School Programme

School Programme

School Programme

All pupils who attend Fir Tree CIC will have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) developed following initial assessment which will be linked to termly reviews. New goals and SMART targets will be identified and set between the Tutor and pupil.

All pupil progression will be recorded within their ILP and experiences of learner’s skills development will also be recorded alongside their accredited work in the form of a diary/journal for them to take away with them at the end of the course.

All our programmes are flexible and cover a variety of different accredited outcomes ranging from Outdoor Work Preparation, Land & Environment through to Independent Living Skills and Preparation for Adulthood.

Overview of the Programme to be Offered:

This programme is a perfect opportunity for any pupil that is looking to develop their skills and role in assisting others in sport and developing their knowledge of active leisure through angling skills participation. Learners will develop the skills required to demonstrate their ability to prepare for an activity/event, the teamwork involved, time management, marketing and the health and safety implications of delivering a successful event in sport. Learners will be involved in delivering angling coaching sessions to a number of stroke groups and charities in the Wigan borough and will be responsible for planning, marketing and then delivering the events that assist people with disabilities. This programme requires learners to have a basic understanding and interest in angling and demonstrate their ability to work as part of a team in a social situation. It is an ideal opportunity for anyone that has a strong interest in coaching and helping others in sport and would like to develop this into a potential employment opportunity as an angling coach or team leader in sport.

Qualification:

Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Sport and Active Leisure (QCF) - Qualification Number (QN) 500/4990/2

Course Details and Units:

The qualification is available as an Award to all learners which is a 70 guided learning hour’s programme. A number of unaccredited community angling sessions will also take place towards the end programme to total between 80 and 90 guided learning hours. Learners will be involved in a variety of activities and cover the following units:

Unit 16 - R/503/2843 - 'Working in a Team': Credit Value 3/GLH 30

Unit 13 - M/505/0346 - 'Assisting a Leader of Sports or Activive Leisure Activities to Plan and Deliver an Activity': Credit Value 3/GLH 40

Additional Core and Functional Skills:

In addition to the above programme we will also aim to up skill learners in numeracy, literacy and ICT. Core and functional skills such as Maths and English will also be incorporated in all elements of the course with learners carrying out tasks such as letter writing to the charities/stroke groups, head counts and knowledge of appropriate ratios of staff to anglers and developing basic risk assessments in their portfolios. The qualification will also aim to support the learners by developing social skills and building confidence when they work as part of a team to deliver the angling coaching events with the various stroke groups and charities. This is all part of the learners 'assisting people with disabilities in sport' programme and we have found this to be a huge success as it breaks down barriers and/or stereotypes that we find often exist between different generations and people of different abilities. This in turn develops new relationships amongst young and old, disabled and able bodied individuals.

Delivery Method:

The course is delivered for 1 day a week over a 12 week period. (Please be aware that this programme is only available in the final summer term between April and July.)

Maximum Group Size:

10 learners

 

Overview of the Programme:

The outdoor nature of this programme is designed to help learners gain the skills they would need to develop and work in a variety of land-based sector roles such as garden landscapers, horticulturalists or green spaces specialists. The qualification will also involve visits to a wide variety of locations including public gardens and parks as well as inviting guest speakers from our partners at the Wigan Council Green spaces to help the pupils develop an understanding of the vocational context of the work in this sector and form links for future employment opportunities. Pupils will also form links with the Woodland Trust and City of Trees carrying out community tree planting projects on site.

Qualification:

Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Studies (QCF) - Qualification Number (QN) 500/6593/2

Course Details and Units:

The qualification is available as a Certificate to all learners which is a 140 guided learning hour’s programme. A number of unaccredited community planting sessions will also take place within the programme to total 180 guided leaning hours overall. Learners will be involved in a variety of activities and cover the following units:

Unit 4 - K/505/1317 - 'Horticulture: Introduction to Pruning Trees and Shrubs': Credit Value 3/GLH 30

Unit 27 - F/502/4088 - Assisting With Planting and Establishing Plants': Credit Value 3/GLH 27

Unit 28 - H/502/4102 - 'Assist With Maintaining Plants': Credit Value 4/GLH 36

Unit 33 - Y600/0292 - 'Planting and Staking a Tree': Credit Value 2/GLH 18

Unit 47 - R/601/3168 - 'Project in Sustainability': Credit Value 3/GLH 30

Additional Core and Functional Skills:

In addition to the above programme we will also aim to up skill learners in numeracy, literacy and ICT. Core and functional skills such as Maths and English will also be incorporated in all elements of the course with learners carrying out tasks such as developing on-line portfolios and researching different plant species on the internet. Learners will also develop the skills to form risk assessments prior to a task. A number of functional skills scenarios are also embedded within the unit booklets such as calculating the cost of purchasing trees for the Woodland Trust and identifying the correct spelling of tools and equipment required for the practical task in hand. The programme will also look at sustainability and protecting the environment with pupils required to develop a project around sustainability towards the end of the course.

Delivery Method:

The course is delivered for 1 day a week over a 36 week period.

