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Skills for Work and Life 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 programme is for young people with moderate or specific learning difficulties. It is individually designed to help students achieve their potential, both educationally and socially, and to help them to make the transition on to a mainstream vocational course, training or employment. Students are encouraged to develop a range of personal and vocational skills.

Course content

You will study:

  • Edexcel entry qualification in personal and social development
  • City and Guilds functional skills English
  • City and Guilds functional skills Maths
  • Information technology
  • Vocational preparation
  • Work experience - 2 week block
  • Residential experience.

You will also study the following subjects:

  • Art and design
  • Catering
  • Drama
  • Sport
  • IT
  • Personal and social development
  • Work skills.

Since each student has differing needs, the course content is arranged accordingly. The programme places emphasis on developing a student?s communication, numeracy and interpersonal skills, decision making and problem solving abilities, in addition to skills relevant to their vocational interests.

All students have a personal tutor to guide and support them through the course. Great care is taken to plan a course of study to suit each student's interests and capabilities. The Connexions service plays an active part in planning for progression routes.

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.


Assessment is a mutual process. The student and tutor will work together to set learning targets, develop an individual learning plan, and monitor the student’s achievements. Regular reports on progress are made to parents/guardians.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

You can go on to the Progression to Work programme or another college course. You can also go into training or employment.


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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