What will I do on the programme?
This programme consists of a variety of subjects, including understanding how to access and use community facilities, using transport, and improving shopping and budgeting skills. You will work towards developing your independence and self-care skills, confidence and communicating with others. You will participate in a range of enrichment opportunities which will help you choose the kind of leisure options you may enjoy in the future.
Tutorial - this will be with your Personal Tutor and will be a time for planning the week ahead using diaries, sharing any news or upcoming events, and also looking at a variety of topics which are important to support your social, emotional and physical well-being.
English and Maths - delivered through mixed methods including some discrete sessions and through embedded activities. Where possible, you will complete Functional Skills qualifications to work towards GCSEs. After assessment, students will be working towards an individual learning plan (ILP) with English and maths targets which are updated as appropriate.
Taster Day - offered in various subjects which you will try on a termly basis. This may include tasters such as volunteering at the Botanical Gardens, cafe work, enterprise, performing arts and sport.
Looking After Yourself and Your Home - looks at how to access medical services, look after your physical and mental health, how to use a kitchen safely, basic gardening skills, managing basic finances and more.
Healthy Relationships - develop the skills required to build positive relationships, including relationships, making good friendships, safety online and more.
Healthy Living on a Budget - covering things such as planning, shopping for and cooking simple healthy meals, what makes food healthy and unhealthy, and more.
Accessing Community Services - this includes planning and going on visits to places in the local community such as leisure facilities, health facilities, and financial services, and also covers road safety, using public transport and how to keep yourself safe when out.
How we will measure how you are progressing?
You will have three reviews throughout the year to discuss your progress with your Personal Tutor. For students with an EHCP, one of these reviews will include a review of your EHCP outcomes. We will work closely with the SEND team to ensure you are working towards the right targets for you.
You will be expected to independently demonstrate a number skills and abilities at an interview. The essential skills that we are looking for include:
– having a level of understanding which means you can take part in discussions in classroom with staff and peers
– being able to follow 1 – 2 step instructions
– being able to communicate own needs to others
– being able to make choices between at least three given options
– an ability to carry out some tasks independently
– willingness to participate in a variety of tasks
Acceptance on the course will be determined by an application, an interview with college staff and, where necessary, an observation in a familiar setting or reference from your current education provider. You will be asked to carry out practical tasks in the interview.