SASP Supported Internship - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is designed for students with Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs, who are seeking a supportive pathway to employment within the sports and leisure industry. It provides a tailored learning experience aimed at empowering individuals to overcome barriers and unlock their full potential. Whether you’re passionate about sports or seeking a fulfilling career in a dynamic industry, this programme offers the necessary support and skills development to kickstart your journey towards success.

The course will be based at the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) offices located in Wellington. This location provides students with direct access to industry professionals and resources within the sports and leisure sector. With a focus on empowering students with SEMH needs, this programme offers more than academic learning—it provides real-world opportunities for personal growth and career development. Partnering with SASP ensures students receive hands-on training from industry professionals, supported by dedicated job coaches.

Students will gain practical experience through diverse work placements with professionals such as:

  • School Games Organiser
  • Jump Start Mentor
  • Health & Wellbeing Coach
  • Marketing & Communications Officer
  • Children and Family Workers
  • Administration & Finance Personel
  • Disability Project Officer
  • Swim School Assistant

Students will participate in:

  • 16 hours of work placement a week, within the Sports & Leisure industry, potentially with SASP or one of their partner organisations, supported by SASP job coaches.
  • One-day learning sessions held at SASP offices, which will include English & Maths, Tutorials, and Employability Workshops.

Assessment Methods

Work placement progress will be monitored using a dedicated online platform, while Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA) will track overall progress through a learning journey portfolio. Regular English and Maths assessments ensure foundational skills are developed effectively.

Progression Options

Progression opportunities for participants include potential paid employment within the sports and leisure industry or apprenticeship opportunities, providing further training and development aligned with specific career goals.

Course Summary

Course Title SASP Supported Internship
Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the programme include a genuine interest in the sports and leisure industry, a commitment to active engagement in work placement and learning sessions, and a willingness to pursue personal and professional development opportunities. Applicants will need to be 16-19 if they do not have an EHCP, and can be 19+ with an EHCP.

Attendance Requirements You will attend SASP for 1 day a week teaching and learning and be expected to complete a 29 week placement with one of SASPs partner organisations for at least 16 hours a week.
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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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