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SCHOOL OF PERSONALISED LEARNING

WELCOME

TO THE SCHOOL OF PERSONALISED LEARNING (SPL)

In addition to our higher-level academic programmes, St Vincent College is also one of the south’s leading providers of post-16 education for students who require specialised curriculum and support due to a range of special educational needs and disabilities.

EDUCATION FOR ALL

All students are offered meaningful and purposeful work experience and/or the opportunity to develop practical life and advocacy skills throughout their educational journey. In addition we are now part of a virtual employability hub in conjunction with Eastleigh College. This means that if your young person is more practical and keen to develop skills for work, then we can still offer a three year curriculum pathway that is better suited to their aspirations.

MELANIE WILLIAMS

HEAD OF SPECIALIST CURRICULUM

COURSES

DIGITAL MEDIA NEW HORIZONS PERSONAL PROGRESS PERFORMING ARTS PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS FOR INDEPENDENCE AND WORK VOCATIONAL STUDIES

BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Digital Media 

This course provides learners with the opportunity to develop a range of skills in the digital media sector. The course looks at a variety of media aspects whilst also including IT elements that develop the learners skills further. 

All learners will study core units that focus on key transferable skills such as being organised, where we will discover how to use different organisational techniques and creating a personal development plan, allowing you to look at the many pathways this qualification could lead to. Learners will also take a number of sector units. The content of the sector units offers a broad introduction to the skills and knowledge within the media and IT sectors, allowing the delivery to be practical and active in order to engage learners. For digital media, the units cover activities such as designing for a digital product, creating storyboards, shooting moving image and recording audio 

Units Included 2020/2021:

A1: Being Organised 

  • During the course you will learn how to stay organized whilst planning a media production. We will look at the different techniques we can use to stay organized and also look at which of these techniques can be applied to your coursework.

A2: Creating a Personal Development Plan 

  • As a class, we will look into the different pathways this qualification can lead to. We will research careers that sound interesting and discover more about how you can get into that role. 

DM5Creating a Storyboard 

  • Storyboards play a crucial part in the pre-production role of any media project. We will look at the challenges directors, actors, camera men and producers face when they are tasked with filming a scene without one and learn how to create an industry standard storyboard using a pre-existing script 

DM7Producing an Advert 

  • During this unit we will look at some famous adverts and analyse what makes them good or bad. Then you will have a chance to meet some local businesses and create a short video advertisement for their company. 

DM10: Shooting a Short Film 

  • Pulling together all you have learned from this year, you will write, plan and produce a brand new short film, based on your own idea. You will need to develop you idea from start to finish and will need to consider using both CGI and practical effects. 

What can this lead to? 

Skills gained during this year, will allow students to progress onto the Level 1 Diploma, where all the skills they have learned will play a large role in all of their assignments.

For further information on this course, please contact the Head of Personalised Learning, Mel Williams, on mwilliams@stvincent.ac.uk

BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Digital Media 

giving learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills in the digital media sector and supporting progression on to further study. It could be a substantial vocational qualification within a study programme that includes other appropriate subjects such as English and maths. 

All learners will study core units that focus on key transferable skills such as research and planning, time management and working with others. Learners will also take a number of sector units. The content of the sector units offers a broad introduction to the skills and knowledge within the media and IT sectors, allowing the delivery to be practical and active in order to engage learners. For digital media, the units cover activities such as designing for a digital product, creating storyboards, shooting moving image and recording audio.

Units Included 2020/2021:

A3: Working with Others 

  • This unit will allow you to work with others within your class in order to put on a large-scale event within the college. You will each have roles and responsibilities to complete in order for the event to be successful 

A4: Researching a Topic 

  • Prior to your sector units, you will need to complete research into a genre of video game. This will help you when developing ideas later in the process and provide you with an insight of how to create a successful video game. 

DM6: Designing an Interactive Presentation 

  • You will design a presentation to be shown in front of a panel. This presentation will depict your ideas for a product and how you expect to make money from this. You can also provide a better understanding of your product to the panel in order for them to support you with this. 

DM11: Making an Audio Recording 

  • You will need to create an advert for your product to appear on radio. The advert will need to explain what the product is within a certain time frame. You can also record audio to use with your product should you wish. 

DM12: Editing and Sharing a Media Product 

  • You will need to create an advert for your product to appear on TV. The advert will need to explain what the product is within a certain time frame.  

What can this lead to? 

On competition of the Level 1 Diploma, students may wish to look into Level 2 courses of the same subjects (IT or Media). 

For further information on this course, please contact the Head of Personalised Learning, Mel Williams, on mwilliams@stvincent.ac.uk

New Horizons - BTEC Entry Level 1 Award/Certificate in Pre-Vocational Study

Summary of Course

New Horizons post 19 course is designed to support learners to develop the skills they need for everyday life after college. It focuses on the development of communication and advocacy, practical maths and literacy skills for everyday situations, and independent living and work skills which are appropriate and individualised for each learner.

The course includes:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Health and Fitness
  • Work Experience
  • Self-management and Development
  • Self-advocacy and Resilience

Progression route from this course:

This course usually supports high needs learners coming to the end of their academic journey in preparation for their continued journey in adult life.

For further information on this course, please contact the Head of Personalised Learning, Mel Williams, on mwilliams@stvincent.ac.uk

Sensory - BTEC Entry Level 1 Certificate in Personal Progress

Summary of Course:

This two-year course is designed for students with complex needs including those whose needs fail within the autistic spectrum and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

You will get 1:1 support and work in small groups. And you will be supported throughout the day, including break and lunch times.

