Preparation Course

Preparation Course

Preparation Course

for Life and Learning Courses

Course outline:

These courses are designed for students with a range of Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.

Courses currently full time over five days a week for learners within the 16 – 18 age bracket. Times are Monday – Thursday 10.00 am – 15.00 pm and Friday 10.00 am – 13.00 pm. An additional course for learners aged 19+ is also available which runs over 3 full days and one half day.

All courses are devised to support learner’s independence and life skills which are explored through a range of subjects. Courses also provide learners with the opportunity to choose parts of their own curriculum in order to engage and motivate them further. Each course has a key focus on developing numeracy and literacy skills, and in addition learners are encouraged to take part in suitable work experience.

All courses are accredited at entry level giving learners the opportunity to gain qualifications that reflect their personal stage of progress and development.

Qualifications gained will include the following:
• Entry level 1 Diploma in skills for independent living
• Entry level 1 Award in Making Support Work for You
• Entry level 2/3 Award in Directing Own Support
Additional Opportunities:
• Rock challenge
• Work experience
• College drama productions
• End of year Prom
• Out and about visits and trips

Next Steps:
The College works closely with a range of outside agencies including Community Teams, Children and Adult Services and Specialist Employment Agencies. The Specialist Teaching Advisory Service for the Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired are frequent visitors, alongside our Speech and Language Therapist, Physiotherapist and Educational Psychologists. For those students entering Year 3 of the courses, a separate Transition timetable is implemented. The College and outside agencies focus on the identification of a joint action plan for the future of the individual student after they have left college. A series of meetings are held between the College, outside agencies, parents/carers and the students throughout the year, and a “Moving On” Fair is held in February where a range of outside agencies are invited into college to discuss opportunities for students available after full-time education.

Opportunity to further develop skills for adulthood may then be available on one of our Post 19 New Horizons Courses should this be a suitable option.

Link Course/Tasters:
The College offers all students the opportunity to have taster sessions of the course of your choice. If you are interested in spending some time with us, please do not hesitate to make contact and this will be arranged to suit your commitments. Ask parents or schools to contact us for details.
The information on this leaflet can be made available on tape.

Key Facts:

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    2 – 3 years

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    Entry Qualifications:


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    Course Core:

    – Tactile art and creative activities
    – Literacy, Numeracy and ICT
    – Using Public Transport
    – Movement and Music
    – Sport and Fitness
    – Shopping
    – Horticulture
    – Animal Care
    – Cooking
    – Performing Arts
    – Life Skills and Independence

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    Students choose an enrichment activity to support and extend their skills in an alternative area
    – Creative Art
    – Football/team sports
    – Cookery
    – First Aid
    – Duke of Edinburgh Award
    * Students choose their option at the start of each new term; however, these options change annually.

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