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About the course

Individualised programmes for pre-entry level and entry level 1 students whose priority is to develop the skills that they need to live as independently as possible in the future. Students will develop their:


  • Independent living skills in the home and community
  • Ability to participate in activities both in and outside of college
  • Communication skills
  • Personal skills needed to work and get along with a range of people


Development of these skills will help prepare them to be able to participate with confidence in social enterprise, supported living and community opportunities.

Entry requirements

  • Education , Health & Care Plan (EHCP) - identifying educational needs/goals
  • Previously educated in Special School or Special Provision in mainstream setting
  • Participation in a Pre-Programme Assessment Activity
  • Participation in 'Transition to Supported Learning' Activities
  • Entry requirements for all Supported Learning programmes will include an assessment of prior and current behaviour to determine if this will affect the learning of others.

What you'll learn (core modules)

At the beginning of each year, we will work with you to produce your PATH which will inform your learning for the year ahead.  You will identify your hopes for the future; then we will look at what skills you can work toward in the year ahead to help you take the first steps towards your life goals.  These skills will be linked to independence, employability, maths, English and personal and social development.

Your Learning Plan will reflect your individual needs but the following may be some of the skills you will develop on this programme:




  • Use eating places in college
  • Use the library
  • Use computer facilities
  • Where to go for help
  • Managing timetable and college routines
  • Being ready to learn/work Road crossing and safe routes
  • Using local leisure facilities
  • Make a hot drink
  • Use basic kitchen equipment: kettle, toaster, microwave, etc.
  • Make simple meals and snacks
  • Basic home management tasks
  • Managing break times and lunchtimes




  • Communication skills
  • Self-advocacy
  • Using a phone
  • ICT skills
  • Functional reading skills
  • Functional writing skills




  • Money skills, including budgeting for lunch etc.
  • To complete basic shopping tasks
  • To buy a basic lunch in the community
  • Functional measuring skills
  • Functional time skills
  • Functional number skills




  • Get self-organised for learning activities
  • Follow instructions
  • Personal presentation and hygiene
  • Problem-solving
  • Social enterprise
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Community project
  • Tasters of supported employment opportunities


Personal and Social Development:


  • Making choices
  • Managing friendships
  • Working with others
  • Keeping healthy
  • Trying new activities
  • E-safety

Benefits, skills and character strengths

You will be working on developing the follow character strengths: Ambition, Confidence, Curiosity, Optimism, Ownership, Resilience, Respect and Self-Control so that you are better prepared for the challenges of the adult world.

How will I be assessed?

Progress with your learning goals  will be monitored throughout the year and recorded on your Individual Learning Plan (RARPA).


If you are demonstrating that you are ready to progress onto a maths or English functional skills qualification/ bite-sized unit, these will be included as goals on your Individual learning Plan and you will be assessed on a portfolio of evidence.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

The classes for this course will take place in Minden House, which is specifically designed to be our 'safe' learning place for students with SEN.

Where will the course take me?

Pathway to Adulthood is person-centred to ensure that students are continually making progress towards the next stage of their plans for preparation to adulthood. Students may continue on this Pathway for a 2nd year, or if appropriate, an alternative option could be the Pathway to Employment.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Students will be expected to bring in their own basic equipment e.g. pens and paper etc.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Please contact the Supported Learning Team directly. Amanda O'Neill will be able to answer any questions you may have- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01284 716565.

Days & times

Starting September 2020
Monday 09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 15:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00
Friday 09:00 - 15:00

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