School Links Programmes 2021/2022


Havant & South Downs College 14- 16 School Links Programme is a part time provision that aims to bridge the gap between school and vocational education. We are proud to offer a range of programmes that focus on specific vocational areas with some qualifications offered recognised within the Key Stage 4 League Tables. We work closely with mainstream and special schools as well as local authorities to offer a captivating, enjoyable and inventive variety for students to choose from. As part of our College strategy, we focus on providing students with opportunities through a range of vocational and academic areas as well as the support they need to succeed. These also include Functional skills in English and Maths. Our 14-16 provision will allow students to make informed decisions about which courses suit their academic and career aspirations for the future.

The school links programme will allow students to understand how their education equips them with the behaviour and attitude necessary to develop their education and to look for opportunities for further training/ employment and for their adult life. Students will also receive high quality impartial careers guidance available from our Advice and Guidance team and receive college taster sessions moving forward. Our Support for Change process is also adopted in line with our full-time students. To continue to work with our partners we aim to provide support and guidance to make sure that students make real progress towards their chosen career path. All students work in an FE setting, where they are inspired to make the most of the opportunities offered to them and to learn from their staff and peers to achieve success in accordance with our College policies.


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We are very proud of our programme for 14-16 pupils, whether they join us from one of our many partner schools or are being home-educated. By providing a supportive and inspiring learning environment at our South Downs campus, the 14-16 course programmes provide nationally-recognised qualifications which combine practical skills development and academic content, highly valued by employers and effective at fast tracking students in their future careers.


They are invaluable partnerships between

pupils, schools, home and the college.

Mike Gaston Principal & CEO

General Information Taster sessions and group tours are offered to support students to make appropriate decisions. Each student will be interviewed in the same format as a full-time mainstream student; this will also include an assessment in English and Maths where applicable.

Kit and equipment needs

Students will need to be equipped for each lesson and attend with appropriate stationery. Where stated at the interview, students may also need to attend College in specific clothing (Personal Protective Equipment). Sports clothing is also required for practical sports sessions. Mentoring students Partners are encouraged to accompany learners in College for entry level and Level 1 programmes or have a member of staff on site. School Learning Support Assistants are welcome for individual students and would need to be assessed through College policies beforehand. College standards All students must always sign the College standards agreement and wear their identification badge whilst on College premises. Learners will not be asked to leave College if they fail to produce their ID card, however, failure to comply will lead to disciplinary action. A Support for Change process is in place to manage student disciplinary issues. The programme has a designated Senior Tutor who will liaise with Course Managers/ Schools/Parents.

Assessment information Assessment across all courses is

modular* and students will be expected to complete a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates completion of all tasks and assignments at the correct level of study. These portfolios are assessed both internally and externally. In some cases there is scope for distance/remote learning via our Google suite.

*Some courses may contain an examination.

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Offsite Students are NOT allowed offsite whilst at College at any time due to safeguarding. Students are permitted to leave with written permission from a parent/ guardian. Failure to comply with this will lead to Support for Change action. There are many social areas for all students during limited break times. College closure days School will be informed of the College’s closures via our website and School Link Coordinator. Partners will also be notified in the event of adverse weather. Costings Education providers will be invoiced in two instalments. The cost to our partners and schools is £1020 for the year. Billing will come into effect on 30th September 2021 and the second instalment will be paid on 24th February 2022.

Each partner must sign the College Service Level Agreement.

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6-week college certificates

Functional skills English and Maths programme We also offer a Functional Skills

As a college we are happy to provide bespoke 6-week courses or shorter for schools. College certificates are subject to learner manager approval and times of the academic year. Please contact our 14- 16 coordinator for more information. This provision is also available for home-schooled pupils across the Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council regions. Those home- schooled students must have a written document from their local council requesting provision for their son/ daughter which meets the local council protocol. Information can be found on the Portsmouth City Council website. Programmes run for 33 weeks (Year 1) and 28 weeks (Year 2) with 4 hours of contact time in College per week. Students can complete two courses on each of the days plus Functional Skills qualifications on a Wednesday.

programme which consists of English and Maths. This is not a GCSE programme. Students will attend 3 hours per week in order to complete these qualifications. Sessions are carried out on a Wednesday only. ESOL We also offer a bespoke ESOL programme, ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. It’s aimed at non-native English speakers, looking to take up a new language or validate their skills. For information please contact us.

