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Prospective students get a taste of Pathways course

Thursday 21 April 2022

Selby College has hosted a number of successful taster events for its Pathways to Progression course – highlighting the various different development routes available to prospective students.

The College recently invited a group of Year 11 students from Selby High School to its campus to take part in the first of its Pathways Taster Events.

After expressing their interest in Construction, the students were set a challenge which saw them work in teams to build a candle holder out of mini bricks. The students’ creations were then judged by Quality Manager at Selby College, Kim Chafer, who awarded the winning team prizes.

A Pathways Taster Event was also held for Year 11 students at Rubicon, in Selby, which included a session in the College’s photography studio where the students learned how to draw with light.

In addition to this, the students spent time within the Construction department where they completed a challenge to build a small house using a construction kit.

The Pathways to Progression department has also hosted individual Taster Events for students from schools including Danesgate, Forest Moor and William Henry Smith, as well as a number of learners who are currently being home schooled.

It was great to be able to offer prospective students in the local area a taste of what our Pathways to Progression course is about. We received some fantastic feedback from the students who expressed that the taster events helped to ease their anxiety and stress regarding their transition from school to College. We’re looking forward to hosting more events of this kind in the near future for our local feeder schools including Howden School and Market Weighton, giving prospective students the chance to see first-hand what the course has to offer, as well as the beneficial impact it has on learners.

Kelly Bowling, Pathways to Progression Lecturer at Selby College

As part of the Taster Event, students were given a tour of the College’s state-of-the-art campus and facilities. The students also enjoyed lunch in the College’s onsite restaurant and made use of its ping-pong tables outside.

The Pathways to Progression courses are ideal for students working at both Entry Level and Level 1, who may require a personalised approach to meet their individual needs. As the programme is taught in small groups, or sometimes one-to-one, students are able to receive the appropriate levels of learning support that they require. This is done through a combination of taught theory and practical sessions, visits, speakers, and group activities. We will work with the student to tailor the programme to their ambitions and goals, ensuring that they can progress onto their next step – whether that be continuing their studies or starting their career.

Carla Cantrell, Curriculum Manager for Pathways to Progression at Selby College

The College has also been hosting internal course taster sessions for its current Pathways to Progression students, enabling them to explore the different progression routes which are available to them once they’ve completed their qualification.

The students have spent one morning a week across the College’s subject areas, allowing them to gain insight into what they will be doing on their chosen Level 2 course, as well as meet their future tutors.

The Pathways to Progression courses aim to help learners develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to progress onto further study or employment.

Students study a range of units to enable them to develop vocational skills such as preparing for work and work placement, whilst the independent living units allow them to manage money, go shopping and undertake basic food preparation as well as using public transport.

Furthermore, the Level 1 Pathways to Progression course covers a wide range of modules including Apprenticeships and careers, being organised, developing a personal progression plan, IT skills, presenting to others and team work and problem solving.

There are no formal entry requirements for the qualification, but students are expected to complete work to the best of their ability to ensure they are able to progress onto their next steps.

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