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Foundation Study Programme

NEW – Foundation Programme – Work-based Animal Care with Functional Maths and English and Character development.

Commencing 2nd September 2015 – We have places for 10 students – Apply now.

This course is for students who have not yet attained a GCSE level C.

You must be between the ages of 16 and 18 on the 1st September, or aged between 16 and 24 if you have an appropriate Learning Disability Allowance (LDA) or Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).  Elected Home Educated students may also apply.
Brambles are working in association with Heart of Worcestershire College (HOW) to provide this new 1 year course, Full Time (600 hours/3 full days per week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).

Foundation learning accreditations range from Entry Level 1, 2 and 3, on to Levels 1 and 2.  This course is for young people who are aiming to progress during the year to Entry Level 3 or Level 1.  Next year we intend to offer a progression to Level 2.

SUBJECTS COVERED

Work-based Animal Care - Level 1 Award (City & Guilds)

Work-based Animal Care - Level 1 Award (City & Guilds)

At the end of the course you will be able to show you have the basic skills and knowledge you need to work in a supervised role. You may also be looking for a qualification to prepare you for further training or for progression to Level 2 qualifications.

For the Level 1 Award you must complete 10 from a range of 13 mandatory and optional units.  Examples of units will include:

  • Assist with the care of animals and principles of the care of animals
  • Principles of dealing with feedstuffs for small animals and assist with feedstuffs for small animals
  • Assist with animal accommodation
  • Maintain the safety of self and others in the workplace
  • Assist with maintaining structures and surfaces and principles of maintaining structures and surfaces
  • Provide controlled exercise opportunities for animals.

For more information see:

www.cityandguilds.com (Search for “work-based animal care”; then chose “centre documents”; then “qualification handbook”)

Character Development and Resilience

Character Development and Resilience

Character Development – Entry Level 3 Certificate (AptEd)

The AptEd Entry Level Certificate in Character Development (Entry 3) (QCF) has been designed to support individuals to live effectively and independently.  It enables learners, with the support of tutors or carers, to reflect upon their own behaviour and character so that they can make changes to improve themselves, their relationships with others and their contribution to society. The skills developed are transferable to any further learning or working environment.

What does the qualification cover?

The qualification is worth 15 credits. 10 credits must be achieved from the mandatory units:

  • Character Development (2 credits)
  • Resilience and Grit (2 credits)
  • Personal Presentation and its Impact (2 credits)
  • Communication Skills (2 credits)
  • Managing and Modifying Behaviour for Success (2 credits)

To complete the qualification a further 5 credits must be achieved from the optional units.  The learner can choose units which are most appropriate for their needs.  The optional units are:

  • The Value of Confidence and Self-Esteem (2 credits)
  • Understanding Civility (2 credits)
  • Responsible Work Practice (1 credit)
  • Etiquette and Manners (2 credits)
  • Assertiveness (1 credit)
  • Online Etiquette and Safety (2 credits)
  • Motivation (2 credits)
  • Managing and Modifying Behaviour in the Workplace (2 credits).
  • Trust (1 credit)
  • Ethics and Morality (2 credits)
  • Negotiation Skills (2 credits)
  • Enterprise Skills (2 credits)
  • Working as a Team (1 credit)
  • Anger Management (1 credit)
  • Decision Making (1 credit)
  • Managing Personal Finance (2 credits)
  • Emotional Intelligence (1 credit)

https://www.apted.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/E3C-Character-Dev-Statement-of-Purpose.pdf

AptEd Level 1 Certificate in Character Development (601/3455/0) (QCF)

The AptEd Level 1 Certificate in Character Development (QCF) has been designed to support individuals to live effectively and independently.  It enables learners to reflect upon their own behaviour and character so that they can make changes to improve themselves, their relationships with others and their contribution to society. The skills developed are transferable to any further learning or working environment.

What does the qualification cover?