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animal care C&G LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATE IN LAND- BASED STUDIES (ANIMAL CARE) Day: Tuesday 9.30am-1.30pm Duration: 32 weeks

This is a two-year course so it will only be open to students who are starting Year 10 in September 2021.

This will introduce some of the key themes within the animal care industry, enabling students to develop the knowledge and practical skills needed to care for small animals. Students will participate in handling and health checking animals on site. They will learn how to provide appropriate accommodation to include environmental enrichment. Students will also cover grooming, feeding and the safe transportation of animals. Please note that students will be required to have an up-to-date tetanus vaccination before starting on this course. The units taught are: Year One Health & Safety and Animal Health Year Two Feeding Animals & Animals in the Wild

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Hair and Beauty

HSDC COLLEGE CERTIFICATE IN HAIR AND BEAUTY Day: Tuesday 9.30am-1.30pm Duration: 32 weeks

Successful candidates will progress into a Technical Level 2 award in Hair and Beauty studies in year 2 (2022) which will be held on Thursdays 9am-1pm for 28 weeks.

Students will gain a broad understanding of the hair and beauty sector, including skills in business enterprise, hair and beauty science, marketing and promotion and a hair and beauty research and design project. Progression : Onto a full time course in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy or onto an Apprenticeship in this important and potentially lucrative industry.

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Catering and hospitality HSDC COLLEGE CERTIFICATE IN CATER- ING AND PATISSERIE Day: Thursdays 9.30am-1.30pm Duration: 32 weeks This qualification provides an introduction to some of the key resources and ideas within catering and hospitality, the use of materials, tools and equipment and the preparation and presentation of cookery items. There is also the option for working towards a Practical Cookery Skills College Certificate. Progression : There is a clear progression route onto L2/L3 provision at HSDC or Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering. Year 10 students can progress onto the NCFE Level 1 Award in Creative Craft and Cookery in year 2.

Successful candidates will progress into a NCFE Level 1 Award in Creative Craft and Cookery in year 2.

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Day: Thursdays 9.30am-1.30pm Duration: 1 year course, 28 weeks

For students starting their first year at College, we recommend the one-year course offered by ABC which covers units comprising Health and Safety, Spark Ignition Power Units and Braking Systems. Progression : Enrolling into one of the Motor Vehicle or Engineering courses full time (South Downs campus)

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Sport BTEC LEVEL 1 AWARD IN INTRODUCTORY TO SPORT Day: Tuesdays 9.30am-1.30pm Duration: 1 year course, 32 weeks

The Sport and Leisure qualification is tailored towards participation in a wide range of sports, with learners taking part in exercise and fitness testing, planning an improvement programme, developing knowledge about how the body works and learning about work in the sport and leisure industry. Progression : Students can progress into year 11 studies and earn a BTEC Certificate in Sport & Active Leisure. Leaving students could enroll onto a full time Sport and Leisure course at College or an Apprenticeship in this growing industry.

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Day: Tuesdays 9.30am-1.30pm Duration: 1 year course, 32 weeks

This course gives you the opportunity to study how people grow and develop over the course of their lives, from infancy to old age, and the factors that may affect this, such as major life changing events like marriage or parenthood. You will learn how people adapt to these changes as well as the types of support available to help them. You will also learn about the different health and social care services, and about ‘care values’ and their importance in making sure that the people who use these services get the care they need. You will be able to demonstrate these care values practically. You will develop skills in interpreting data about someone’s state of health in order to design a plan that will allow them to improve their health and wellbeing. Progression : Learners can progress onto L2/L3 provision at HSDC in the Health and Social care department leading to possible progression to university or social work.

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Please complete an application form for each learner who wishes to apply. This will trigger a formal interview with a student advisor followed by an assessment. Providing learners are suitable for the qualification, they will be offered a place on the course for September 2021. Course managers will make decisions on each student’s application. Please contact Karen Pressley for assistance via email karen.pressley@ or call 023 9387 9999.

INTERVIEWS May 2021-September 2021 Key Dates ACCEPTANCE OF PLACE NO LATER THAN 3 September 2021


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