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Studying at Portland

Portland is a happy and safe place where you will make lots of friends and really fit in.

When you start your journey with us, you will be joining 200 other learners who are all working towards exciting futures, just like you.

Although we’re really popular, we keep our class sizes small so you can focus on achieving your goals.

Watch our video to find out just how much our learners love being here.

Learner Journeys

When you join us as a Further Education learner, we will assess your needs and place you onto one of the four learner journeys below to suit your needs and goals. You will stay on this learner journey throughout your time at Portland.  

Communicate

Learning how to express needs and wants in a variety of ways.

Exploring ways to develop functional knowledge and understanding of life skills

Develop

Developing skills and ideas to help you be more effective in education or employment

Demonstrate

Demonstrating a range of skills, knowledge and understanding to support further education or employment

Study Programmes

As part of your Learner Journey, you will choose one of the 3 Study Programmes below.  You will work towards a qualification in your chosen subject, we offer qualifications from Entry Level 1 to Level 3.  Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT are included in your Study Programme.  

City Learning

City Learning

Starting from September 2022 we will be offering a fabulous opportunity for learners to develop their employability skills in two wonderful settings; the stunning Wollaton Park programme is perfect for hands-on people who want to work in horticulture, grounds maintenance and trades.

The Antenna programme is aimed at those who want to focus on employability skills such as communication, team working, health and safety and job application processes. 

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Progression Tutors

You will be allocated a Progression Tutor who will be your key contact at Portland. They will work closely with you, your parents and other agencies to make sure you have a smooth transition into college.

They will help you to progress through your Learner Journey and achieve your goals.  Your Progression Tutor will also support you to plan your next steps after your time at Portland.

Educational Support

While you’re learning at Portland various staff will support you to make sure you have everything you need to succeed.  This may include Positive Behaviour Support, Learning Support Assistants and Information, Advice, Guidance and Transition (IAGT).

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Thinking of joining us?

If you like what you’ve seen and you think Portland will be perfect for you, we recommend you visit us or come to an open day so you can see for yourself what a great place we are. 

You can talk to staff, see our facilities and meet some of our learners. Visiting before you join can also help you feel more prepared for your first day at Portland. 

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