Overview top

This course develops employability skills to enable learners to seek employment and develop skills to remain employable.

Key areas include: planning learning, interview skills, applying for jobs, financial literacy, communication at work, customer care, presentation skills, diversity in the work place, teamwork, responsible work practice and health and safety.

The qualification forms part of a Study Programme which also includes Tutorial, Maths*, English*, a small amount of Autism-specific personal progress and a significant time on work placement both internal and external.

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

Entry Requirements top

This course is for learners with autistic traits who have reached a sufficient level of independence and personal skills to begin exploring the world of employment.

It is a natural progression from the other Interface pathways: Independence and Social and Emotional.

To complete the portfolio it is preferable that they can demonstrate literacy skills of entry level 3 or above though we will make reasonable adjustments to assessment methods and differentiate assessment methods where appropriate.

Learners should be willing to:

  • Attend and engage with a work placement
  • Work on their personal barriers experienced in the workplace
  • Use community facilities with some independence 
  • Follow basic health and safety related instructions
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic
  • Demonstrate good personal presentation skills

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, especially on their work placement.

*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 attendance at work placement and building a portfolio of evidence which will include practical tasks, projects, worksheets, presentations, role plays, games and question and answer.

The Maths and English parts of the programme (Functional Skills or GCSE) 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. There are full time and part time options in our Supported Learning department.

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

Some learners may be ready for employment (supported or independent).

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.