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Gateway To Learning (Pathways)

Pathways students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC).


Gateway To Learning (Pathways)

The Gateway to Learning course is designed for those who do not feel ready to access a mainstream course elsewhere within the college and require a specialist curriculum to meet their individual needs and prepare them for their next step. Learners must have a willingness to engage in education and attend all parts of their study programme including appropriate maths and English sessions.

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Course information

Course details

Course content

The aim of the programme is to support learners with moderate learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties and/ or social emotional and mental health difficulties, to progress into employment, higher level courses within the mainstream college and/or independent living. Learners will be supported by experienced staff who will help learners to take responsibility for what they do in order to improve their life choices, achieve greater independence, future employment and progression to other courses.

Where appropriate we will support learners to attend some vocational taster sessions which will help them to make better decisions about their future. Learners on this course will take part in a variety of activities to support development of transferable skills.

Learners attend College for three days each week, 9am – 4pm. Group sizes are usually around to eight learners.

Next steps

What options are there after completing this course?

As in all courses in College, there is a focus on progression and the course aims to prepare for their next step whether this is a further course at College within the mainstream provision or joining one of our employment pathways* 

*Dependent on student meeting entry requirements.

Additional information

Coming to College is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to College and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please click here to see what financial support is available through our Student Services team.

We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.

Available Courses
Cbc Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.