This course is for young people aged 16-18 who may have mild to moderate learning difficulties, emotional difficulties or challenging behaviour. The programme offers additional support and encouragement to develop their confidence, self-esteem, personal and social skills. This will help them make the transition into mainstream further education or work-based training.
There are no formal entry requirements. Applicants will be required to attend an interview to which parents/guardians are welcome.
The course offers a wide range of activities and experiences timetabled to suit your own learning needs. You will study for qualifications and certificates in Numeracy, Literacy, Personal & Social Development, Skills for Working Life, Employability, First Aid, Work-Related Progression and Sport.
We will give you support in identifying and developing career / vocational interests and options, including taster sessions and work experience. You will also have a personal tutor offering a high level of support. This is a key feature of the programme, and every student has a dedicated work placement officer with opportunities to experience areas including animal care, forestry and horticulture, and business administration.
You will have opportunities to get involved in sports, educational trips and visits, hear from guest speakers from West Midlands Police and Fire Service, go on residential trips, and participate in charity fundraising and community voluntary work, to support your personal and social development.
Students also have the chance to work towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, and run business enterprises, where they buy, make and sell their own merchandise. You could even become the next Managing Director!
All students will be given a personal tutor, who will help them to set their own learning targets for the course. These will be recorded on an Individual Learning Plan and reviewed at regular intervals during tutorials.
Assessment for any qualifications you take will follow the requirements of the awarding body and may include a combination of coursework/portfolio and external examinations.
Many of the learners on the Integrated Studies programme progress to a second year of study, such as the Moving On 19+ programme, or on to other vocational areas within the college. We also offer a Supported Internship programme giving you opportunities to work with external partners such as the NHS.
Success Rates on courses for 16-18 year-olds nearly 7% better than national average*