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Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

16-18, 19+, Skills for life

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Overview

Our Life, Independence and Social 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.

This programme is designed to meet the needs of students who may be new to a college environment, and require a high level of support to access their programme in a meaningful manner.

As part of enrichment activity for students, you will be able to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities and local community projects. There is also the opportunity for students to undertake one week’s work experience within the academic year.

Course objectives

This programme is designed to meet the needs of students who may be new to a college/further education environment, and/or who require a high level of support to access their programme in a meaningful manner.

Students will largely be working at entry level two but may need support in some areas There will be an emphasis on independent thinking and processing skills and increased autonomy, with a view to reducing any behaviours or anxiety that may hinder participation.

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 confidence with money and saving
  • Enhance your social and communication skills
  • Learn new techniques for everyday living and negotiation

Course details

Course duration

Full-time

1 year

Delivered on:

16 hours per week

Please contact the Skills for Life department for more information

Qualification

Gateway Personal and Social Skills Entry 2

Entry requirements

Aspire Personal Progress – students with Entry one qualifications.

Teaching team

Carol Palmer (Course Leader)
Mark Snow
Genny Randall
Emma Nightingale
Rosie Parker

Modules

Modules may include:

Community inclusion

Using money

Developing road safety and traveling skills

Accessing community facilities

Healthy, happy and active sports

Drama

Gardening activities

Social participation: working with others

Peer negotiation
increased internal discipline skills and subsequent reduction of any behaviours that may affect participation

Mathematics using money
Understanding time, recognising signs and symbols in the community

English
Reading, writing, speaking and listening

Life
Meal preparation

Health and safety awareness
Working with equipment safely

Internet safety
Personal safety awareness and associated ICT 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.

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 a higher level of qualification such as the Employability/Enterprise course or a vocational course in areas such as Hospitality, Horticulture, Retail or Care.

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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