Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Taunton Centre

Who is the course for?

The course is for 16-19 year olds from special and mainstream schools, it is aimed to meet the needs of learners with a wide range of abilities and interests. Learners will be fully integrated into the different areas within the college.

What does the course involve?

This programme offers a set of practical and theory based units. This gives the students a balanced foundation of knowledge and transferrable skills in life.

This can include:

  • Living in the community
  • Staying safe
  • Healthy living
  • Creative work
  • Teamwork
  • Volunteering

What makes this course special?

Supportive skilled and experienced staff who are committed to empower students to achieve their full potential. A whole person approach that encourages individuality and personal growth, which challenges and enables learners to achieve.

Learners enjoy varied practical activities using the college’s facilities and other outside agencies. This can include small groups, fund raising, work experience and educational visits.

Placements/Work Placements

Students will have opportunities to take part in supported work placements. These could be within the college environment or with external agencies to suit the needs of the learner.

Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications are required just motivation, enthusiasm and the willingness to accept a challenge.

What are the assessment methods?

You will take part in initial assessment to establish your starting point and agree your individual learning targets.

You will be set small achievable targets which will go to build a portfolio of evidence. This evidence can include photographs, videos, practical and written assessments. Staff will also observe you both in lessons and on work experience (where appropriate). You will have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications.

You will have regular feedback and termly reviews with your personal tutor and other teaching staff.

How long is the course?

This is a one year full time course. In some circumstances there is the possibility of students returning for a second year based on individual need.

What are the College attendance requirements?

You will be expected to attend college for 4 days a week from 9.30am to 3pm. There may be variations based on the requirements of the course structure.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Course materials, which will include print credit. Costs are kept to a minimum but may include;

  • Clothing (PPE)
  • Trips
  • Ingredients for cookery
  • Other minimal expenses

You may be eligible for a college bursary to meet the costs of your course, dependent on your household income. Early application is advisable. 

What are the progression options?

Skills that you have learnt at college and in your life will help with your progression and future independence. There is careful transition planning to help learners choose their future destination.


Supported Internship, higher level courses with the college, voluntary work and specialist day care services where appropriate.

Awarding Body

Ascentis, City & Guilds and Stepping Stones

Further Information