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Life Skills and Independent Living at Isle of Wight College

Course description

Our full time courses for students with learning difficulties/ disabilities, and profound and multiple learning disabilities focus on what individual learners need to achieve. Learners targets will be person entered and could be around improving confidence, communication , independent living and employability skills.

Learners can start college from 16 years and we can liaise closely with schools to ensure a good transition.

The Isle of Wight College will provide ways to develop the skills that each individual needs for increased independence and employability if appropriate. The full time courses will follow the recognised outcomes of ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ and focus on developing independent living skills, employment, community inclusion and well-being. The course will be person centred and learners will have a bespoke timetable to provide a supported progression route to the next stage of their lives.  This could include developing skills to travel independently, achieve work experience or learning how to look after yourself. Learners will also be able to continue to study maths and English.

Our students succeed at an amazing pace and gain the skills and confidence to move on to interesting lives away from College.

  • Programmes for individuals aged 16-24 run over 3 days a week
  • Programmes for individuals aged 25 plus run on a part time basis

Our full time courses focus on:

  • Employment Skills
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Communication
  • Sensory/movement development
  • Preparing for Adulthood outcomes

Course content

While on the course you will learn the skills you need to live with increased independence, such as shopping and household management, cooking, healthy eating, using public transport and looking after yourself.  You will also learn the skills that will help you to find work in the future such as timekeeping, following instructions, working alone and within a team and problem solving. We have an experienced work place facilitators who support students to secure work placements/experience and support learners on placements. Successful placements include the Cup and Saucer at the Isle of Wight Council and Park Court residential home.

Your course will also include enrichment activities involving you in the community, for instance the IW Walking Festival, the Mardi Gras and trips to the mainland.

Communication Pathways Course

This can be a full or part time course specifically designed for those learners with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Classes are taught by specialist tutors trained in Sherbourne Developmental Movement, Intensive interaction and yoga. There are sensory classes that development tactile awareness and music classes to stimulate the senses, and of course we have our own sensory room. Our new hydro therapy pool is available to all learners for additional development and well-being. We welcome joint working with physiotherapist to enable learners to get the full potential from the pool.

Pathways Part Time Courses:

As part of Pathways Adult Leisure Classes we offer: Hot Green Bus Dance Company, art, cooking, carpentry, Forest School, Relationships and much, much more!

Hot Green Bus Dance Company is a contemporary dance group that is for learners who have had some previous dance experience, or progressed on from an  Introduction to Dance at college . You will learn how to work in a team, be willing to learn about dance, performance and employment opportunities in the creative industries .

Basic Skills courses for maths and English are offered free for all age groups.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2016
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