Overview top

We will work with you to make up a valuable programme of learning, considering what you are eligible for and what you will find interesting and meaningful. There are 8 programs to pick from. Most classes are 1Y:z hours per week unless otherwise stated.

Functional skills includes a term of English, then maths and then ICT.

Life Skills includes a term of preparation for adult life, then home skills and then preparation for working life.

Work skills includes a term of preparation for working life, then retail and enterprise and then communication skills.

Confidence Skills includes a term of drama, then communication skills, then movement and relaxation.

Creative Skills (1) includes a term of arts and crafts, then creative media and then gardening.

Coffee Shop runs all year, 4 hours per week.

Catering runs all year, 3 1/4 hours per week

Community skills runs three times throughout the year, 3 hours per week

Where possible, students are grouped according to ability and compatibility. Maths, English and employability are embedded across subjects.

Learners will also receive an induction on their first day of a course, to make sure that they understand how to behave in college and how to stay safe.

All learners have a detailed Individual Learning Plan, which clearly states and regularly reviews their needs to all relevant staff. This includes an Individual Support Plan, which involves the student in giving staff a step by step plan to meeting their educational needs.

All learners are supported to set and review personal targets on a weekly basis.

The staff team are committed to understanding each learner’s behaviour and guiding them to more suitable alternatives where applicable.

Entry Requirements top

These courses are for adult learners who have learning difficulties. We cater for a wide range of abilities from profound learning difficulties to moderate or mild learning difficulties in this department.

Learners may have already completed a course in our LLDD department but are keen to continue their development or work hard to maintain their acquired skills. As places on the course are limited, priority will be given to learners who have shown commitment to their learning for example by having good attendance. We expect good attendance so that learners can do their best but we understand that some medical needs prevent this.

Some learners might attend with their carers. This is okay, but we request that carers work with us to promote independent learning to the best of the learners' ability. For example, we like to teach learners how to find the answer, rather than telling them an answer. Please see a college member of staff if you would like more guidance on this.

We promote a positive approach to behaviour by trying to understand difficult behaviour but we do expect our learners to do their best by behaving in a kind and safe manner.

We seek to provide an inclusive learning environment and to make reasonable adjustments that maximise learning and wellbeing. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve this, please get in touch.

*If you do not meet these criteria, please contact us on 0191427 3900 or email info@stc.ac.uk

Assessment top

Assessment takes place through building a logbook style portfolio of evidence. Assessment of learning may also include projects, practical learning, question and answer, matching activities, teamwork and games.

Professional Opportunities top

These courses are best delivered within a package of adult social care support or similar to help learners progress towards independent living or to sustain a sense of personal wellbeing.

Further Information top

Any new students interested in doing this course should contact Mark Lambert or Ann Anderson to arrange an initial visit. We then seek detailed information about learners needs and they are invited in for a taster day. This is all crucial for helping the learner decide if this course is for them and enables the staff to decide if the students' needs can be met on the course. Current students wishing to do this course should speak to Ann Anderson.