Starting Points

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Course Description

Would you like to return to learning? Are you unsure where to start? If you are interested in studying at Hillcroft, come to Starting Points. The course will help you answer questions about your skills, studies and future. Topics include:

  • How good are my English, Maths and ICT?

  • How can I build my confidence?

  • Which courses best suit me?

  • Can I go to university?

  • What is 'residential' learning?

  • What is Hillcroft?

  • How do I apply for courses?


Course runs from 31 Mar 2017 to 2 Apr 2017


  • There is no formal qualification.

  • You will achieve personal goals.

  • You will receive advice about courses and careers.

  • You will receive a course certificate.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Method of Assessment

Your achievements will be assessed by individual learning plan (ILP).


If suitable, you could progress to any Hillcroft course - we will advise you which to choose:

  • weekend Maths & English courses

  • The Basic Skills

  • Future Proof

  • The Next Level

  • ICT and Digital Arts

  • Confidence courses

  • Dyslexia courses

  • Pre-Access

  • Access

  • Massage Therapy


Starting Points is 13 hours spread over three days; it is a mix of assessments and taster sessions. We'll explain how Hillcroft works and discuss topics such as low confidence. You'll work in groups or independently during activities such as:

  • English, Maths & ICT assessments

  • Pre-university course assessments

  • Tasters - e.g. confidence, massage, photography

  • Individual learning plans

  • 1:1 advice

  • Help with application forms

Help and Advice

For more information or to enquire about a course please fill in this short form.

To Apply for a Course

Course Application and Support Forms:

To apply for this course you will need to complete the Application form for each course you wish to attend, there is space for up to 3 courses per form.

The Information Form only needs to be completed once each academic year, if you have not completed one for this year, you will need to complete this also.

You can either print the forms once completed, sign and return by post or email the forms direct to the college at

(You will be required to sign the forms when you attend the college)

Download the Course Application and Support Forms:

Hillcroft Student Application Form Hillcroft Student Information Form

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