Course Entry Policy

Purpose

This document explains our policy for enrolling individuals onto differing programmes of learning. It relates to individuals eligible for publicly funded courses. Please also refer to our Terms & Conditions www.skillsandlearningbdp.co.uk/terms-and-conditions/ and the Learner Handbook, which explains our learner code of conduct, breaches of which may result in our refusing course entry to individuals.

Our Aim

Skills & Learning will make sure that individuals are admitted to our courses through a consistent, fair and transparent admissions process. We will ensure that all individuals are treated equally and are given appropriate information, advice and guidance to support them in selecting the correct learning provision for them.

We are committed to ensuring there is equality of opportunity for everyone who wishes to join one of our programmes and we welcome applications and enrolments from everyone with the potential to succeed. We will make reasonable adjustments throughout the application and enrolment process to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged.

Funding

Skills & Learning has limited funding with which to support individuals and we offer places to those eligible individuals who best meet our selection criteria and whom our staff judge to have most potential to benefit from their chosen course.

We prioritise this funding by:

  • Targeting funding at those who are not presently in employment, or are under-employed, and are actively seeking learning in order to improve job prospects
  • Targeting funding at those that need support to achieve greater levels of independent living
  • Targeting funding at those who have not yet reached a level in their maths and/or English that equates to a GCSE at grade C/4 and through initial assessment and our professional judgement have the potential to further their attainment in maths and/or English by undertaking an accredited course. Funding must be used in a way that challenges individuals to achieve at a level higher than which they are initially assessed.
  • Targeting funding at those at risk of social and community exclusion

Right to refuse admission

The service also reserves the right not to admit an individual who has previously attended a programme of study with Skills & Learning and has a record of poor attendance throughout their course duration (under 80% of lessons attended) or a pattern of non-completion or non-achievement of courses/qualifications. Exceptions may be made where this has been the result of poor health or medical issues (evidenced by a Doctor’s Certificate) and the individual has kept us fully informed.

The service further reserves the right to refuse admission to individuals as a result of the outcome of a risk assessment for an individual with an unspent criminal conviction or where learners have not adhered to our learner behaviour policy (please see our Learner Handbook). 

We are unable to admit an individual to a programme of study that has previously been funded for them and/or is being studied with another learning provider.

Individuals who fail to provide such information or who fail to provide proof of previous attainment levels, for example certificates, will be refused access to learning or may be delayed in starting their course until such a time as relevant information is provided. Skills & Learning may seek to reclaim fees and support costs for individuals who fail to disclose that they are studying the same qualification with another provider or have previously achieved the qualification.

The Service reserves the right not to admit an individual who has any outstanding debt for previous courses or programmes of study.

Right of appeal

Individuals who wish to appeal against any decision made during the admissions and enrolment process should email infopal@poole.gov.uk

Storage of information

It is a funding body requirement that Skills & Learning maintain records of the initial assessments for all individuals for a period of 10 years. These will be held securely and shared with relevant Teaching, Learning and Assessing staff that are involved in supporting individuals through their chosen study programme.

Skills & Learning reserves the right to amend any part of this Admissions Policy, without notice, in response to changes in Education and Skills Funding Agency and/or other Funding Body funding guidance

June 2017

Reviewed by Management Team

Next review May 2018