific specialist area, whereas Functional Skills are the generic skills of English and Maths that are important in everything that we do:

  • at school
  • at college
  • at work
  • at home
  • in preparing for university.

If you have not previously achieved GCSE Maths and/or English at A*-C/9-4 and GCSEs are not really appropriate for you, the more practical, Functional Skills will be included in your programme of study. In a highly competitive world, Functional Skills and a higher grade GCSE can be those extra qualifications that tip the balance in your favour when applying for a job or a university place. Functional Skills and GCSE qualifications are evidence for your CV that you can compete with the best.

Once you have achieved a Level 2 in Functional skills English and Maths, you’ll then progress onto GCSE level. Our aim is to ensure that you have achieved GCSE Maths and/or English at A*-C/9-4 when you move on to employment or higher education.