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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.

Learners may have special educational needs and disabilities such as behaviour, emotional and social difficulties (BESD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mild learning difficulties (MLD), moderate learning difficulties (MLD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and opposition defiant disorder (ODD).

Learners will be working towards Entry Level 1 to Entry Level 2 and want to improve their employability skills and personal social skills.

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 Entry Level 1.

This course will lead to:

  • Pre-Supported Internship
  • Pathways to Vocational Studies
  • Bridging the Gap to Mainstream
  • Supported Internship

The entry requirements for this course are:

  • Entry Level 1 and /or working towards Entry Level 2

This is a BTEC qualification for independent living. However, the programme is personalised and the assessments will be based on individual needs and ability.

This and alternative qualifications combine employability, personal and social and learning skills to give learners an opportunity to develop the skills needed to progress to employment, independent living, further learning or a combination of these. Units taught are personalised to enhance the skills that each learner wants to master.

The core modules include:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
  • Independence
  • Employability
  • Enrichment
  • Qualification

You will be assessed via:

  • Interview
  • A written task
  • Assessment of maths and English

These are completed in a supportive and informal manner.


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