Pre-16 Provision at Newbury College
Newbury College is approved to accept 14 and 15 year old students onto full-time programmes. This is as a result of our outstanding quality of support and education provided to all of our learners. We offer two different options for young people in years 10 and 11 who either wish to enrol on a full-time programme with the College or combine College studies with their current schooling or home education.
The College provides a choice of pathways/programmes for pre-16 students. All of the programmes delivered over one year and offer progression opportunities onto other full time courses. The choice of pathway will largely determine the most suitable programme of study for the following year.
All programmes will include tutorial, enrichment and work experience.
Pre-16 Academic Pathway
The academic pathway is ideally suited to students who wish to continue studying subjects they may have started at school. Students will complete Functional Skills English, Functional Skills Maths and BTEC Level 1 Applied Science. They will also have lessons in ICT, Business Studies and Media Studies.
This pathway is designed for students who intend to progress to the GCSE programme.
Pre-16 Vocational Pathway
The vocational pathway is designed to give students a real choice of vocational subjects. All students will complete Functional Skills English, Functional Skills Maths and BTEC Level 1 Applied Science. Students will then be able to select options from a range of vocational topics including Motor Vehicle, Hair and Beauty, Child Care, Art, Construction, Public Services, Sport and Hospitality.
The GCSE programme is aimed at students who have either completed one of the Pre 16 pathways or who wish to re-sit their GCSE subjects. The GCSE programme will include Maths, English, and Science. Students will then be able to select two further GCSEs from either Photography, Business Studies, History and Psychology.
Uniform and equipment
All students aged 14 and 15 will be expected to wear a light blue top as uniform. All course-specific equipment and materials, including the uniform will be funded by the College.**
**Excludes stationary and £10 Enrichment fee.
Information and Support
The Pre-16 Team provide support for the following:
The College has an Admissions Policy, please do not hesitate to ask for a copy from our Admissions Team. We start our admission from the beginning of September and complete this by October half term.
Any Pre 16 student wanting to enrol after October half term will only be invited for an interview after the school or the Local Authority has been contacted in writing.
All applications for the College Pre 16 Provision, will be in a two-stage interview:
Stage 1: In this stage we aim to identify whether we can meet the educational needs of your son or daughter. A tour of the college will be given in order to help you assess the suitability of the College environment for your son/daughter. We will also discuss safeguarding arrangements and attendance expectations.
Following the interview, if it is agreed the College is able to meet the educational needs of your son or daughter, a second stage interview invitation will be given. At this point we will ask you to complete the relevant Pupil Premium documentation, if applicable. We will also write to the Local Authority and/or school to seek background information.
Stage 2: At this stage your son or daughter will meet the course leader of their subject choice to discuss in detail the course expectations and potential progression routes. At this point we will confirm a place has been reserved for your son or daughter to study at Newbury College.
Safeguarding & Pastoral Care
We believe that excellent pastoral care is the key to successful learning for our Pre-16 students. With this in mind, the pre-16 provision has a dedicated pre-16 common room and a Pastoral Care and Safeguarding Officer. Attendance is closely monitored on a daily basis, with weekly reports going out to parents, local authorities and schools. Parents and schools can contact the team directly to discuss their child/pupil’s progress.
Bullying and Anti-Social Behaviour
Bullying and anti-social behaviour is not tolerated at Newbury College. All students, regardless of age, must agree to abide by our Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct includes expectations of students in terms of their learning and behaviour and establishes the disciplinary process should it need to be actioned. Bullying, in any form, is considered a serious breach of the code and would result in a Stage 3 disciplinary which involves a hearing with the Deputy Principal, Learner Services Manager and relevant Curriculum Manager. This could result in exclusion from College or restrictions to returning to College courses.
General queries, financial support and appeals/complaints
Our Pre-16 Team are always happy to help answer any questions you have about any aspect of studying at Newbury College. Please contact us for more information.