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A programme designed to re-engage 16-18 in an FE environment to develop Wellbeing, Entrepreneurial and Employability skills alongside Functional Skills Maths and English. Learners attending Access to Further Education (ATFE) will have the opportunity to further develop skills across arrange of units at Level 1 to enable the young person to make informed choices regarding their Progression and Future opportunities.

What makes The Alternative Programme at HRC special?

  • An opportunity to study a range of diverse units linked to Employability and Business whilst developing social skills and wellbeing.
  • An opportunity to achieve recognised Functional Skills in Maths and English.
  • You will complete work experience linked to your career through the employability units designed in the curriculum.
  • Participation in FE sector tasters to experience different industries adding to the learner's progression routes at the end of the course.
  • Lecturers who are experienced in teaching young people for whom a School setting has not been successful.

What do our students say?

"ATFE allowed me to restart my future, I thought it was all over"

"The course gave me the Functional skills needed to progress into Art and Design meaning I was no longer behind and progressing into the same classes as my friends"

What can I do next?

After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose to:

  • Take on a new course at Level 1 or 2 with us at HRC:
  • An Apprenticeship
  • Enter into employment with training

What will I be doing?

You will be introduced to a range of units at Level 1 designed to improve your employability skills as well as your understanding of social circumstances and wellbeing.

Functional Skills in both Maths and English at an appropriate level that meets you needs

FE sector tasters to help enable the learner make informed choices when looking at progression routes

You will be given work experience in appropriate companies to begin building your practical experiences and help develop your employability skills.

Added Extras

You will have the chance to work on fund-raising events for charities as well as participating in a Dragons Den event linked to your unit.

How will I be assessed?

You will undertake a range of Units, which will test your ongoing learning, as well as challenge you to demonstrate your strengths and develop your prior knowledge.

Functional Skills exams with multiple intakes throughout the academic year- reducing exam pressure and anxiety.

Entry requirements?

To take on this course you will need to be:

  • Working at an E3 /L1 Level (BKSB assessments at interview will determine)
  • A committed and passionate learner willing to participate in an FE environment.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring appropriate note-taking items with you, including a notepad, pen and pencil.

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Please be advised that there is a fee to cover the general cost of curriculum delivery both in and out of the classroom. Our curriculum is wide a varied and also includes opportunities to visit and experience learning out of the classroom in real life environments. As I am sure you are aware this is not always free and there are costs involved when providing safety equipment, travel and other resources. Each course has been costed separately and some may vary from one another due to resource requirements.

If you are having difficulties paying due to financial hardship please contact HRC Information Centre on 01992 411411

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

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