The Three Year Foundation Programme provides opportunity and challenge within a variety of learning contexts. As a college located within a working farm, we offer a wide range of vocational learning opportunities, including Farm, Garden and Estate management. We also offer Retail through our own shop and Catering & Hospitality through our own bed and breakfast, as well as a wide range of craft activities. In all areas, learners develop an understanding of the demands and challenges of the workplace, the rewards and satisfaction work can bring, the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees as well as skills of presentation, problem-solving, decision-making, effective teamwork and communication.
“Our highest endeavour must be to develop free human beings, who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.” (Rudolf Steiner 1861 – 1925)
The curriculum at Coleg Elidyr emphasises practical learning and offers a blend of practical skills, arts and crafts and skills for independent living that aims to enable the learner to move from doing to understanding and from experience to knowledge. Through living, learning and working together, you will have the opportunity to develop your own skills and abilities and grow in self-esteem and confidence.
At Coleg Elidyr, your learner programme will include your own personalised timetable. As a residential college, we offer a 24-hour learning programme according to your own abilities, needs and aspirations, drawn from the following curriculum areas:
- Land Based Studies
- Retail and Catering
- The Crafts
- Essential Skills (literacy and numeracy)
- Information Communication Technology – ICT (including E-Safety)
- Personal Development and Citizenship – PDC
- Independent Living Skills
- Work Experience
Learning is accredited both externally, through a range of qualifications offered by nationally recognized awarding bodies (Agored Cymru and City & Guilds) and through the college’s own internal certifications, depending on the learning programme you follow.
Essential Skills (literacy and numeracy) and ICT
All learners will continue to learn and develop the key essential skills of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum. All tutors have responsibility for the teaching of essential skills within individual work and subject areas, but discrete teaching is available as and when required.
“Nearly all learners make exceptional progress in the development of their literacy, numeracy and independent living skills within a very short timescale. They make outstanding progress in applying their skills in practical meaningful situations across the college.” (Estyn inspection report, 2014)
All learners receive sessions in ICT, but learners will apply and develop their ICT skills in all curriculum areas. Being aware of how to be safe when interacting with a wide range of ICT resources is an entitlement of all members of our community. Learners are taught as part of their curriculum about how to recognise and avoid danger when using ICT resources