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Supported Education: Skills for Independence Scheme 3 at Banbury and Bicester College

Course description

This Skills for Independence programme may be suitable for you if you have attended a special school or needed significant support with your learning throughout secondary school. 

This course will help you to build on existing skills and develop new skills that will prepare you for greater independence in everyday life.

Course content

You spend four days per week in College and you study in a supportive environment which helps you to work more independently and grow in self esteem. You will receive a personalised timetable that will enable you to work towards goals. You gain nationally-recognised qualifications at an appropriate level for you.

Subjects covered include:
• working with others
• time and money 
• effective communication
• personal relationships 
• communications, maths and ICT 
• personal health and safety
• development of confidence and self esteem
• skills for independent living

Your tutor will work with you to set individual learning targets each term and you will get feedback on your progress. You will be assessed through creating a folder of evidence for each subject. You will be assessed at a level that suits you.

You will learn in small classes and there will be a learning support assistant to help you progress. We recognise that you might need significant help to make the move from school to college so you will have a personal tutor who will encourage and support you along the way. 

Where possible, learning will be through doing and taking part in practical activities in and out of the college environment you will learn new skills and improve on those that you already have. This is a 4-day a week programme.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. We are looking for young people with enthusiasm to learn and a desire to make personal progress. Your offer will be subject to a successful interview an initial assessment of English and maths and, where appropriate, a successful transition period from year 11.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course you may move onto other courses within the College, or go on to do voluntary work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury and Bicester College directly.

Last updated date: 22 January 2016
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      • From the M40, leave the motorway at Junction 11 and leave roundabout onto A422.
      • Continue down A422 and leave roundabout onto A361, Southam Road. Turn left on A361 (Southam Road) on to Horse Fair.
      • Leave the roundabout onto B4035, West Bar Street. Follow West Bar Street on to Broughton Road and the main entrance to the campus is on the right hand side.

      The Banbury Campus is approximately 15-20 minutes walk from the train and bus station.