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What career opportunities can this lead to?

This programme is for students with moderate learning difficulties / disabilities, who want to develop their independent living skills, improve their confidence, continue to develop their skills in Maths, English and IT and to develop work skills. These important components are included to support students into adulthood. Tutor groups are smaller than the average group sizes and support is available to meet a wide range of learning needs.

On successful completion of the programme you may progress onto another programme at Eastleigh College if this is appropriate, such as Preparation for Life and Work.
You could also apply for a more specific work related programme which may prepare you for future employment, for example Hospitality and Catering, at the appropriate level. Your Personal Tutor will help and advise you about your options.

What are the entry requirements?

This programme is designed for students with a learning difficulty and / or disability who are unlikely to achieve grade G / 1 at GCSE. Following application, successful candidates will be invited to a pre-assessment interview. This is followed by a two day (and two night, if a College House application has also been made) assessment process. You will need to have an Education & Health Care Plan.

What does this programme involve?

In Year One you will study a life skills programme and may choose up to two vocational option units from the list below:

- Sport
- Art
- Dance / Performing Arts
- Catering
- Joinery
- Motor Vehicle Maintenance
- Craft Skills
- Hairdressing

Please note that these may be subject to change.

In Year Two, you will choose two more vocational options and, in addition, have the opportunity to focus on work skills while continuing to develop your independence.

A variety of off-site activities are on offer where you will have the chance to experience a wide range of leisure and outdoor pursuits. Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of off-site activities.

In Year One and Year Two, you will have the opportunity to take part in a two week work experience placement. These placements are designed to help you to find out about the working environment and your tutorial work, employment skills programme and vocational studies will help you to choose areas in which you would like to seek work experience.

At the end of the programme you will achieve appropriate qualifications in independent living and employability, plus Functional Skills in Maths and English.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

You will be taught by lecturers who are experienced in teaching students with learning difficulties. All staff will help you to develop communication, time management, working as part of a team and problem solving skills. You will also have your own personal tutor who will help you with your personal and social development. Classes are a mixture of practical and written work and there will be opportunities to develop, and discover, a range of new skills and opportunities.

The programme is a careful balance of formal and informal teaching, group work, practical sessions and individual support. You will spend time in the Colleges well-equipped workshops, kitchens and studios, gaining relevant training and hands-on experience. You will be regularly assessed on your personal and social development. All assessment takes place in class at the appropriate time for each student. Accreditation is provided by LASER and Edexcel(Functional Skills) at Entry Level.

You will be in College from 9am - approx 3.00pm, for three consecutive days each week during term time. Please note details below for College House applicants*.

What else do I need to know?

The College has provision for up to 14 residential students at College House, Compton, near Winchester. *Students live at College House from Monday to Wednesday, going home on Thursday afternoon, term time only and follow an independent living skills programme which complements the day time provision in College. (Day students also have the opportunity to spend time at College House following an independent living skills programme one day a week).

For those students who choose to apply for a place at College House, it is important to note that the offer of a place at College House is dependent upon suitability for the Skills for Independence and Work programme.

A charge is made for the residential provision.

Dates for the diary

Our School Leaver open events are held each October, November, March and June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form from our printed prospectus or through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
EC1A Eastleigh College 9/9/2019 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,665.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

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