Overview top

Learners work on their independence skills to facilitate greater independence in everyday situations around college, at home and in the community. The programme is designed to help them develop a solid foundation to work on.

Key topics at Entry Level include cooking, hobbies, personal safety, accessing the countryside, household skills, healthy living, teamwork and enterprise. At Level 1 key areas include all of the above as well as money management, safe travel skills, equality and diversity and independent shopping.

The qualification forms part of a holistic Study Programme which also includes Tutorial, Maths*, English*, Autism-specific personal progress and work experience, where appropriate.

*Some learners are expected to do a GCSE in one or both of these subjects. This depends on their entry qualifications and initial assessment.

All classes are delivered in groups of approximately 6 learners, with one lecturer and at least one learning support assistant.

Entry Requirements top

This course is for learners with autistic traits who are experiencing barriers to being independent.

It is a natural progression from other Interface courses namely Social and Emotional Skills or from school or a specialist college. 

To complete the portfolio it is preferable that they can demonstrate basic literacy skills though we will make reasonable adjustments to assessment methods and differentiate assessment methods where appropriate.

Learners should be willing to:

  • Work on their personal barriers
  • Use community facilities with support
  • Follow basic health and safety related instructions

We expect good attendance so that learners can do their best but we understand that some medical needs prevent this.

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.

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

*If you do not meet these criteria, please contact us on 0191 427 3900 or email info@stc.ac.uk

Assessment top

Assessment takes place through building a portfolio of evidence and will include teamwork, practical tasks, projects, worksheets, presentations, role plays, games, question and answer.

The maths and English parts of the programme (GCSE or Functional Skills) have formal assessments but we do a lot of preparation with learners to reduce their anxiety.

Professional Opportunities top

Learners can progress on to a range of courses depending on their abilities and needs. Options in Interface include:

  • Entry level 1 (or higher) Social and Emotional Skills
  • Supported Internship

There are full time and part time options in our Supported Learning department.

Some learners may be ready to do a level one course in the main college with or without ongoing support from Interface.

Further Information top

Any learner interested in doing this course should contact the Interface team 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. Funding and support including the role of Education Health Care Plans will be discussed.

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 learner 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.