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Supported Studies

Our one year programmes are designed to support young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties, to realise their potential within the PfA Pathways and to move forward, either into mainstream College choosing from a variety of Level 1 programmes, or into the world of work and independence via the Supported Internship route. All the elements of the course are based on what disabled young people say are important to them.

Our Supported Studies programmes are tailored to each individual's needs through a person-centered approach and the Preparing for Adulthood Agenda.

They’re designed to help you to learn, progress and succeed at your own pace working with many different internal and external agencies. We’ll give you a personalised timetable and work with you in one-to-one tutorials, coaching sessions in small groups and enterprise based projects to help you reach your goals, aspirations and destination.

Through projects and enterprise you will learn essential employability skills, take part in supported employment, be involved in community-based projects and take part in sport and wellbeing activities as well as the opportunity to take part in our National Citizenship Service residential.

After completing our courses you can progress onto a Level 1 Vocational programme within the College including Hospitality, Business and IT, Hair & Beauty or you can progress on to a Supported Internship study programme, which is similar to a Traineeship or Apprenticeship but does differ in several ways.

Learners on a Supported Internship will be expected to have a higher level of support in the workplace from an Employability Coach working alongside the staff and intern in the workplace. The aim of the Supported Internships is to prepare young people with learning difficulties/disabilities for paid employment and to be able to develop an independent life within the community.

Moderate Learning Difficulty (MLD) Provision Statement
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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.

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.

Supported Internships

A Supported Internship is similar to a Traineeship or Apprenticeship but differs in several ways, adjusting to fit the personal needs of each of our students. Learners on a supported internship will be expected to have a higher level of support in the workplace from an Employability Coach, working alongside the staff and Intern in the workplace. Learners still have the opportunity to work towards completing their English and Maths qualifications as well as learning the necessary English and Maths skills for the workplace through a variety of activities and projects.