Foundation Learning (RARPA)
Foundation Learning (RARPA)
RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement) allows Foundation Learning programmes to be flexible and based on your starting point and what you want to achieve. We are all about the Learning Journey of each young person. As we are all unique. So is the journey. We will develop your essential skills such as independence, confidence, employability and wellbeing, whilst also adding maths, English and other skills which we will plan together along the journey.
- RARPA is very different from traditional qualifications and you will plan your goals with your teachers. The development of real ‘lifeskills’ through projects, work experience and classroom based sessions will become the modules you will work towards. Maths and English skills are incorporated within each course and you will have the opportunity to work towards qualifications in these areas.
There are no formal entry requirements. Places will be offered based upon an interview with one of the teachers and also a member of the Support team. We want to make sure that we can meet your expectations and support you in the best way possible.
Depending on chosen subjects; safety boots and overalls may be required. Stationery such as pens, pencils, paper and calculator advised.
Candidates may progress through a short, mid or long-term journey. Progression may be to either further studies within the College Group, or employability. This is something that we will work on throughout your stay in Foundation.
Mode of Study
Courses are free for 16-18 year old students and for 19-24 with an Education, Care and Health Plan
Foundation Learning – Sian John
A lecturer in Foundation Learning, Sian joined the College almost two years ago having previously run her own business as a dog trainer. She even brings her own pet dog, a springer cross poodle, into college to work with students with behavioural issues.
Sian worked originally as an accountant and also as a novelist and freelance copywriter. She continues to maintain her writing skills as a travel blogger and plans to lift the lid on France following her next trip.
Now responsible for the College’s Lifeworks Centre, Sian helps students who have special educational needs and disabilities to develop skills for work and independent living. She said, “Our ethos as a department is to make sure that all students work to individual targets that challenge them and raise their aspirations.
“By trying a range of skills from cookery to carpentry and floristry, students get the chance to find out where their talents lie. We also introduce them to local employers so that they have meaningful work opportunities and jobs to go to when they leave college.”
Sian is currently studying for a degree in business and management and plans to continue her career in further education hopefully moving into a managerial role in the future.
Foundation Learning – Ian Lee
Ian has spent the last decade supporting Foundation Learning students at the College with a range of skills including cookery, carpentry and life skills. A former student of the College himself, Ian trained as a chef and enjoyed a long career in the catering sector including at the University of Warwick. He also worked for a local conference centre, a number of hotels, and at Coventry City Football Club.
Following a change of career direction, Ian started as a teaching assistant within the College and soon progressed on to become a tutor, studying for his teaching qualifications, finding that supporting foundation learning students was highly rewarding.
As well as learning cookery, Ian’s students have been brushing up their woodworking skills following a donation of unwanted pallets that they are now busy converting into bespoke planters for use in a range of different areas. Ian has led the project to help refurbish the boundary fence, sight screens at Bedworth Cricket club, and to upgrade park benches, skating parks and other recreational parks around the community for Nuneaton Borough Council.
Ian said, “I have enjoyed passing on my knowledge of catering and general life skills because I see the students grow in confidence and gain the skills they need to succeed in the world of work.”