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Preparing for Independence at Gloucestershire College

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Future opportunities

Students have a chance to progress onto:

  • More Independent Living options
  • Higher Level courses
  • Other programmes within Foundation Studies
  • Community provision

Further information

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.

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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      • Campus shop
      • Dining room
      • Food Central restaurant and garden
      • GC Gym, exercise studio and outdoor games court
      • Library with online access and resources
      • ‘Meadow Bank’ outdoor space
      • Nursery
      • Starbucks counter
      • Student parking