This course is in the suite of Bridge to Independence courses, which are programmes of further education for students with severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The courses are designed for young adults to help develop independent living skills and who have the potential to progress, the enthusiasm to continue learning and who require a supported learning environment.
The broad aim of the course is to prepare learners for adult life, drawing on college, home and the community to teach a range of transferable life skills. This includes developing independent travel skills, enterprise, work readiness and employability skills. Through the development of a positive approach to learning, barriers are broken down enabling students to move on.
Students are guided and supported to enable them to take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning and continue to develop independence skills.
Assessment is ongoing and consistent throughout the academic year, this is evident via an initial screening process and then regularly via the Personal Development Plan.Learners are assessed on an individual basis by the tutor and through the verification of completed portfolio units. The online PDP system allows for the learner to log in and view their progress and targets so they are always aware of their achievement to date.Three progress reviews and regular staff meetings ensure that the assessment and review process continues to map individual progression.
There are no formal entry requirements but learners are expected to show a positive attitude to learning.An initial interview visit is followed by a taster session. This provides an opportunity to assess whether the course will be able to meet the needs of the student.