Course starts: September 2020

Duration: One year

Age groups

Skills for life

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For students with high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome or mental health needs such as anxiety, OCD or depressive illness, we have designed a course to support your individual needs while allowing you to explore your full potential. The course includes sport, personal skills and opportunities for other activities like swimming and art.

We’ll encourage you to participate in work experience to build confidence and develop transferable skills for the work place. If you make good progress, you’re encouraged to move forward on to a mainstream course within the college in a subject of their choice.

Entry requirements

There are no formal qualifications but you will be required to attend an interview to ensure that the course meets your requirements. Most students will either have a Statement of Educational Needs or an Education, Health Care plan.

What will I learn?

  • Develop your confidence
  • Improve you social communication
  • Gain independence, both in college and in the local community


  • Sport
  • Personal skills
  • Accessing the local community
  • Cooking
  • Art
  • Social communication
  • Maths and English skills
  • Individualised learning


You will be assessed through a portfolio of evidence. It will be flexible and tailored to suite your individual needs.

Enrichment opportunities

You’ll take part in a wide range of activities such as cooking, art and using the sensory room.

You’ll also be able to take part in other activities, both on and off the college site – like sports and trips.

Career and progression

You can progress to another pathway in the Skills for Life department or follow a mainstream college programme as a part of our Pathway+ course. This will depend on your skills and qualifications. You can also progress into paid employment.

Additional costs

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

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