Course starts: September 2020

Age groups

16-18, 19+, Skills for Life

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This course is designed for students aged 16-25 years (with or without an Education, Health and Care Plan) who have a learning difficulty or disability, including young people whose needs fall within the autistic spectrum. It’s designed for learners who may find the college’s environment challenging or whose needs may have been historically seen as a barrier.

The programme is tailored to meet your individual needs and will provide you with the educational, social, personal and independence skills required for work.

You’ll get 1:1 support or work in small groups and you’ll be supported throughout your day, including at break and lunch times if needed.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required.

What will I learn?

  • Develop your communication skills
  • Experience a diverse range of activities
  • Enhance you independent working abilities and processing skills
  • Learn to use money and develop your understanding of cost/value
  • Independent living skills

We encourage expressive communication, with an emphasis on supporting you in making your own, well-informed choices.

All elements of the supported learning programme are introduced gradually in a highly supportive manner.

This pathway provides:

  • A consistent peer and staff group
  • Visual support and timetables (where appropriate) in order to support students with managing any change in activity/expectation
  • An emphasis on kinaesthetic learning
  • A diverse programme of leisure, community access, and enrichment activities

Work experience

There is the opportunity to do a work’s week experience.


You’ll be assessed through a combination of portfolio evidence, practical tasks and statements from teachers.

Enrichment opportunities

You can get involved in extra-curricular activities and local community projects.

Career and progression

You can continue to develop your skills by progressing onto the Life, Independence and Social Skills course.

Additional costs

Students are expected to make a contribution towards cooking, trips out into the community or any equipment that may be needed (approximately £50 to £100).

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