Tailored courses to prepare you for work and life

The Skills for Life (SFL) department provides an inclusive curriculum that has a focus on preparing students for adulthood, whether that is going into some form of employment or preparing them for independent/supported living. Skills for Life supports a wide variety of students, over 95% of our students have an EHCP. 

Within Skills for Life, there are two hubs which have a focus on the areas outlined below.

Skills for Life –  Foundation Hub – (Entry 1 – Entry 3)

  • A range of courses focusing on life, independence, and social skills.
  • Students also work towards preparation for adulthood and are supported to explore their next steps.
  • Students are supported throughout the whole college day, including breaks and lunch times.

Skills for Life – Vocational Hub – (Entry 3 – Level 1)

  • Courses within the Vocational Hub focus on equipping students with the fundamental knowledge, skills and qualities needed to work towards gaining employment, as well as developing life skills and social skills.
  • There is a Vocational Studies Social Space that can be accessed at break time and lunchtime, with LSAs on duty.
  • More confident students will be encouraged to access other parts of the College.

Courses within Skills for Life 

Our courses range from Entry Level 1 up to Level 1; they consist of core social, life, and work skills, as well as providing enrichment sessions in vocational subjects such as Hospitality, Horticulture, Creative Media, Art and Photography and many more. 

We offer 3 routes within Skills for Life 


Personal and Social Route  Work Skills Route   Vocational Route  
  • Increase independence and reduce dependency on others to enable them to be active participants in their own futures and community.
  • Develop communication, making choices and support to self-regulate through a sensory based curriculum.
  • Increase independence and confidence to be active participants in their own futures and community.
  • Develop life and living skills to prepare them for adulthood.
  • To explore employability and work skills, promoting pathways to their next steps.
  • Increase independence, self-confidence and resilience to be active participants in their own futures and community.
  • Gain skills and experience in work related environments to help shape their future.
  • Explore and develop vocational routes and employability skills to help prepare them for adulthood.


Our timetables are based over three days per week, allowing students additional time within the week to access day services (through adult social care), hold a part-time job, volunteer at a local organisation, or use the time to support their learning at home. 

The department prides itself on the following: 

  • Small class sizes 
  • Large LSA support team 
  • Access to therapy services  
  • Safe, supportive environment 

To find out more about our services and courses, or to book a consultation to discuss your requirements, please contact the Faculty Curriculum Manager at info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874. 

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