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About the course

A pathway for young people whose priority is to develop their independence, employability, personal and social skills so that they are ready to engage in the world of work.

Students will be:


  • working at Entry Level 2/3
  • be able to meet mature behavioural expectations at college
  • demonstrate some level of independence on and off the campus
  • have basic problem solving skills
  • be willing to try new activities and challenges


There will be a range of individualised programmes within this Pathway which will primarily be dependent on readiness to engage with employment.

Participation in work related experience and vocational taster activities may form part of the individualised programmes.

Entry requirements

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

- Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)

- Participation in a pre-course Assessment Activity

- Participation in an individual Transition Programme as required

- 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:



  • Independent travel

  • Looking after own clothes (washing etc.)

  • Prepare breakfast and healthy packed lunch



  • Developing professional relationships - communicating with a wide range of people in college, and in local community

  • Know personal Information necessary to apply for jobs and services (e.g NI number)

  • Communication online and by phone for formal purposes - e.g. making an appointment

  • Functional reading skills

  • Functional writing skills



  • Managing money (bank accounts, accessing money, budgeting)

  • Time management

  • Functional measuring skills

  • Functional number skills



  • Fill out application forms online and written

  • CV writing

  • Interview preparation

  • Ways to search for employment

  • Access services who can help with employment

  • Networking for employment opportunities, including online

  • Options:

  • Community project with external agency

  • I day a week in vocational area

  • Social enterprise


Personal and Social Development

  • Sexual health

  • Managing relationships

  • Personal presentation for a range of situations.

  • Keeping safe

  • Basic First Aid

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 these 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 Preparation for Employment. 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 majority of classes for this course will take place in Minden House, which is specifically designed to facilitate the learning of our students with SEN.

Students may also have opportunities if appropriate to take part in learning activities in other areas of the college e.g. vocational tasters in practical workshops.

Where will the course take me?

This course provides an excellent foundation for progression on to further studies in Supported Learning such as:

- A second year on Pathway to Employment (Year 2)

- Supported Internship

For those students able to progress on to Level 1 courses, there are a wide range of vocational opportunities available in the West Suffolk College mainstream provision.

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
Monday 09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 15:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00

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