Course starts: September 2020

One year – Entry Level 2
Two years – Entry Level 3

Age groups

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

At least an Entry 2 or Entry 3 and relevant qualifications in English and maths.


What will I learn?

  • Develop your communication skills
  • Experience a diverse range of activities
  • Enhance your independent working abilities and processing skills
  • Attend work experience opportunities
  • Be supported to integrate into the wider college community
  • Learn to use money independently, including developing your understanding of cost/value

This pathway provides:

  • Visual support and timetables (where appropriate) to support you with managing any change in activity/expectation
  • An emphasis on kinaesthetic learning, encouraging expressive communication, and supporting you in making your own, well-informed choices
  • A diverse programme of leisure, community access and enrichment activities



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


Enrichment opportunities

Extra-curricular activities and community projects are included.


Career and progression

You can progress to a higher qualification such as the Employability and Enterprise course or a specialist vocational course in hospitality, horticulture, retail or care.


Additional costs

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



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