This one-year 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, Health & Safety in the Workplace, First Aid and Oral Communications.
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.
You will have opportunities to get involved in sports, educational trips and visits, hear from guest speakers, go on residential trips, and participate in charity fundraising and community volunteer work, to support your personal and social development.
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 or on to other vocational areas within the college.
Success Rates on courses for 16-18 year-olds nearly 7% better than national average*