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Gateway to IC at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The Gateway/IC pathway is for young people aged 16 – 24 who have a variety of complex needs. They may have ASD, high sensory needs and limited communication skills. This pathway is uniquely built around the learner, their needs and their plans for the future.

Working almost exclusively on a 1:1 basis with a Learning Support Mentor, the Gateway to IC programme offers a variety of experiences and learning opportunities to help develop independence, communication, employability skills and community engagement.

Young people accessing this programme need to have an EHCP and be able to manage being part of a specialist department within a mainstream college. Your needs will be assessed by an experience specialist teacher to ascertain suitability for this programme.

A planned transition will be developed between your current setting and college staff.

Entry requirements

Must have an EHCP.  Joining the programme is subject to funding agreement from your Local Authority.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

The opportunity includes the chance to work with supported employment partners with a focus on developing confidence in settings that may become part of your adult care services package.

For more details contact:

Alison Goold – Head of Supported Learning
Gareth Davies – EHCP Reviewing Manager

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 May 2019
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    • Information and Advice Team
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