You will have activities and learning opportunities tailored to your individual needs and learning style.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your communication skills
  • Maintain your physical skills
  • Enhance your social skills by working with a range of new people
  • Develop yoru independence skills such as shopping, cooking and looking after your home
  • Enhance your thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Experience a range of different activities and environments

Progression route from this course:

This course supports advocacy and communication for supported living and alternative day services.

For further information on this course, please contact the Head of Personalised Learning, Mel Williams, on mwilliams@stvincent.ac.uk

BTEC Level 1 Introductory in Performing Arts

L1 Introductory Diploma

Units being delivered:

  • A3 Working with others
  • A4 Researching a Topic
  • PA7 Providing Technical Support
  • PA10 Acting in a Performance
  • PA12 Rehearsing for a Performance

Summary of Course:

This Qualification follows on from the Level 1 Certificate.

All BTEC qualifications share common core units. These units contain the generic attributes learners need to be able to progress to further study. All learners will not only explore in depth their chosen subject, they will have the opportunity to develop key transferable skills through both core and sector units. The transferable skills covered in these units are:

  • Communication
  • Working with others
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing information
  • Self-management and Development

Progression route from this course:

The mode of delivery and assessment of the units is designed to build a knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts Industry. The Diploma encourages learners to be fully prepared for higher level learning. Should they wish to move on to the Level 2.

For further information on this course, please contact the Head of Personalised Learning, Mel Williams, on mwilliams@stvincent.ac.uk

Personal Progress - BTEC Entry Level 3/Level 1 Award/Certificate in Personal and Social Development 

Units being delivered:

  • Working as Part of a Group
  •  Community Action
  • Self-Development
  • Managing Social Relationships

Summary of Course:

The course will offer the opportunity to develop independence and self-reliance. Learners will work together in small groups to build confidence and self-awareness and improve their personal and relationship skills. There will be projects to develop practical, problem solving and work skills both in the college and the wider community.

Progression route from this course:

This is potentially a 2-year course achieving and Award in the first year and then a Certificate in the second year, From here students may progress onto their courses within college, a Supported Internship programme, or into work.

For further information on this course, please contact the Head of Personalised Learning, Mel Williams, on mwilliams@stvincent.ac.uk

Towards Independence - BTEC Entry Level 2 Award/Certificate in Skills for Independence and Work

Units being delivered:

  • Managing Own Money
  • Hygiene and Safety in the Kitchen
  • Maintaining a Garden

Summary of Course

This course id designed to engage and develop learners in skills for everyday life, building on their existing skills and qualities and engaging them in new learning opportunities within the college setting. The focus is to develop and progress independence skills for daily life, social skills, functional maths, literacy, and communication skills as well as personal health and well-being, horticulture and will also include elements of enterprise and work experience. The course content will be delivered using appropriate and individualised methods for each learner.

Progression route from this course:

Entry Level Award in Work Based Learning

For further information on this course, please contact the Head of Personalised Learning, Mel Williams, on mwilliams@stvincent.ac.uk

BTEC Entry level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate Vocational Studies 

During the 1 or 2-year programme you will get the opportunity to study from a choice of vocational options. 

  • Hospitality 
  • Child Care 
  • Public Services 
  • IT/Game design 
  • Performing Arts 

All students not yet at Level 2 will study Functional Skills in Maths and Literacy.

Course Summary 

There are also plenty of ways to enrich your timetable, these could include Health and Fitness, John Muir Award, Work Experience and we also offer a varied enrichment programme. 
You will have a dedicated tutor and support staff available to help you learn and develop your study skills alongside thinking about which career direction you would like to take in the future, and the skills you need to develop to make it happen. 

Progression route from this course:

  • Entry level 3 Extended Certificate Vocational Studies
  • Level 1 Performing Arts
  • Level 1 IT
  • Level 1 Creative Media
  • Level 1 Vocational Studies 

For further information on this course, please contact the Head of Personalised Learning, Mel Williams, on mwilliams@stvincent.ac.uk

PREPARATION FOR LEARNING

SENSORY LIFE SKILLS COMMUNICATION SUPPORTING INDEPENDENCE SOCIAL COMMUNICATION

The School of Personalised Learning provides over 200 students with access to a range and local authorities to ensure the learning and support needs of each student are appropriately met and can provide a range of services to support transition to our learning environment.

The School of Personalised Learning provides over 200 students with access to a range of specialised and bespoke courses; from pre entry to level 2.  

Based in the heart of our main campus each of the courses available are specifically tailored to the individual learning and support needs of our students who are taught by specialist teachers within highly supported learning environments with state-of-the-art resources and facilities.

In addition to our individualised curriculum offer, the College is able to provide medical assistance, support and care with a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities. We work very closely with local schools and local authorities to ensure the learning and support needs of each student are appropriately met and can provide a range of services to support transition to our learning environment.

SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH (SEMH)

Our discrete SEMH provision provides specialist support for young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

Our philosophy of inclusion aims to support students to ensure their journey through our College is as smooth, enjoyable and anxiety free as possible. We deliver a holistic approach and bespoke timetable to each pupil supporting both their academic and emotional needs. The provision also provides students with a holistic, nurturing, learning environment along with bespoke timetables, all of which help ensure students are better equipped to manage their own emotions and behaviours whilst also making academic progress.
Stepping Stones is offered on a termly basis, our aim is that within this period of time, students are able to develop their confidence enough to begin transitioning back into an alternative provision within the SPL.

YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE

"Students' progression is a strength for the College. Students achieve qualifications and skills that help them to move to their chosen careers, to employment or to further training."

CONTACT US

spl@stvincent.ac.uk

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