Maximum Group Size:

10 learners

 

Overview of the Programme:

This programme has been designed to support pupils who are looking to enter outdoor work or progress onto a vocational Traineeship or Apprenticeship upon leaving school. The course focuses on developing self-management skills needed to succeed in employment as well as an overview of the health and safety requirements such as the correct use of PPE and how to identify risks and hazards in the workplace. Aspects of the course will also look at how to report emergencies and accidents correctly, developing working relationships with managers, colleagues and supervisors and generally working as part of a team to achieve goals. This programme will also focus on interview skills and help learners with the development of CV’s, how to apply for jobs and general careers guidance in this sector. Part of the programme will offer a group work experience within one of our partner organisations/work placement settings supported by our specialist educators and Tutors. This will introduce pupils to the reality of working life whilst also creating initial networks with our partner organisations such as the Wigan Council Green Spaces, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, etc… This will also provide the basis and opportunity for Mangers within these organisations to speak with the pupils, offer advice and guidance and carry out mock interviews to further support their development.

Qualification:

Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Land-based Studies (QCF) - Qualification Number (QN) 500/6593/2

Course Details and Units:

The qualification is available as a Certificate to all learners which is a 130 guided learning hour’s programme. Learners will also complete a group work experience as part of the programme on a separate day to complete a total of 360 guided learning hours of accredited and unaccredited learning. Learners will be involved in a variety of activities and cover the following units:

Unit 15 - R/600/0291 - 'Maintain the Safety of Self and Others in the Workplace': Credit Value 4/GLH 36

Unit 16 - F/502/4608 - 'Assist With the Maintenance of Equipment': Credit Value 4/GLH 36

Unit 37 - Y/503/2875 - 'Working in a Team': Credit Value 3/GLH 30

Unit 38 - A/503/2867 - 'Self-Management Skills': Credit Value 2/GLH 20

Unit 39 - M503/2865 - 'Preparing for an Interview': Credit Value 1/GLH 10

Additional Core and Functional Skills:

In addition to the above programme we will also aim to up skill learners in numeracy, literacy and ICT. The course will focus specifically on preparing the pupils for employment and will naturally embed a number of functional skills activities such as job searching and developing letters of application and their CV’s. Pupils will also develop their ICT skills as they learn how to job search and create online profiles to search for suitable opportunities. Aspects of the course will also focus on employability and using our links with Wigan Council Green Spaces to explore employment opportunities. The qualification will also aim to support the learners by developing social skills and building confidence when they work as part of a team and interact with the various groups and guest speakers who will support this programme.

Delivery Method:

The course is delivered for 2 days a week over a 36 week period.

Maximum Group Size:

10 learners

 

Overview of the Programme:

This programme is a perfect opportunity for any young person wanting to improve and develop their employability, self-management and independent living skills. Learners accessing this programme will complete a broad range of carefully selected Entry Level 3 and Level 1 individual credits and will develop a better understanding of personal development skills. Topics that will be developed over the duration of the programme include understating British Values, developing personal and social relationships, the changing nature of culture and diversity, drug and alcohol awareness, crime awareness, budgeting, home management, food preparation, personal safety and personal hygiene. In addition to this, a number of work preparation credits including developing a CV, Applying for work, Interview skills, Health & safety at work and Investigating career choices will be available to select from. Learners will also develop the skills required for living independently such as ironing clothes, washing and cooking healthy meals utilising our excellent facilities. In addition, the opportunity will be made available to attend a number of offsite visits to places such as the Liverpool Slavery Museum, Supported Accommodation services and the Brook for advice/guidance around sexual health. We also have an on-site Occupational Therapist who is available to offer further support to pupils when required. The resource is able to provide pastoral support as well as carrying out assessments and offering support and strategies to help the pupils better manage issues around anxiety, stress and depression.

Qualification:

Pearson BTEC Entry Level 3/Level 1 Award/Certificate in Skilled for Life

Course Details and Units:

The programme is very learner specific; there a number of available topics to select from focused around PSD, independent living skills and work skills. This will allow for differentiation in the programme delivery specific to the individual learner needs. All learners will aim to achieve enough credits from the Skilled for Life framework to achieve either an Award or Certificate outcome. However, individual credits can also be accredited to the learner. Pupils will look to complete between 150 and 180 guided learning hours in total. Pupils will be involved in a variety of activities and cover a range accredited credits. Below is a an example of some of the credits that can be selected from:

Unit 2 - T/502/0460 - 'Healthy Living': Credit Value 2/GLH 20

Unit 5 - M/502/0456 - 'Developing Self': Credit Value 2/GLH 20

Unit 6 - T/502/0457 - 'Managing Social Relationships': Credit Value 2/GLH 20

Unit 9 - H/502/0454 - 'Dealing With Problems in Daily Life': Credit Value 2/GLH20

Unit 11 - F/502/0459 - 'Community Action': Credit Value 2/GLH 20

Unit 1 - F/600/8662 - 'Home Cooking Skills': Credit Value 4/GLH 4

Unit 9 - D/600/9298 - 'Borrowing Money and Managing Risk': Credit Value 1/GLH 10

Additional Core and Functional Skills:

In addition to the above programme we will also aim to up skill learners in numeracy, literacy and ICT. Core and functional skills such as Maths and English will also be incorporated in all elements of the course. Aspects of the programme will looking at employability and using our links with Wigan Council, the Job centre Plus and Supported Employment services to research available opportunities. The qualification will also aim to support the learners by developing social skills and building confidence when they work as part of a team.

Delivery Method:

The course is delivered for 1 day a week over a 36 week period.

Maximum Group Size:

10 learners

 

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