Pathways to Independence - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This programme is for learners with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) or other barriers to learning.
The programme aims to develop self- confidence, improve social communication, transition from school, independence skills, personal and social development and provide you with work-related options which could include voluntary work placements.

Opportunities are available to complete both in class and real-life experiences that develop individual skills.

It offers a wide range of exciting vocational subjects and practical experiences with an emphasis on life and employability skills. We offer Somerset Total Communication embedded within all sessions as well as continuing to develop English and maths skills to support communication for all. You will be encouraged to develop ownership for your learning and development as well as build transferable skills that support you towards your aspirations.

Topics may include:

  • Sports/fitness
  • Community access
  • Independent living skills
  • Personal and social development
  • Volunteering projects, Social Enterprise and work experience
  • Horticulture.

You will be assessed for English and maths and develop your skills to work towards qualifications in Functional Skills or GCSE.

Assessment Methods

Following an initial assessment to establish your starting point, you will set targets for all aspects of your development and be assessed throughout. Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence including photographs, practical and written assessments. Staff also observe you in lessons and on work experience (where appropriate).

Progression Options

On completion of the course, you will be able to apply for other courses within the Foundation Learning Department. You will be prepared to move into adult life and in partnership with your circle of support transition into the community. You could seek supported employment or apply for a Supported Internship.

Course Summary

Course Title Pathways to Independence
Entry Requirements

You will demonstrate the motivation and commitment to undertake a full- time course. You will have an interest in developing your independence and employability skills. Entry is also subject to a successful interview, initial assessment and induction.

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It’s a pleasure and honour to study at this College. My tutors and the Learning Support Assistants provide all the support I need and are always there for me. They make it clear they’re working with you rather than taking a leading role.

Jordaine Durban

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