ASPIRE Study Programme
Here’s what our students have to say;
“You can learn loads of different things as part of ASPIRE; I work with the College Estates (and maintenance) team and at Dinedor (outdoor activity centre). I also do English, Maths, ICT and PSD (Personal and social development). The teaching is different here – it’s a lot more practical, not just in a classroom. In my time at RNC I think I have developed a lot, and my time with the Estates team has been really useful; I’ve been practicing skills such as drilling, sawing wood, tarmacking pot holes, woodwork and putting up fences. I am more confident now, I can talk to more people and I’ve got a good friendship group – my parents say they’ve noticed that I’m more independent because I can do stuff on my own when I’m at home.” Ben Davidson.
ASPIRE (*Achievement for Social, Personal and Independence, Responsibility for future Employment and/or Education).
Vocational training for students studying Entry to Level 1
Duration of programme
1 to 3 years, dependent upon qualification and individual circumstances
There are no formal entry requirements for this course but suitability will be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
Students study work and life skills with emphasis on embedding all of these skills into a regular work placement. These skills include;
- Customer service
- Money and finance
- Communication skills
- Team Work skills
- Organisation skills
- Personal & social development
You will have the opportunity to work in small groups as well as independently, with support from subject specialist teachers.
Work Based Learning
Students develop the skills towards work based learning activities and develop confidence through regular weekly placements both on campus and, with the hope of progressing to, an external placement.
- Weekly experience on the RNC market stall (counter set up, display, customer service, cash handling).
- Horticulture practice (planting, growing and selling products to members of the public).
- Onsite catering, both in student bistro and at public coffee pod (front of house duties, selling products and engaging in customer service practice).
- Tech Novice Café (supporting members of the public with technology, providing refreshments and interacting with public).
- Estates and maintenance activities on site with the support of the RNC Estates team.
- External outdoor activity centre (gardening and maintenance work).
- Arts and crafts activities, making products to sell.
- Working within a gym environment.
Upon completing the ASPIRE course, students can progress onto other RNC courses or leave the College and move onto paid, supported and voluntary work as well as independent living.