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Horizons Work Preparation at Reading College

Course description

This course is mainly for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. In addition to developing their personal and social skills learners will spend two days a week on work experience. Students will learn via a combination of group work and specialist support. The course is varied and allows students to develop their literacy, numeracy and IT skills, as well as their work skills. Students also learn practical skills through sessions that include cookery, art, photography and radio. Our supportive and experienced staff will help prepare students for employment and an independent life.

Course content

This course helps learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities develop a combination of work experience, practical and key skills. As part of the course students will have two days of supervised work experience to help develop their work skills. Students will learn through a range of practical sessions including art, cookery, craft, photography, music, radio, sport and recreation, desktop publishing and a range of enrichment activities including coaching and Duke of Edinburgh awards. There will also be the chance for them to take part in enrichment activities such as discos, residential trips, visits to museums, exhibitions and theme parks. A tailored approach is taken towards learning with specialist staff providing support to students every step of the way. Students will learn a specialist curriculum and be taught in groups and receive individual specialist support.

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 group 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. Experienced and supportive staff will help prepare students for the responsibilities of adult life.

Entry requirements

No qualifications are required. Students will be individually assessed and given an informal interview.

Future opportunities

Students will gain the opportunity to progress on to further studies or employment.

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.