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Future Pathways

Full Time

Course Overview

This course is primarily aimed at 16-17 year olds, joining us as they leave school.

Our Future Pathways is designed for students coming to BCoT without the GCSE results to progress directly on to a Level 2 (or higher) programme of study.

This course will:

  • help you focus on achieving your English and maths qualifications
  • develop your employability skills with a strong work experience requirement
  • give you the opportunity to try a number of technical skills
  • get you better informed to choose the right course to progress to for your goals.

Course Content

The Future Pathways programme will have timetabled activities for about 18 hours each week during term time. This will include Maths, IT and English classes, tutorial time and around five hours each week in your chosen technical skill area. Your timetable will also include work experience hours and employability activities; BCoT will support you in finding an appropriate placement.

English and Maths will be your core learning aims, to help you progress in whatever you’d like to do in the future.

We expect all students to attain a Level 2 standard (GCSE grade 4/C) in English language and Maths. If a student comes to us with a 3/D grade in either subject, they will be expected to retake their GCSE in that subject; if they have an 2/E grade or lower, we will ask them to take Functional Skills as a stepping stone towards achieving their GCSE.

Everyone knows that good English and Maths results are required for many jobs, courses and further education opportunities; we are committed to supporting every one of our students to achieve grade C or above in English and maths. This is in line with Government policy and we ask parents and guardians to stand alongside us in ensuring that their young person attends every lesson.

If you want to, you can change your choice of technical skill every half term up until Easter, so you could try up to four different career areas.

For the final term, from Easter up to the summer break, we will ask you to stay with the technical area that you want to progress to a Level 2 course in next year.

You will get to choose from the following technical skill areas:

  • Animal Management
  • Automotive
  • Business & Travel and Tourism
  • Construction
  • Hairdressing
  • Health Care and Early Years
  • Hospitality
  • Media and Computing
  • Public Services
  • Sports

Entry Requirement

There are no set entry requirements for this course but you will need to successfully complete an initial assessment.


English and Maths are assessed through exams and coursework.

Where does this course lead to

The Future Pathways is specifically designed to help you decide what your best progression route will be, whether an Apprenticeship or a full time Level 2 course at College.

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Course Outline

Course Code: VF07
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 07/09/2020
Duration: 1 Year
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