Foundation Retail / Business Pathway

This pathway is for young people who want to explore a career in business through a full-time college course and may need support with English, maths and personal development.

  • Study Mode

    Full-time

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

On the Foundation Business and Retail pathway, you will take part in practical activities and assessment is continuous, rather than by exam.

Our job coaches will support you to complete work experience in business and retail as part of your course.

We accept Foundation Studies students who want to start within the academic year. If you would like to find out more or apply to start a Foundation Studies course this year, please click the button below and complete the enquiry form. One of our friendly team will then get back to you.

Scroll towards the bottom of the page for details on the entry requirements and how you’ll learn.

This course will give you an introduction to business and retail, as well as time to think about your future career. We arrange for support from our college Careers Advisers who are there to help you choose your next step.

You will also gain wider personal development skills vital for success in further study or employment. They include self-confidence, working with others, taking responsibility and time management. By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight in future study or careers open to you.

Learning will take place through a range of classroom based activities, practical hands on learning, research activities, educational visits and work experience.

You will learn in a supported environment at a pace that suits you. You will have the chance to complete a vocational qualification and this will give you practical hands-on experience.

You will take part in interactive and fun activities where assessment is continuous rather than by exam and you will complete a portfolio as evidence of your learning. This is a one year full-time course which you attend three days a week.

Your tutor will work with you to set individual learning targets each term and you will get feedback on your progress. You will take part in interactive and fun activities where assessment is continuous rather than by exam and you will complete a portfolio as evidence of your learning.

You will be assessed through creating a folder of evidence for each subject. You will be assessed at a level that suits you. Functional skills and GCSE maths and English will be assessed through external examinations.

You will gain a Vocational Certificate in Learning, Employability and Progression on completion of your studies.

On successful completion of the course, you may move on to a full-time Level 2 course, an apprenticeship or employment.

You do not need qualifications to join these pathways. However, you will need a successful interview with a member of the teaching team to show your commitment to full time study and your interest in the subject.

You need a basic level of literacy and numeracy to apply for this course. The commitment to work towards improving English and maths is required for this programme. Both Functional skill and GCSE re-sits are offered. We will also expect a satisfactory school report.

As part of your interview we will assess your levels of English and maths and advise you of the most appropriate level to study.

Why Bracknell and Wokingham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education 

  • 60+

    years of teaching experience

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