• A visit is arranged for the young person, they will be given a tour of the site and have a full explanation of the courses
  • For interested persons an application form will be supplied and an assessment date set (sometimes this is possible on the visit)
  • We will gather any supporting information needed
  • A decision will be made as to whether we offer a place following a team discussion
  • The young person will be informed
  • This process normally takes between one and two weeks to complete

Who is eligible?

Candidates must be 16 - 18 and up to 25 with a Statement of Educational Need (SEN). There are no minimum entry requirements and students must be Entry Level to Level 1. Students can reside in any London borough. Places are free and all students receive free travel.

How long is the course?

Students are entitled to 40 weeks training (which is one full academic year). Most of the students start in September/October and complete the course in July the following year. However, we offer a 'roll on roll off' programme and students can enroll at any time during the academic year (depending on availability of places). The courses do not run in August.

What courses can students study?

We offer Foundation Learning (three strands of learning; Personal, Functional, and Vocational) with City & Guild accredited courses:

  • Employability & Personal Development (including professional work experience programme)
  • Retail and Customer Skills (onsite shop and offsite training)
  • Practical Gardening (onsite garden, local allotment, links with Lambeth Parks)
  • National Arts Award (working with Sparkworks Arts)
  • Maths, English and ICT sessions (ALL sessions are in small groups 4-8 maximum)

Where do students go afterwards?

Students move on to further education, training and/or employment. We have an excellent track record and our moving on rates range from 62% - 82% (60% is the average). Last year 75% of our students completed the course and have started FE or employment. We support leaving students and often maintain contact for several years.

In summary

We offer an intensely supported programme in a friendly environment that aims to engage students who have found mainstream provision inadequate. For more information or to make a referral contact Matt Brownlee.

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What do you want to study?

Take your first steps towards a career in horticulture and develop practical skills
 Retail Skills
Essential practical experience for anyone interested in a job in retail
 Floristry Functional Skills
Improve written and verbal English and Maths skills as well as enjoying a practical learning package

What you need to know about applying

 Referrals Application forms Work placements

How to find out more

  Call us on 020 7587 1131