The qualification is worth 15 credits. 10 credits must be achieved from the mandatory units:

  • Character Development (2 credits)
  • Resilience and Grit (2 credits)
  • Personal Presentation and its Impact (2 credits)
  • Communication Skills (2 credits)
  • Managing and Modifying Behaviour for Success (2 credits)

To complete the qualification a further 5 credits must be achieved from the optional units.  The learner can choose units which are most appropriate for their needs.  The optional units are:

  • The Value of Confidence and Self-Esteem (2 credits)
  • Understanding Civility (2 credits)
  • Responsible Work Practice (1 credit)
  • Etiquette and Manners (2 credits)
  • Assertiveness (1 credit)
  • Online Etiquette and Safety (2 credits)
  • Motivation (2 credits)
  • Managing and Modifying Behaviour in the Workplace (2 credits).
  • Trust (1 credit)
  • Ethics and Morality (2 credits)
  • Negotiation Skills (2 credits)
  • Enterprise Skills (2 credits)
  • Working as a Team (1 credit)
  • Anger Management (1 credit)
  • Decision Making (1 credit)
  • Managing Personal Finance (2 credits)
  • Emotional Intelligence (1 credit)

https://www.apted.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/L1C-Character-Dev-Statement-of-Purpose.pdf

Functional Skills Maths - Entry Level 1, 2, 3 (City & Guilds) and Level 1 (EdExcel)

Functional Skills Maths - Entry Level 1, 2, 3 (City & Guilds) and Level 1 (EdExcel)

Functional Skills are fundamental applied skills in Maths and English with a particular focus on problem-solving and being able to apply these skills effectively in real situations.  Functional Skills qualifications are generally available across five levels (Entry 1 to Level 2).

Functional Skills Maths – Entry Level 1, 2, 3 (City & Guilds), or
Students need to progress 1 or 2 levels during the year’s course. Subjects include a range of units within the following topics:

  • Numeracy
  • Practical mathematical skills for personal life
  • Practical mathematical skills for work life

For more information see:

http://www.cityandguilds.com/qualifications-and-apprenticeships/skills-for-work-and-life/english-mathematics-and-ict-skills/3748-functional-skills-qualifications#tab=information

Functional Skills Maths – Level 1 (EdExcel)
Level 1 covers the following subjects:

  • Using shapes, space and position
  • Working with whole numbers
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Handling data
  • Working with money, time and scales

For more information see:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-functional-skills.html

Functional Skills English - Entry Level 1, 2, 3 (City & Guilds) and Level 1 (EdExcel)

Functional Skills English - Entry Level 1, 2, 3 (City & Guilds) and Level 1 (EdExcel)

Functional Skills English – Entry Level 1, 2, 3 (City & Guilds), or
Students need to progress 1 or 2 levels during the year’s course. Subjects include a range of units within the following topics:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

http://www.cityandguilds.com/qualifications-and-apprenticeships/skills-for-work-and-life/english-mathematics-and-ict-skills/3748-functional-skills-qualifications#tab=information

Functional Skills English – Level 1 (EdExcel)
Level 1 covers the following subjects:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Spelling grammar and punctuation
  • Planning and writing for audience and purpose
  • Reading and understanding
  • Reading and obtaining information

For more information see:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-functional-skills.html

Work Experience

Work Experience

Although you will be getting lots of work experience at Brambles you need to experience other environments and meet new people.  External work experience will consist of at least 1 full 5 day week at an organisation other than Brambles. There may also be different weekly work visits.

We will help you find the placement and ensure that the organisation supports you during your time working there. You will receive a report from the organisation for your records.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU START?

From the start you will be greeted by a smallholding farm full of animals.  They’re all friendly but you can get to know them at you own pace, you can get straight in and touch or watch from the pathways, until you’re ready.

During the first week or two we’ll talk about the “Five Freedoms” of animal welfare and how we will put them into practice.  By the way the five freedoms are:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury or disease
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour
  • Freedom from fear and distress

Maths and English will be integral to project activities. Topics will relate to seasonal changes which affect farm life at that time of year.  For example in the Autumn we are making sure there are plenty of inside pens ready for the winter, when the animals want to get into the warm and dry; in spring we’re getting ready for and looking after the many babies which will be due, and summer term is about raising the youngsters and getting them outside.

You will need to wear protective clothing, again relating to the time of year, such as waterproofs and wellies or outdoor boots. We do have some spare wellies, boots and coats if you forget to bring yours.

The first few weeks will also be a time for Julie and her team to help you settle in and for them to understand your needs and work with you to put together a plan of activities to help you achieve your aims.

Other than these things – we will guide you through what will happen – you need to be reliable and try your very best.

  • We will do our very best to care for you and help you enjoy your time here.  We will explain things to you in ways that relate to real life, so that you feel that you are improving so much that you will certainly want to get out of bed and come every day.  Let’s face it the animals will be waiting eagerly for you!.
  • The bit about “Trying Your Very Best” is up to you to prove that you can, not only to us but to yourself as well.  If you have a bad day, never mind, let’s try again tomorrow – That’s what life is about!

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