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Supported Studies

Find out about Supported Internships

Closing date for Supported Internship Programme applications is 31st March 2024

We offer a range of one year programmes for students with mild 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 Supported Internships Programme will allow you to gain confidence and independence while preparing you for a work placement within a supportive environment. If you want to continue at College you could also progress to a Level 1 course in a number of 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, Maths, health & wellbeing and employment skills.

This programme also offers support for learners during break and lunch times, including help with building friendships and relationships. Learners will also have the opportunity to take part in coaching sessions as well as social sessions to help develop their social and communication skills. As their confidence grows, so will their ability to achieve more than they thought or believed was possible. ​We are also able to make referrals with Essex Travel Training to develop your young person’s confidence in travelling independently and this can be incorporated into their programme of study.


This is a bespoke course aiming to prepare students for future paid employment, developing working skills and independent living and working towards a Supported Internship. Its aims are to find work placements in the learners’ area of interest where they can learn new skills on the job. Students should therefore be prepared to undertake external work placements and College taster sessions. Throughout the year individuals will have taster sessions in a variety of areas, allowing more flexibility when it comes to choosing a chosen career path in the future. This course can lead to the Supported Internshipstudy programme, where our learners can experience work in real employment roles within the community while benefiting from a high level of support. Alternatively students may continue at College and progress to a Level 1 course in a number of areas.

Supported Internships

Find out more about Supported Internships

Harlow College is working in partnership with Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust and DFN Project Search. The placements we offer to learners are based in Princess Alexandra Hospital. The placements are varied across the academic year and will hopefully lead into future employment for our Young People. The Supported Internship is a 1 year programme.

Links to Work

The Links to Work course is typically a follow up path after our students have completed the Towards Independence and Work programme. This course aims to prepare students for future paid employment, developing working skills and independent living and working towards a Supported Internship as part of our Into Work programme. It aims to build up students' confidence and abilities to continue their training towards a professional life. The course involves practicing interview skills, participating in varied work experience, and completing CV's all to help them progress into the working world.  Learners also continue working on their Maths and English skills in order to once again prepare them for employment, as well as taking part in activities to support their own health and wellbeing.

Supporting you all the way

Supported Studies Journey