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Personal & Social Development Entry Level 1 at South Tyneside College

Course description

This course is aimed at developing social skills to enable students to manage their emotions and relationships better. Also, it will enable them to manage formal and informal situations with greater confidence and success.

Key areas include relationships, problem solving, emotional literacy, personal identity, anxiety management, interpersonal skills, health and wellbeing.

The qualification forms part of a holistic Study Programme which also includes Tutorial, Maths, English, Autism specific personal progress (creative skills, healthy lifestyles, independence, study skills, social and emotional skills, employability) and supported work experience in college.

All classes are delivered in groups of approximately 6 students. The group will have one lecturer and at least one learning support assistant.

All learners have a detailed individual learning plan which clearly states and regularly reviews their needs to all relevant staff. This includes an individual support plan which involves the student giving staff a step by step plan to meeting their educational needs.

All learners are supported to set and review personal targets on a weekly basis. The staff team are committed to understanding each learners' behaviour and guiding them to more suitable alternatives where applicable.

Course content

This course is for learners with autistic traits who are experiencing significant barriers to friendships and other social experiences. It is for learners who would like support to understand basic emotions of themselves or others and how to deal with those emotions.

It is a natural progression from Entry level 1 Independence Skills, from school or a specialist college.

Students should be willing to

  • Work on their personal barriers
  • Use community facilities with support
  • Follow basic health and safety related instructions

We expect good attendance so that learners can do their best but we understand that some medical needs prevent this.

We seek to provide an inclusive learning environment and to make reasonable adjustments that maximise learning and wellbeing. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve this, please get in touch.

We promote a positive approach to behaviour by trying to understand difficult behaviour but we expect our learners to do their best by behaving in a kind and safe manner.


Assessment takes place through building a portfolio of evidence and may also include team work, practical tasks, projects, worksheets, presentations, role plays, games and questions and answer.

The maths and English parts of the programme may have formal assessments but we do a lot of preparation with students to reduce their anxiety.

Future opportunities

Students can progress on to a range of courses depending on their abilities and needs. Options in Interface include

  • Social and Emotional Skills Entry level 2

  • Entry level Independence Skills

  • Entry level 3 Employability Skills

There are full time and part time options in our Supported learning department which include a supported internship.

Further information

Any student interested in doing this course should contact Mark Lambert to arrange an initial visit. We then seek detailed information about learners' needs and they are invited in for a taster day. This is all crucial for helping the learner decide if this course is for them and enables the staff to decide if the students' needs can be met on the course.

Mark will discuss funding and support including the role of Education Health Care Plans.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 August 2016

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