Foundation Learning

Make the step up with our range of foundation learning courses.

FLEX stands for Foundation Learning Excellence, there are four different FLEX programmes to choose from, depending on your interests and existing abilities.

About the FLEX programmes

All the programmes aim to help you to progress into independent living, further education and training or employment, and involve a mix of vocational study, basic English, Maths and IT and personal and social development.

Whichever course you choose, you’ll have the benefit of regular tutorials, enrichment opportunities, and advice and guidance on your next step as you build up your confidence, qualifications and skills throughout the courses.

There are four FLEX programmes available - FLEX Access to Independence, FLEX Lifeskills, FLEX Partnership and FLEX Vote (Vocational Options, Tasters and Employability).

Key Points
  • Curriculum personalised to your needs and choice.
  • Excellent facilities: own café, secret garden, place to sell enterprise products, independent living space.
  • Strong links with schools for early college transfer (ECT) students.
  • Annual sports day.
  • Each year FLEX students have the opportunity to take part in an annual production at the Mechanics’ Theatre.

FLEX Access to Independence

If you want to develop your independence, your confidence and personal and social skills as well as gaining skills that could progress towards employment, FLEX Access to Independence is the programme for you.

You will be involved in active learning through a series of projects which will be reinforced through enrichment time. Typical projects include (but are not limited to) exhibitions, a performance, and an enterprise business and café. The Programme also opens up possible opportunities for the College’s Supported Employment Training provision. You will develop your skills to enable progression and receive a detailed profile of the progress you make during the programme of study.

FLEX Lifeskills

If you want to develop your independence, your confidence and personal and social skills as well as gaining skills that could progress towards employment, FLEX Lifeskills is the programme for you. FLEX Lifeskills will provide personalised learning to enable you to reach your educational outcomes agreed on your Education, Health and Care Plan. The Programme also opens up possible opportunities for the College’s Supported Employment Training provision.

You will be involved in active learning through a series of projects which will be reinforced through enrichment time. Typical projects include (but are not limited to) exhibitions, a performance, and an enterprise business and café.

You will develop your skills to enable progression and receive a detailed profile of the progress you make during the programme of study.

FLEX Partnership

Delivered in conjunction with an external training provider, FLEX Partnership enables you to develop your Functional Skills, improve your personal and social development and focus on one particular occupational area. Programmes are currently offered in practical environmental and conservation skills, motor vehicle skills, creative i-media and construction.

You will learn through a variety of practical activities and classroom based sessions. Assessment takes various forms, including portfolio building, external tests and assessment of practical tasks.

FLEX VOTE (Vocational Options, Tasters and Employability)

FLEX VOTE is a suite of programmes designed to improve your personal, social and employability skills, maths and English as well as provide an opportunity to sample different vocational tasters. FLEX VOTE will help you to develop the skills you need to progress onto a Level 1 vocational course and to make informed choices on your direction on career options. You will receive a detailed profile of the progress you make during the course.

You will learn by a variety of classroom-based, educational visits and practical sessions, depending on the vocational areas chosen. Assessment will take a variety of forms, including written and practical tests, portfolio building and external examinations.

The Prince’s Trust Award and Certificate in

Employment, Teamwork & Community Skills

The Prince’s Trust Award is a 12-week course for young people aged 16 - 25, who are unemployed and need to learn, develop and practise skills you’ll need to get into employment. The course is free and doesn’t affect Job Seekers Allowance (JSA).

This course allows you to learn, develop, and practise the skills required for employment and prepares you for further education programmes, apprenticeships, and other work-based learning. You’ll gain valuable work experience and develop your English and Maths skills.

You’ll meet new people, create plans and personal goals, go on a week-long trip away, take part in a community project, complete a work placement, write a great CV, practice your interview skills, and deliver a presentation with your team.

Foundation Learning Courses

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The School Leaver Prospectus contains all the options available at Wakefield College for 16 - 19 year olds, including vocational courses, apprenticeships, Foundation Learning (FLEX) and our Sixth Form.

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