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Supported Studies

We offer a range of one year programmes for students with mid to moderate learning difficulties or disabilities aged 16-24. Our aim is to prepare students towards independent living, paid employment and good health as well as community inclusion. Working alongside the Preparing for Adulthood agenda, all the elements of the course are based on what young people say are important to them! All programmes will receive enterprise and innovation projects, work experience and English and maths.

Our Supported Studies programmes are tailored to each individual person’s needs. They’re designed to help you learn, progress and succeed to desired outcomes. We’ll work with you in one-to-one tutorials and enterprise based projects to help you reach your goals. You will learn essential employability skills, be involved in community-based projects and take part in sport and wellbeing activities.

Our Into Work Programme will allow you to gain confidence and independence while preparing you for a work placement within a supportive environment. You could also progress to a Level 1 course at Harlow College in many different areas.

Towards Independence and Work

This programme is ideal for students who are new to Supported Studies and need to start to develop the skills towards Preparing for Adulthood including living independently and beginning to think about work experience opportunities. Towards Independence and Work will give our students the time they need to make progress in life skills and educationally through diverse areas and subjects including English and Maths, creative Arts and Independent and Employment Skills. We also have a strong emphasis on health and wellbeing including mental health wellbeing, mindfulness, growth mindset and yoga. As their confidence grows, so will their ability to achieve more than they thought or believed was possible.

Links to Level 1

This course is designed as a stepping stone into various vocational Level 1 courses within the College, such as Hair & Beauty, Carpentry, Mechanical Engineering, Performing Arts and Hospitality. Students have an opportunity to participate in Level 1 tasters to give them a chance to experience what is expected of them on a vocational course and prepare them with the skills required to study effectively. As part of the programme students will complete their course around the Preparing for Adulthood Pathways of Independent living, Community Inclusion, Health and Work experience, as well as Maths and English.


The Prospects programme is designed for SEND learners who are 19+ and are looking for support into employment. Prospects is a one year course with a focus on gaining qualifications that provide a platform to enter the work place, including Customer Service, use of IT and Skills for Retail. The programme has a focus on increasing prospects for employment through CV workshops, interview skills and industry visits. 

Links to Work

This is an introductory course aiming to prepare students for future paid employment, developing working skills and independent living and working towards a Supported Internship. It aims to build up students' confidence and abilities to continue their training towards a professional life. The course leads to the Supported Internship study programme, where our learners can experience work in real employment roles within the community while benefiting from a high level of support. Larners have the opportunity to work towards completing their English and Maths qualifications, as well as learning general English and Maths skills connected to workplaces through a wide variety of activities and projects.