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Independent Living Year 1 at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description

The course is designed to develop independence in line with the recognised Preparing for Adulthood agenda. It will assist learners to develop skills and knowledge related to personal hygiene, basic cooking, road safety, travel training, accessing facilities in the community, healthy exercise, employability and communicating with others. The programme of study will include Maths, English and ICT development alongside the practical subjects. The course is potentially delivered over a 3 year curriculum that follows the independence route, enhancing prior learning to support each learner to become as independent as possible.

This course will develop your Maths and English by embedding essentials into every learning session. You will also spend time in streamed Maths & English groups working towards national Functional Skills qualifications. During your study programme you will have access to a fully equipped Gym where you will create your personal training and fitness plan, you will be able to develop your cooking skills in healthy living sessions and you will have opportunities to develop your awareness of your community by visiting facilities and places of interest. This course is all about developing you in readiness for the next step in your journey towards adulthood and independence.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements; however suitability will be discussed at interview and based on individual circumstances.


All students will compile a portfolio of evidence that will contain a mixture of photographs, witness statements, personal statements and course work. The portfolios are internally assessed and verified prior to external verification by an Awarding Body. Some students complete a portfolio which records their progress and development using RARPA (Recognising and Recording Personal Achievement), these portfolios are internally verified. Most students will be entered for Functional Skills English and Maths live assessments at the level indicated during initial assessments and verified through continuous diagnostic assessments.

Future opportunities

If students successfully complete this programme of study they can progress onto Year 2 options within Inclusive Learning. The options are:

  • Independent Living Yr 2

  • Independent Living Yr 3

Further information

All students will participate in small group sessions comprising no more than 10 students. The study methods are a mix of practical, theory and supported research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017