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Preparation Course at St Vincent College

Course description

The course is designed for students who have a range of Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. It is a full-time course, Monday to Thursday 10am-3pm Friday, 10am – 2pm, September to June. The course is dedicated to developing individual student’s skills in independency through a life skills programme explored through a range of subject areas. Most of the courses are accredited at pre-entry level giving students the opportunity to gain qualifications that reflect their progress and attainment at a variety of levels.

Qualifications gained will include the following:

• English Speaking Board and
• City and Guilds Skills for Life – Entry Level 1 and 2

The course is taught by specialist staff from the Learning Support Unit and from teachers in cross-college disciplines. There is a high ratio of LSAs to Students who support in the classroom in all lessons. Mealtimes and breaks are similarly supervised.

Prep Course students will be encouraged to participate in the following:
• Residential visit to PGL Little Canada on the Isle of Wight
• Work Experience
• College Drama/Dance productions
• End of year Prom

Course content

  • Tactile art and creative activities
  • Literacy, Numeracy and ICT
  • Using Public Transport
  • Movement and Music
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Shopping
  • Horticulture
  • Animal Care
  • Cooking
  • Performing Arts
  • Life Skills and Independence

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements

Future opportunities

The College works closely with a range of outside agencies including Connexions, Community Teams, Children and Adult Services and Specialist Employment Agencies. The Specialist Teaching Advisory Service for the Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired are frequent visitors, alongside our Speech and Language Therapist, Physiotherapist and Educational Psychologists. For those students entering Year 3 of the Prep Course, a separate Transition timetable is implemented. The College and outside agencies focus on the identification of a joint action plan for the future of the individual student after they have left college. A series of meetings are held between the College, outside agencies, parents/carers and the students throughout the year, and a “Moving On” Fair is held in February where a range of outside agencies are invited into college to discuss opportunities for students available after full-time-education.

Further information

Students choose an enrichment activity to support and extend their skills in an alternative area

  • Creative Art
  • Football/team sports
  • Cookery
  • First Aid
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

* Students choose their option at the start of each new term; however, these options change annually.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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