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Horizons STEPS (Skills for Training, Employment, Progression & Self-development) at Reading College

Course description

This course is a link mainly for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to enable them to move to mainstream courses. The course allows students to work more independently and provides them with weekly work experience. Student still receive specialist support but work in larger groups. Experienced staff are on hand to help students progress on to work or further study. The course helps students develop their literacy numeracy and IT skills study subjects like citizenship and drama and develop their creative skills. Students can progress to Functional Skills at Entry Level 3 or Level 1.

Course content

This is a bridging course for students who need to develop personal and work-related skills before progressing to employment. The STEPS course allows students to work more independently to Level 1 but still benefit from the support of specialist staff. Students will study literacy, numeracy and IT plus self development and food hygiene. Students will gain the opportunity to progress on to further studies or employment. The course will give students an accredited qualification of Entry Level 3 or Level 1 allowing them to move to a mainstream course. Citizenship, Work Place Health and Safety, Your Role at Work, and Social Drama or Art and Design. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities such as discos, residential trips, visits to museums, exhibitions and theme parks. To bolster their work skills students will have work experience for two days each week which can help them progress to a Level 1 course.

Students will spend two days a week on supervised work experience and pick up future skills for employment. There will be a range of enrichment activities and practical sessions allowing students to develop their personal and social skills.

Students will gain the opportunity to progress on to further studies or employment. The course can help boost students’ confidence and self-esteem, improve their independence and prepare them for the workplace.

Entry requirements

No qualifications are required. Students will be individually assessed and given an informal interview. An educational statement may be required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.