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The ASPIRE study programme offers vocational training for students studying from entry Level to Level 1.
The BTEC programme offers a Level 1 vocational suite of qualifications to support your future aspirations.
You will undertake mandatory units: Being Organised and Working with Others. The ASPIRE BTEC offer may include optional vocational units in business; horticulture; woodwork and arts and crafts; cookery; performing arts and childcare and health and social care. Students benefit from embedding the programme into a variety of BTEC units which will enable you to gain valuable work skills for the future.
Duration of programme
One to three years, dependent upon qualification and individual circumstances.
You will undertake the ASPIRE core programme in year one which enables a transition to College and encourages independent learning and team work.
You begin with an award or certificate in vocational studies. Year 2 involves you ‘stepping up’ on to a chosen Level 1 offer within RNC. You may move from your previous level of qualification on to the next Level 1 choice and spend time consolidating and building your skills further.
Depending upon progression, Year 3 ASPIRE students will be encouraged to work towards a Diploma in their chosen vocational programme area. This strengthens your potential to progress towards a Level 2 programme in the future or demonstrate key vocational work skills required by employers.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but suitability will be discussed at your pre-entry assessment. Many students use this programme as a platform to build their personal and social development; others use it as a platform to transition into College life; many benefit from the flexibility of programme delivery and work-based learning opportunities within our enterprise activities.
If you have not achieved Level 2 in Functional English or Mathematics you will also receive support with these skills. Both will be blended into your programme and in separate classes each week.
What does the course involve?
You will study work and life skills with emphasis on embedding all these skills into classroom enterprise activities in order to prepare you for a variety of workplace settings. These skills include:
Money and finance
Team work skills
Personal and social development
Develop research skills
ASPIRE will also link your values to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. These are vital, life skills that naturally crossover into this programme area and are supported by the teaching team:
Communicating with others
Working in a team
Taking the lead when required
Managing their time effectively
Showing initiative and drive
Keeping a commitment
Being resilient despite knock backs
Keeping focused and positive
Problem-solving, decision-making and dealing with the consequences
You will have the opportunity to work in small groups as well as independently, with support from subject specialist teachers. There will be opportunities to learn through practical tasks, problem solving activity, independent exploration and self-review. We currently work in an adapted workshop for wood craft activities and an art space for art and craft work. Classroom and outdoor time is afforded to build our team in order to work effectively together. Teachers use active reflection and evaluation techniques and are innovative in their approach in order to build upon students’ current skills levels. They regularly review, evaluate, mentor and coach students to develop their skills appropriately.
Work Based Learning
You will develop the skills towards work-based learning activities and build confidence through regular opportunities both on campus and, with the hope of progressing to, an external placement.
Where will it take me?
After completing the ASPIRE course, you can progress onto other RNC courses within the range of Level 1 BTEC offer. Upon leaving the RNC you may use these skills to move into paid, supported and voluntary work, apprenticeships, training or supported independent living. Throughout the course of this programme, you are encouraged to develop your hobbies and interests which are valued alongside vocational employment opportunities.
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