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Building Independence at Eastleigh College

Course description

This programme is for students with severe to moderate learning difficulties/ disabilities who want to build on their personal, social and independence skills, while continuing to develop your confidence and carry out everyday activities. The groups are small (maximum eight students) and support is available to meet a wide range of learning needs.

The programme is based on building your independence and the programme will be taught by lecturers who are qualified and experienced in teaching students with learning difficulties/disabilities.

All staff will help you to improve your communication skills, money management skills, independence skills while building your confidence and independence through a whole range of opportunities.

The programme will be taught in small groups (maximum of nine). The programme will be supported by one or two experienced Learning Support Assistants.

A variety of leisure and outdoor pursuits/activities will be included within this programme. You may also have the opportunity to take part in work experience activities.

Course content

This one or two year programme will cover the following:

  • Personal & Social Development
  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • Enterprise Skills
  • Home Cooking Skills
  • Road Safe Skills
  • Personal Progress
  • Money and Finance Skills
  • Work Skills
  • Skills for Independent Living

Entry requirements

  • Following application, successful applicants will be invited to a pre assessment interview.
  • This is followed by a two day assessment process.
  • Your application should be supported by an EHCP/S139a and a transition plan from your school/college or personal advisor.


You will be assessed on a two day assessment before being offered a place and assessment will continue throughout the programme.

You will spend time in the classroom, kitchen and workshop, and off-site covering a variety of written and practical work, working as part of a team and you will be encouraged to make choices and follow your interests.

Regular tutorials between yourself and your personal tutor will be held to discuss your progress.

Financial information

Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of off-site activities.

Future opportunities

The programme is specifically designed for students with a severe to moderate learning difficulty/disability.

On successful completion of this programme, you may progress onto another programme at Eastleigh College if this is appropriate, such as the new Enterprise Skills Programme at The Hive or Adult Enrichment Programme. Your Personal Tutor will help and advise you about your options.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 March 2016

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