This course is based around the development of communication and life skills and also encourages the development of social and community awareness. We actively encourage independence and making decisions through a range of practical activities such as running enterprises, drama, sports and art. Students have a personal tutor and the use of specialist facilities to meet their individual needs.
The course lasts between 1 and 2 years, depending on the development and learning needs of the individual. It is a full-time programme of study of under 16 hours per week over 3 days. Applications for a place in Supported Learning require the young person to be in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). You cannot apply online or directly to the college. A consultation must come from your Local Authority and on receipt of this a member of the Supported Learning team will contact you directly.
About the Course
Sessions are run in small teaching groups and have a personal tutor. Students will be placed in groups with effective and appropriate levels of support according to their individual needs.
The curriculum is based around the development of communication and life skills but also encourages the development of social and community awareness. We actively encourage independence and the ability to make decisions and choices.
Our aim is to provide the learner with a supportive and encouraging environment where learning challenges can be developed.
The college has a wide range of facilities which are all accessible to the students. Support staff can provide additional help during break and lunch times as well as helping with personal care. Support staff offer additional guidance and encouragement in group sessions.
A personal tutor builds on an individual learning plan that is designed to meet students' individual needs. We aim to provide a package of learning skills that can be developed and worked on both at college and in the home environment.
Parents and key workers are invited to the college during the year for progression meetings and we actively encourage their participation at all levels of the student's learning.
You will have an interview with the course tutor to be sure the course is right for you.
Through continuous assessment, appropriate progression will be discussed with your tutor, careers adviser and relevant social services.