You will work towards achieving personalised individual targets. The course will help you to get used to being at college as well as developing your confidence, communication and personal and social skills. You will develop your independence through practicing travelling, using the community, shopping/cooking, independent living skills and communication. You will also do tasters in areas like catering, retail, performing arts and art and design to help you decide what you want to do next. The course also includes English and maths and work experience/enterprise and you may do some functional skills qualifications if we agree you can achieve at the next level. You will have a course tutor who will help you if you have any difficulties and who will monitor and support your progress.
You will work in a small group, (between 8 and 10 students), with a teacher and at least one support worker. Some students have 1.1 support. There is also support available in the canteen and quiet room and during lunch and breaks. If you do not travel independently you can apply for transport to college. Some students also have additional speech and language support, literacy/dyslexia support, independent travel training, emotional /behavioural support and/or job coaching.
Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...
This course is for you if you would like to work on and need some support in getting used to being in a college. The course will help you become more independent and will give you the chance to try out different areas to help you make decisions about courses and possible areas of employment in the future. Most students on the course have been at a special school or have had support in mainstream school, are usually between the age of 16 and 21 and have an Education Health Care Plan. You do not need any academic qualifications to come on the course though some students have qualifications at E1, E2 or E3. We will assess the best course for you at your interview.
Ongoing assessment against individual targets. We also have three progress reviews with your tutor and your parent/carers each year.
Aims of the course
- To develop your independence, communication and personal and social development skills
- To help you explore options and make choices for your future
- To help you move successfully from school to college
- To help you achieve the outcomes on your Education Health Care Plan
Progression to a Vocational Skills or Preparation for Work course
You will learn in class, out and about in the community, in specialist rooms in the college and on trips and visits, on work experience and enterprise activities