Preparing for Independence at Gloucestershire College
Independent Living courses are available to young people aged 16-24 who need to build their confidence, improve social and personal skills, and/or learn independent living skills.
Students learn in small groups of 6 - 8 with high levels of support and guidance offered by a Personal Tutor, Teaching Assistant and where required a Learner Support Assistant (individual support).
All students will have an individual learning plan (ILP) involving individual specific targets, as well as group activities.
The aim of the programme is to promote learners' communication and social interaction skills, confidence building and English and mathematic skills where appropriate. The overall long-term aim is of securing better self awareness, self advocacy and ultimately a better quality of life.
The curriculum follows a personalised approach:-
- Guidance and help for transition into College involving other agencies as required
- Initial assessment carried out in a supportive manner with student's needs in mind
- High to moderate levels of support provided throughout the programme.
- English and Mathematics is fully embedded in the learning to promote reading, writing, speaking and listening and number skills.
- Individual targets are discussed, negotiated, set and reviewed with the students.
- Regular pastoral support can be offered throughout the day.
- There are no formal entry requirements as all students will be invited to attend a Transition Programme where their needs and suitability will be assessed.
- Students usually come from specialist schools, from specific provision in mainstream schools or supported accommodation.
- We welcome direct enquires from parents and/or guardians.
Review and assessment takes place throughout the programme
Close communication regarding progress is maintained with families/carers/other agencies throughout the year.
Students have a chance to progress onto:
- More Independent Living options
- Higher Level courses
- Other programmes within Foundation Studies
- Community provision
Transition onto another course or out of college is supported and includes other agencies.
The programme also may offer a short residential experience with a high ratio of support.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in day excursions and other external learning activities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.