Course starts: September 2019

Age groups

14+, 16-18, 19+, Educational needs

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Supported Internships are aimed specifically at students with Education, Health and Care plans up to the age of 24 who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If they are motivated about work and want to progress to paid employment, this course can help them on the path to success.

This is a one-year programme offered to suitable existing students who are capable of gaining Entry 3 or level 1 qualification. It is designed to help them develop work skills in Customer Service. Each student will have the opportunity to work in placements both internally and externally.

Initially students will receive three days teaching until their work placements commence and thereafter one day of study and two days of work experience placement leading up to full three days’ work experience placement with a job coach to support the student and the employer.

Course objectives

Our Supported Internship programme is designed to improve the employability of our students. This course will support you to:

  • Develop your business acumen skills
  • Learn how to work as part of an effective team
  • Gain valuable work experience and develop your professional profile

Course details

Course duration


1 year

Delivered on:

16 hours per week

Please contact the Skills for Life department for more information


  • Level 1 Certificate for progression
  • Level 2 Certificate for progression

Entry requirements

Multiple choice examination papers, portfolio and work placements assessments and observations.

Teaching team

Carol Palmer (Course Leader)


Modules may include:

Working in a team
Learn about the skills that are most useful in helping you to work effectively as part of a team

We all need to communicate with other people. We need to tell other people a wide range of things, including our needs, wishes and feelings

Planning and Organising
Having the ability to plan and organise is a skill many recruiters consider essential. Many adverts will simply ask for someone who can “plan and prioritise” their workload

Health and Safety at Work


Functional Skills English

Functional Skills Maths

Enhancements include:

CV writing

Job skills


Team building activities

Moving and Handling Skills

Customer Service

Assessment and exam information

Multiple choice examination papers, portfolio and work placements assessments and observations.

Career and progression

Work experience

Two days’ work experience and one day at college studying Maths and English as well as employability skills.

You will be placed in an area of choice for your work experience with a job coach to support you until you have settled into the placement.

Enrichment opportunities

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

Into paid employment or mainstream subject of your choice.

Your career

To progress to volunteering, paid work with the support from our careers advisor. Career Options could include progress into paid work, or apprenticeships at level 1.

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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