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Learning for Independent Living: Continuing Personal Development at West Thames College

Course description

Our Supported Learning courses have very high success rates with good progression to mainstream courses. Supported Learning students benefit from small class sizes, work experience opportunities (e.g. with GlaxoSmithKline) and a varied and stimulating enrichment programme. Students have access to state of the art equipment and well-designed purpose built areas conducive to learning.

Our courses are designed for all abilities and will build confidence, independence, social and personal skills in a supportive environment.

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.

This course is ideal for students with severe and complex learning difficulties who are leaving school and would benefit from a chance to continue their learning and development.

Course content

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.

Supported learning courses have a varied and stimulating enrichment programme, including local visits using public transport, sport and social opportunities, and a coffee shop run by supported learning students.

Entry requirements

You will have an interview with the course tutor to be sure the course is right for you.

For more information, please contact the course secretary for Supported Learning on 020 8326 6492.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

Through continuous assessment, appropriate progression will be discussed with your tutor, careers adviser and relevant social services.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years full-time
  • Course code: 0496
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