Who is the course for?
Learning for Life and Work is a course for School Leavers from both Special and Mainstream Schools. It is aimed to meet the needs of learners with a wide range of abilities.
What are the aims of the programme?
The programme aims to provide support in the transition from child to adulthood. To learn to make independent choices. To develop independent living skills, Functional Skills, work related options and further training or employment where appropriate.
What does the course involve?
This course offers up to four one-year programmes. Each of the one-year programmes offers exciting practical units with an emphasis on creative and sporting opportunities and includes Functional Skills to facilitate your progression through college towards independence.
The four programmes are:
- Introduction to Learning for Living
- Learning for Living Award at entry levels 1 - 3
- Learning for Living Certificate at entry levels 1 - 3
- Learning for Living Diploma at entry levels 1 - 3
Each programme offers a wide range of subjects and you will have the opportunity to try a range of options which include;
- Functional Skills
- Creative Skills
- Community Use
- Transport and Travel
- Meal Preparation and Planning
- Independent Living skills
- Personal and Social Development
- Practical Workshop skills
- Enterprise and Retail
- Volunteering Projects
- Personal presentation skills
- Work experience
You will have a named tutor and key worker who will see you every day and help with your learning. They have regular contact with parents or carers.
What makes this course special?
The College has an excellent reputation, a dedicated and skilled staff team and a wide range of facilities. The Course meets a wide range of individual learning needs, offering a supportive environment, which provides a wide range of learning experiences and opportunities to enable students to develop independent life skills and vocational skills in preparation for adulthood. Studying at an outstanding Further Education College provides additional opportunities for socialising and trying out a variety of vocational areas.
Students will be expected to be able to work within a small group, along with two College staff. Students should also be able to tolerate demands made by others, be enthusiastic and want learn. Potential to progress and stamina to attend for nominated periods throughout the programme are necessary, together with the ability to communicate intentionally with staff and peers.
What are the assessment methods?
You will take part in initial assessment to establish your starting point and agree your Individual Learning Aims. By building a portfolio of photographs, tapes, videos, worksheets and practical assignments over a one year period.
How will I know I am making progress?
Weekly tutor feedback, 2-way target setting and reviews, subject reports, termly student/parent reviews, transition reviews, annual end of year reports.
How long is the course?
The course can take up to four years to complete with four one-year programmes to progress through. You will be expected to attend college for 4 days a week. In addition, many students will also attend work experience for one day a week as they progress through the programme.
What are the progression options?
On successful completion you may be able to apply for an entry level 3 or a level 1 course in a related subject area, get a job or apply for sheltered/supported work.