Overview top

Students work on their personal responsibility and interpersonal skills with a view to developing basic skills for employment.

Key topics include being a good citizen, responsible behaviour, assertiveness, team work, rights and responsibilities, volunteering, making choices.

The qualification forms part of a holistic Study Programme which also includes tutorial, maths*, English*, personal progress (creative skills, healthy life styles, independence, study skills and social and emotional skills, employability) and Work experience.

All classes are delivered in groups of approximately 6 students. The group will have one lecturer and a learning support assistant.

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

This course is for learners with learning difficulties and or disabilities who are experiencing barriers to being independent and gaining work.

At entry level 1, this can be used to reinforce and transfer skills developed on our other entry level 1 programmes such as Life Skills or independent living. At entry level 2 it is a natural progression from these programmes.

To complete the portfolio it is preferable that they can demonstrate literacy skills of around entry level 1 or above though we will make reasonable adjustments to assessment methods and differentiate assessment methods where appropriate.

Students should be willing to

  • Work on their personal barriers

  • Use community facilities with support and

  • 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 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

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.

Assessment top

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

The maths and English parts of the programme have formal assessments but we do a lot of preparation to with students to reduce their anxiety.

Professional Opportunities top

Students can progress on to a range of courses depending on their abilities and needs.

Further Information top

Any student interested in doing this course should contact Mark Lambert 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.

The maths and English parts of the programme may have formal assessments but we do a lot of preparation to with students to reduce their anxiety.