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SEND Pathways

Supported Learning

Call our SEND & Learning Support Team:

01284 716 257

We provide a person-centred approach to meeting the individual learning and development needs of students with SEND in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. Our team of dedicated and specialist staff offer individualised programmes designed to enable students to plan their steps to success, access a range of college and community opportunities and make positive progress towards meaningful goals.

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Courses

  • Pathway to Adulthood

    Pre-Entry - Entry Level 1

    Pathway to Adulthood programmes focus on preparing students to progress onto living as independently as possible in the future.
    Students on Pathway to Adulthood programmes will explore, develop and apply the skills to:

    • Express themselves and communicate in different scenarios and settings.
    • Work positively alongside a range of different people to achieve goals.
    • Actively engage in college, community and social enterprise activities.
    • Practice independent living tasks in the home and the community.
  • Learning for Work

    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.

  • Pathway to Employment

    Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3

    Pathway to Employment programmes focus on preparing students to progress towards entering employment, a Supported Internship or other vocational training in the future.

    Students on Pathway to Employment programmes will explore, develop and apply the skills needed to:

    • Become more independent in a variety of learning, life and work situations.
    • Undertake a range of work-related roles and responsibilities.
    • Work towards shared goals and outcomes as part of a team.
    • Take on new challenges, overcome problems and make positive choices.
  • Supported Internships

    For young people with an EHCP who are ready to engage with an employer.

    In most cases, these young people will have already completed a programme at West Suffolk College which has helped them to prepare and become ‘ready to engage’ with an employer.

    Supported Internships provide an opportunity for students to take on job roles and responsibilities and work as part of a team in fully functioning workplace settings with the support of an Employability Coach.

    Students on a Supported Internship will explore, develop and apply the skills to:

    • Take on a range of job roles and responsibilities.
    • Work positively with co-workers towards shared goals and outcomes.
    • Become more confident and independent in a variety of workplace situations.
    • Work through problems and reach solutions.

    Employability Coaches will be aiming to gradually reduce the support needed by an Intern over the duration of their placement in order to prepare the Intern to be as independent as possible in the workplace. Interns may go on to gain paid employment or an Apprenticeship after completing a Supported Internship.

  • Pathway to Achieve

    No formal entry requirements are necessary. Students will be invited to attend two pre-programme engagement days to assess individual needs and establish suitability for this pathway.

    This pathway is designed for young people who require a transition programme with a personalised approach to developing the skills they need to overcome current barriers to Further Education and/ or gaining employment.

    Pathway to Achieve programmes focus on enabling students to manage and channel their emotions and behaviour positively and equip themselves with the skills, confidence and self-awareness needed to progress onto paid work, a Traineeship, an Apprenticeship or Further Education.

    Students on Pathway to Achieve programmes will explore, develop and apply the skills needed to:

    • Become more confident in a variety of learning, life and work situations.
    • Make well-informed decisions towards positive future goals.
    • Work towards shared goals and outcomes as part of a team.
    • Take on new challenges, overcome problems and make positive choices.
    • Actively participate in meaningful, community and social enterprise projects.

    Students will continue to develop their English and Maths skills by studying for either Functional Skills qualifications or GCSE’s as appropriate.

  • Bespoke Pathway

    Recognising that it may be more difficult for you to take on the challenges of a full study programme, we’re always ready to help you achieve what’s possible for you.

    These supported education programmes are designed entirely around you and your needs. The aim is your aim, and the outcomes are based on what is realistic and possible for you to achieve.

    Bespoke pathways offer extra support including alternative high needs learning environments like Angel Hill College in Bury St Edmunds as a transition to learning on site at West Suffolk College.

    All applications and referrals are via WSC SEN Team & Special Admission Board.

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