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Towards Independence Level - Pre-Entry and Entry Level at Lowestoft College

Course description

This course is for students aged 16+ without previous experience of Further Education, who have been our of education for some time or are leaving a special school and have a range of support needs. The majority of learners will be over 19. This is tailored towards students with severe learning difficulties and complex needs.

Course content

The course aims to:

• Prepare students for learning within a structured educational environment 
• Provide students with useful study skills to help them achieve externally recognised accreditation 
• Provide new learning experiences to enable the students to make informed choices within future college courses
• Develop independent living skills

Learners are able to choose from a variety of programme units according to interests, skills and aspirations. These could include:

• Functional skills (maths, English and ICT)
• Communication 
• Horticulture
• Practical/Vocational skills 
• Community action 
• Leisure and community
• Independent living skills 
• Projects 
• Sessions in the new interactive sensory room

Courses can differ in terms of length, content, context or setting, depending on the needs of the learner. This will be discussed at an interview/initial assessment process and regularly reviewed. A course usually runs over 36 weeks each year (September to July). Full time students need to be able to attend three days a week - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 4pm.

Entry requirements

The only entry requirement for this course is that you have the ability to make choices within the learning programme.


This full-time, one year course commences in September each year. Assessment is on-going throughout the course and the only examinations are in Functional Skills English and maths. The students build a portfolio of evidence throughout the year to meet the Awarding Bodies criteria. Portfolio evidence will include; written work, observational feedback/witness statements, photographic evidence etc.

Future opportunities

The course tutors will work closely with Social Workers, Careers Advisors and Sheltered Work providers to ensure smooth transition/progression to other provision outside of college. Some Towards Independence learners may be able to continue their progression route/progress on to the Pathways course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 April 2016
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