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Bridging Life Skills at St Vincent College

Course description

This is the first of a 2-3 year course for students with moderate learning difficulties who would benefit from learning skills for life, living and work.

Course content

The course is full-time over five days per week. Students follow a curriculum that includes the following subjects:
 Number, ICT and Communication Skills
 Drama, Dance and Music Studies
 Sport and Active Leisure

In addition they will learn and use key life/independence skills such as:
 Washing and Ironing
 Using Public Transport

Qualifications gained will include the following:

  •  BTEC Certificate in Skills for Independence and Work (Entry 1/2)
  •  English Speaking Board
  •  Functional Skills

The course is taught by specialist staff from the Learning Support Unit and from teachers in cross-college disciplines. Students are supported by LSAs in the classroom in all lessons.

The Bridging Course students will be encouraged to participate in the following:

  •  Residential Course (approximately 3 – 5 days duration)
  •  Work Experience (1 week)
  •  Next Steps (Careers Conference)

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The College offers all students the opportunity to spend time in college with the course of their choice. If you are interested in spending some time with us before the start of the course, please do not hesitate to make contact and this will be arranged to suit your commitments. Ask parents or schools to contact us for details.
* This information can be made available on tape.

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements. 


• The course is portfolio based and is internally assessed then externally moderated
• There are no formal examinations

Future opportunities

Students usually progress on to the college Bridging course: ‘Towards Independence’.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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