The IFE (Introduction to Further Education) course offers an introduction to an FE college at Entry Level 1 and students will achieve a main qualification OCR Certificate in Life & Living Skills.
Learners are encouraged to develop independent skills skills through a varied timetable, which includes the opportunity for numeracy and literacy and a vocational electives option.
The course offers students an opportunity to experience college life before moving on to appropriate progression routes, usually within the ILS department.
Updated October 2016
There are no formal entry requirements, however an informal interview will be held.
During the interview, an online initial assessment will be completed to assess literacy and numeracy skills suitability. Students' social and emotional needs will be discussed to ensure the course is suitable for learners' needs.
IFE students will be introduced to a range of subject areas that could include cookery, art and design, ICT, healthy living, relationships and leisure.
Learners will move around within the ILS department, accessing facilities such as kitchens, art rooms, a greenhouse and IT suites.
To enhance student experience, learners also have the opportunity to go on class visits to places such as local beaches, museums and sports facilities. On a termly basis, students will have the choice to take part in a variety of taster options within the college, choosing from media, dance, yoga, sport, engineering, gardening and choir.
All IFE students will have access to the Learning Centre, coffee shop, canteen, quiet rooms and Sports Centre, as well as college support networks such as student support officers, on-site counselor and a personal tutor.
Learners will have the opportunity to have weekly tutorial sessions with their personal tutor. Sessions will be normally be topic-based, however learners will have the opportunity to meet with tutors in their peer group, 1:1 or with parents should needs arise.
The course will be delivered through a variety of classroom, practical, and community based activities. Assessment is through written and observation methods, which will often include photography and video assessment.
All activities will be assessed continually throughout the year.
Progression will depend upon the learner’s individual needs. A behaviour and commitment evaluation will determine if the learner will progress within ILS - opportunities include progressing onto Work Skills or Life Skills courses (Entry 2), usually within the ILS department.