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About the course

- 1 year programme for entry level students who aspire to follow the Pathway to Employment, but require additional support to make the transition to this Pathway.

- Students may need this support because of the difficulties they experience in managing change, or it may be because they currently do not have the personal and social skills to meet the mature expectations required to learn in an FE environment.

- Students may be able participate in the National Citizenship scheme within this programme.

Entry requirements

- Education, Health And Care Plan (EHCP)

- Previously educated in Special School or Special Provision in mainstream setting

- Participation in an 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

  • Awareness of support services available in college

  • Manage break times and lunchtimes

  • Personal presentation and hygiene

  • To buy a basic lunch in the community

  • To travel safely to a range of facilities in the local community

  • Make their own packed lunch

  • Make a hot drink

  • Make simple meals and snacks

  • Make a bed

  • Participate in taster activities in vocational areas




  • Functional speaking and listening

  • Functional Reading

  • Functional Writing

  • Self-advocacy




  • Manage money (understand that money has a value and concept of change)

  • To complete basic shopping tasks

  • Functional time skills

  • Functional measuring skills

  • Functional number skills




  • Get self-organised for learning activities

  • Follow safety instructions

  • Follow student expectations in college - language, dress and attitude

  • To be in sessions on time

  • Participate in sessions and try new activities

  • Participate in the National Citizenship Scheme


Personal and Social Development:


  • Make informed choices

  • Answer questions

  • Work with different people

  • Health and well-being

  • Use basic functions of a mobile phone to keep safe

  • 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). 

You will also continue developing skills in maths and English by completing a maths or English functional skills qualification/ bite-sized unit/ or a WSC accreditation. Some students will also produce a portfolio of evidence for a Gateway Award in Personal and Social Skills. This work will be included as goals on your Individual learning Plan and you will be assessed on the portfolio of evidence that you produce. 

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?

Those students who have aspirations to move into employment may be able to progress onto the Pathway to Employment.

Progression to a wide range of Level 1 vocational courses may be available, if students meet their entry criteria on completion of the learning to Work programme.

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 01284716565

Days & times

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

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