Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

Skills for life

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For students with high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or mental health needs such as anxiety, OCD or depressive illness, we have designed a course to support their individuals need whilst allowing them to explore their full potential.

Junctions is a one-year course for students who find starting college on our main campus daunting. It also includes sport, personal skills and opportunities for other activities like swimming and art. If students’ make good progress, we will encourage you to move forward on to a mainstream course within the college in a subject of their choice.

We encourage you to participate in work experience to build confidence and develop transferable skills for the work place. Following the successful completion, and if you are ready, one week’s work experience will be arrange with an external organisation.

Course objectives

It is designed to help students to:

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

Course details

Course duration


1 year – Level 1

Delivered on:

16 hours per week

Please contact the Skills for Life department for more information


  • Level 1 certificate in progression
  • Level 2 certificate in progression

Entry requirements

There are no formal qualifications but you will be required to attend a formal interview to ensure that the course meets your requirements.

Most students will either have a Statement of Educational Needs or an Educational Health Care Plan.

We do require a transitional meeting before the start date of the course so we can support and guide students before the programme commences.

Teaching team

Nicola Newton (Course Leader)
Rosie Parker
Anna Grey


Modules may include:

You will be able to choose from Gym Sessions, Football, Swimming and Personal Fitness

Personal Skills
Develop your soft skills include problem solving, adaptability, dependability, self-motivation and leadership skills.

Accessing the local community
To visit local amenities within the community to gain insight on what the vicinity has to offer.

Cooking lesson to gain independence for the future.

To explore different themes in Art

Social Communication
Entering into activities to engage with others

Math’s and English Skills
Learn the fundamental for literacy and numeracy

Individualised learning
Individual Learning Plan written for the individual depending on their needs and targets set

Assessment and exam information

Assessment will be continuous and you will build a portfolio of evidence. It will be flexible and tailored to suite your individual needs. It may include photographs, witness statements, observations, videos and PowerPoint presentations as well as more traditional forms of evidence.

Functional skills will include short tests.

Career and progression

Work experience

Students will undertake a week’s placement during the academic year.

Enrichment opportunities

You will take part in a wide range of activities such as cooking, art activities. You will also be able to take part in other activities, both on and off the college site like sports, trips and visits.

Learner progression

Once completed, you will be able to progress to another pathway in the Skills for Life department or follow or follow a mainstream College programme as a part of our Pathway+ course. This will depend on your skills and qualifications.

Your career

You can progress into paid employment of your choice.

Career options include, Level 1 or 2 course, Mainstream College course, Paid employment, Supported internship, Traineeship, Apprenticeship.

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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