When you enrol as a student at MidKent College, you will be engaging in a programme of study that is focused on developing your skills, knowledge and abilities.
The core elements of a study programme are designed to specifically prepare you for progression to further study (at College or university), into an apprenticeship or into a paid position of employment.
At MidKent College, we will ensure your study programme is relevant to industry requirements and occupational standards across a wide range of vocational areas, to help prepare you for your future career.
Your study programme will have four key elements:
- Main vocational qualification (e.g. Animal Care, Hospitality & Catering or Art)
- Development of employability skills (including work experience)
- Personal and professional development
- English and maths.
In order to gain your overall qualification, you must past all four elements of your study programme.
So, all aspects of the study programme are important and we expect you to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to each of them.
Main technical and professional qualification
This is the subject that you have chosen to study. It could be training you for an occupation such as plumbing or hairdressing, or preparing you for work in a professional area such as public services or travel and tourism. You may have chosen to study Foundation Education first in order to develop your skills for the next step.
Development of employability skills
As well as getting you your qualification, your study programme will help you prepare for life after College. You’ll be helped to develop a great CV, filled with your work experience and skills, and guided through the job research needed to find a career.
We will help you to grow your confidence when you need to complete job applications, as well as preparing for interviews and presentations. Work-ready interviews, set up with industry experts, are a great way to tackle your nerves in a professional environment, without the pressure a real job interview involves.
You will be expected to undertake work experience as part of your study programme to develop your employability skills. This does not include independent part-time jobs.
Personal and professional development
You will receive help and guidance from a personal development tutor throughout your programme. You will be supported in all aspects of your development and progression.
English and maths
All employers and universities look for good standards in applicants, so this is an imperative part of your study programme.
We have specialist English and maths centres at each of our campuses. Each centre has classrooms with resources to encourage and develop your skills in these important subjects. There is also a drop-in hub at each where you can practise what you have learned, pick up work you have missed or seek extra support. Your learning will be relevant to the needs of your chosen career; so whether you are an aspiring scientist, plumber, vet or engineer, you will understand how English and maths will help you in the future.
The level at which you study these subjects will depend on how well you have done previously:
Grade C or above/grade 4 at GCSE: You do not have to complete a further qualification, but will undertake a project which is designed to improve your skills in English and maths. You also have the opportunity to improve your GCSE grade or to study Core Maths at level 3.
Grade D or E/grade 3 at GCSE or equivalent: You will study GCSE
Grade F at GCSE/grade 2 or Entry Level Functional Skills: You will study Functional Skills Level 1
Grade G/grade 1 or below: You will study Entry Level Functional Skills
No previous qualifications: The appropriate level of study will be identified for you.
English and maths for 19+ students
We expect students who are aged over 19 to study Functional Skills or GCSE in English or maths where they have not yet achieved a level 2 qualification. A GCSE will often be necessary for a university place or your chosen career. You will need to discuss this with your tutor.
Study programmes for 19+ students
Students who are aged 19 or over on the 31 August 2018 who apply for a 16-18 full-time study programme will be redirected to an alternative 19+ full-time, part-time or evening programme that will more suit their needs. If in exceptional circumstances this is not possible, all support will be given by the MidKent College Careers Advisers to help individuals find a course at a local provider where possible. This is in line with the College's safeguarding expectations and current legislation.