The alternative programme

A programme designed to re-engage Year 10 and 11 (14-16's) in an FE environment to develop Wellbeing, Entrepreneurial and Employability skills alongside Functional Skills Maths and English. Learners attending The Alternative Programme (TAP) 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.
  • Completion of DfE Bronze Award
  • Lecturers who are experienced in teaching young people for whom a School setting has not been successful.

What do our students say?

"TAP has given me the opportunity to progress into Health and Social Care and has given me my confidence back"

"The course gave me the Functional skills needed to progress into Hair and Beauty meaning I was no further behind and progressing into the same classes as my school friends"


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


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 your needs.

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

You will take part in work experience in appropriate placement to begin building your practical experiences and help develop your employability skills.


You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different trips, visits and events.

This means 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.


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

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


To take on this course you will need to be:

  • A year 10/11 learner aged 14-16 years old
  • 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.


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.

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These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change

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