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Skills for Living at Reading College

Course description

This course is for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Our highly experienced staff help students develop life skills so they can work towards living as independently as possible. 

Students will learn through a mixture of small groups specialist teaching and individual support. Students can gain practical skills through a range of sessions including: cookery, gardening and music. In addition students will develop their literacy numeracy and ICT skills. The course improves students’ self-esteem and confidence to help them progress on to supported living/employment or further education.

Course content

This course offers students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities a specialist curriculum and support. Students learn a range of practical and functional skills to help with their confidence self-esteem and independence. Our supportive and experienced staff will help prepare students for the responsibilities of adult life. 

Students will learn through a range of practical sessions including: speaking and listening, IT, music, cookery, gardening, PSD, numeracy, drama, art and craft. Through the group work students will gain confidence and make new friends.Throughout the two-year course students will have a tailored programme and receive individual support from staff to help with their personal and social development.

Learning will be through a combination of group work and individual support. You will be taught basic English Maths and ICT within a group and also practical and personal skills through both tutorials and group work.

Students will improve their personal and social skills and the course can help them take their next steps into education or supported work/living.

Entry requirements

No qualifications are required for this course. All candidates will be assessed on an individual basis.

Future opportunities

This course allows students to either move on to supported employment/living or progress on to a third year of study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.