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Supported Studies at Colchester Institute

Course description

Study programmes in the Supported Studies area are for learners with additional support needs who wish to continue their education in a supportive environment. Programmes aim to equip learners with the skills, confidence and capabilities required in order to reach their own goals for learning, life and work. Programme aims are achieved by:

  • Development of Self Advocacy Skills
  • Engagement in Community Action Projects
  • Enhancement of Digital Technology Skills
  • Development of Employability Skills (relevant to the individual’s intended progression pathway)
  • Adapting Curriculum Activities to Suit the Interests and Needs of Learners
  • Integrating a Wide Range of Enrichment Activities into the Main Curriculum
  • Embedding English and Maths within all Curriculum Subjects

Course content

Access to a wide range of specialist resources and facilities provides exciting opportunities for learners to develop their skills in an active environment. Resources include café and training kitchens, specialist workshops and facilities to support the development of horticultural skills.

Learners will have the opportunity to follow personalised learning programmes through a wide range of exciting subjects*. A practical teaching and learning method is preferred and learning takes place in both educational and community contexts.

Supported Studies Curriculum components include:
  • Catering/Cookery Skills
  • Media, Photography and ICT
  • Horticulture
  • Community Engagement
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Recreational and Leisure Skills
  • Optional Residential Experience
  • Enterprise Activities and Fundraising
  • English and Maths

Entry requirements

Course offer is subject to a successful interview and initial assessment. In addition, learners need to show a commitment and willingness to work towards agreed goals and participate in all of the course activities.

Future opportunities

Part-time supported, sheltered or mainstream employment.

Following completion of a Supported Studies programme, learners may be able to progress to further study programmes

within this area or progress to a STEPS (Supported Transition and Employment Pathways) or Learning for Living and Work

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2016

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