Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

16-18, 19+, Skills for Life

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Our Everyday Living Skills course is designed for students aged 16-25 years (with or without an EHCP), who have a learning difficulty or disability, including young people whose needs fall within the Autistic Spectrum. Our programme provides learners with the educational, social, personal and independent skills they require for work.

The programme is individually tailored to meet the academic, social, and personal needs of the student. The programme is made up of three pathways streamed according to academic level (to facilitate peer work), with sessions running from Entry Level 1.

Course objectives

This programme is designed for those students who may find acclimatising to the environment and expectations of the college challenges, including those who present with severe disabilities and complex autism and/or autistic traits. Students may also present or presented in the behaviours that have been seen as a barrier to learning historically. Students may have also reached their potential academically will be RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement is the process to measure the progress and achievement of learners on non-accredited learning programmes).

Students may have 1:1 support, or work in small groups with an allocated member of staff. Students will be supported throughout their college day, including at break and lunchtimes if needed:

  • Develop your communication skills
  • Experience a diverse range of activities
  • Enhance your independent working abilities and processing skills

Course details

Course duration


1 year

Delivered on:

16 hours per week

Please contact the Skills for Life department for more information


Aspire ELS:
RARPA or Gateway Entry One Personal Progress

Entry requirements

Aspire ELS- students with no formal qualifications.

Teaching team

Carol Palmer (Course Leader)

Mark Snow
Genny Randall
Emma Nightingale
Rosie Parker


Modules may include:

This pathway will provide:

Provide a consistent peer and staff group

Provide visual support and timetables (where appropriate) in order to support students with managing any change in activity/expectation

Have an emphasis on kinaesthetic learning

Encourage expressive communication, with an emphasis on supporting the student concerned in making well-informed choices of their own volition

Provide a diverse programme of leisure, community access, and enrichment activities

Gradually introduce all elements of the supported learning programme (using money independently, developing an understanding of cost/value, functional literacy and numeracy, independent living skills, community access) in a highly supportive manner

Have an emphasis on communication skills (receptive and expressive) and on developing independent working and processing skills.

Assessment and exam information

A combination of portfolio evidence, practical tasks, knowledge and understanding tasks or witness statements by the teachers.

Career and progression

Work experience

There is also the opportunity for students to undertake one week’s work experience within the academic year if suitable.

Enrichment opportunities

Extra-curricular activities and community projects will be included.

Learner progression

Once completing the course, you can continue to develop your skills by progressing onto the Aspire Life, Independence and Social Skills course.

Your career

Instruction and guidance will be given to extend the experience of the student, worksheets and examples of previous work will be available to help inspire the students for future study or employment. Options include:

  • Volunteering
  • Adult Day Service
  • Paid employment

Fee information

Course costs

The course is free for 16-18 year olds and students over 19 with an EHCP

Additional costs

Students will be expected to make a contribution towards cooking, trips out into the community or any equipment that maybe needed. Approximately £50.00 to £100.00.

Funding and bursaries

Students aged over 19, you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information you can email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

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