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What opportunities will this course give me?

The Skills for Independence full-time course is designed to give you the confidence and knowledge in independent living and work skills.It has been developed for students with a moderate learning disability, and is an excellent entry into multiple progression pathways.

The curriculum includes valuable life skills needed to navigate daily life, including cooking, social emotional skills, independent living skills, managing money and good health and well being. A central theme throughout Supported Learning programmes are employability skills. This will be embedded into learning throughout and is an essential aim for all learners; travel training, till training and enterprise skills are just some of the ways this will be supported.

All learners will have work experience placements related to their area of interest, we have high ambition for learners to attain paid or voluntary work.

What will I be learning?

During your study on the programme you will have an opportunity to participate in a selection of enrichment activities including:
Media and ICT
Volunteering and Community Action
The curriculum supports bespoke and targeted development in Employability, Community, Friends and Relationships, Independent Living and Good Health. Teaching is planned in variety of creative and engaging ways, both in the classroom and out in the community.

Learners will take part in a two week work experience placement exploring areas of interest. This will be supported by tutors who have extensive links with local employers. Industry visits and talks will also be planned to enrich learning.

At the end of the programme learners will achieve appropriate qualifications in independent living and employability though LASER Learning Awards. Individualised maths and English qualifications are accredited by Ascentis.

Why is this course for me?

You will be taught by lecturers who are experienced in teaching students with learning difficulties. You will also have your own personal tutor who will help you with your personal, social development and direct you to wider college services that you may need.

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.

You will spend one day a week studying at our Winchester campus making use of the state of the art joinery workshop, professional kitchen and market garden. This is an opportunity to hone practical and business skills.

You will be able to make use of the community facilites the college and local community offer and make some new friends along the way.

How will my learning be enhanced?

A central theme of the programme focusses on Preparation for Adulthood themes. Learners will develop their own targets against this framework so that learning is bespoke and relevant to individual needs. The curriculum model means that learners input some of the things that they feel are important to their life and learning.

We have an excellent range of community facilities available on our main campus. We also create opportunities to travel to other nearby towns and cities.

Alongside regular course content, learners will also study maths and English skills. In all of lifes stages, these skills are vital and will help secure long-term employment in a variety of job sectors. Improving skills in maths and English will help to develop confidence too.

What do I need to sign up?

This curriculum is designed for students with a learning difficulty and / or disability. The course runs at both Entry 3 and Level One. Following application, successful candidates will be invited to an interview and taster day to support transition. You will need to have or be applying for an Education & Health Care Plan.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The College has provision for up to 12 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.

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.

Learners are in college three days a week. The average college day runs from 9.00 - 3.00pm. The college has a common hour on Wednesdays, all sessions scheduled on a Wednesday will start at 10.00am.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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6/9/2021 - Apply Now


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24+: £2,245.00

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EC2A Eastleigh College 6/9/2021 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £2,245.00 Apply now

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Need some 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