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This course is designed for young people aged 16-18, or up to 24 with an EHCP who have Special Education Needs and/or a Learning Difficulty.

Focus on Independence is a person-centred learning and development programme for young people with high and somewhat complex needs working at the Pre-Entry level.

The focus is on transition to adulthood including independent living and employability pathways leading into paid or voluntary employment and the course links to the preparing for adulthood outcomes.

You may study from 1-3 years and will be in the College three days a week. You may be working at Pre-Entry Level to Entry Level 1.

You may have access to Speech and Language Therapy if this is stated in your EHCP.

This course will lead to:

  • Pre-Entry Year 2 - Skills Build programme

The entry requirements for this course are:

  • Pre-Entry or Working towards Entry 1

During the programme your communication and sensory skills will be developed, and you'll learn to take care of your physical and emotional wellbeing. Learners will also be encouraged to form friendships and participate in local communities.

Technology is carefully focused on and you'll gain the confidence to use a variety of different types of technology. Overall, you'll develop greater independence and will be prepared for life after completing your one to three year programme with Waltham Forest College.

You will be assessed via:

  • Interview with parent/carer support
  • A written task (if possible)
  • Assessment of maths and English (if possible)

These are completed in a supportive and informal manner.


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