AIM Awards has been pleased to welcome Lancaster and Morecambe College (LMC) as an approved centre. They moved their Foundation Learning provision over to AIM Awards in Autumn 2014 and after several months of working with us they agreed to share the story of their switch, why they decided to make the move and how they have found working with us so far.
LMC has close links with hundreds of businesses throughout the Northwest. Lindsey Walker, Programme Area Manager for Foundation Learning, explains that their department was looking for a qualification to support their curriculum further and meet the needs of a diverse student group. They happened to receive some publicity from AIM Awards on our newly expanded Foundation Learning offer and decided to do some research:
“I was really impressed with the breadth of qualifications available and the flexibility to be able to package them in a way that meets our broad spectrum of needs: we cater for pre-16 learners, 16-18 years old and adults. I contacted AIM and a representative was able to come in the next day and talk me through how the qualifications could be mapped out to cover of different curriculum strands".
The team currently use two AIM Awards qualification suites across their offer:
They are able to use units covering vocational skills and personal development from Entry Level to Level 2 while building courses that direct learners towards their chosen destinations for example:
- Aspire to Further Education, Traineeships, Apprentices or Work
- Bridge To Progression
- Path To courses
Lindsay says “Some of our learners have not been in education for a number of years, so we really need to engage them in their learning. These qualifications work because the choice of units means that learners can cover topics that interest them around a common core of learning. They also really appreciate the ability to get units above or below the level of certification as part of a spikey profile, which enables them to fully showcase where they perform well. As well as their English & maths, this maybe the only formal qualification they study towards over the course of the year and it is great that it helps them meet the entry requirements for study at the next level.”
The college has been supported in transferring over to AIM Awards by a dedicated account team. Exams Officer, Laura Jackson, has really valued having a single point of contact, “the administration systems are really straightforward and if I have a problem I know I can speak to my customer liaison officer, Briony, who will answer my question quickly”.
For more information on Lancaster and Morecambe College, please visit their website: www.lmc.ac.uk.