Who is the course for?
Progression for Life is a programme for young people leaving a Specialist Residential, Special school or Mainstream school environment. It is aimed at meeting the needs of individuals who have a range of learning ability.
What are the aims of the programme?
The main aim of the programme is to support the transition from school, through college to future life. This is achieved by offering the opportunity for individualised learning within a group setting. Opportunities will be available to complete activities in both a class based and realistic setting i.e. using local community facilities.
What does the course involve?
Transition to College. A set of one year programmes which are designed to assess the suitability of an individual for progression within a college environment. During the year, you will partake in a wide range of learning experiences throughout the curriculum including opportunities to link in with other programmes to prepare you to move on.
You will work with skilled members of staff who will help you to focus on building your communication and transferable life skills and Somerset Total Communication is embedded in all sessions.
You will have a Personal Tutor and Keyworker that you see every day who help with you learning. They will have regular contact with parents and carers and will advocate on your behalf both within the classroom and while using cross college facilities.
What makes this course special?
Bridgwater College has an excellent reputation and specialist facilities. Skilled and experienced tutors who assess your individual learning needs and design a programme that will give you the best opportunities to achieve. Small teaching groups, regular reviews, residential trips and visits are all planned to ensure you make a success of your time at college.
A wide range of subjects and practical activities are used in learning situations which can include:
- Functional Skills
- Independent Living Skills
- Personal and Social Development
- Personal Fitness
- Animal Care
- Expressive art
- Community use
- Personal Presentation Skills
Students will be expected to work within a small group within a supported College environment. Students should be able to tolerate demands made by others, be enthusiastic and want to learn. Students will need the potential to progress and stamina to attend for the nominated times of the programme. Students also need to show an intention that they wish to communicate with staff and peers.
What are the assessment methods?
You will take part in an initial assessment to establish your starting point and agree your individual learning targets.
You will be assessed through observation and by building a portfolio of evidence i.e. photographs, tapes and DVD.
How will I know I am making progress?
Weekly tutor feedback, two-way reviews, subject reports, termly student/parent reviews, transition reviews, annual end of year reports. The programme uses the system Recognising and recording progress and achievement (RARPA) to record your progress against individual targets agreed with you and the important people in your life.
How long is the course?
Each programme is one year and attendance is four days a week.
What are the progression options?
Progress to another Foundation entry level course, Sheltered Employment or Social services provision.