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Learning for Living and Work

Learning For Living and Work: Employability and Tasters in Vocational Areas (Entry Level 2–Level 1) Full-Time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This one year study programme starts in September.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)  
  • ‘High Needs’ funding for your support agreed by your local authority
  • Attend an ‘interview’ with a staff member  
  • Attend taster/transition sessions in the department to help you settle in before you start 
  • You must be aged between 16-24 years old 

You will achieve

You will achieve: 

  • An accredited qualification, depending on your aims & aspirations 
  • Additional qualifications /certificates in Maths and/or English 
  • Your personal targets 
  • Increased confidence, independence and social skills and of course, make new friends! 

Course overview

The Department of Learning for Living and Work is a specialist department in the College, for students with additional and complex learning needs. 

Each student will follow a highly personalised curriculum, individual learning plan, work at an appropriate yet challenging level of maths and/or English and enjoy learning about a number of topics in our weekly tutorial programme 

Students are grouped with peers who are working at a similar ability and in most cases, classes have no more than nine students in. Support workers are on hand to support and develop maths, English, reading and writing skills, encourage and promote participation in groups, allow students to work independently but also provide support to break down tasks where necessary. Staff are highly skilled and trained to support, stretch and challenge students in order for them to achieve their long term aspirations. Staff also provide support where students may need extra assistance such as feeding, personal care and way finding.  

These programmes are for students aiming to develop their employability and vocational skills, including volunteering and work experience opportunities.

Curriculum areas include:

  • Looking after yourself and wellbeing
  • Community and travel
  • Creative
  • Using technology
  • Volunteering
  • Work experience
  • Embedded Maths, English and Functional Skills
  • Enterprise skills
  • Progression planning
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment
  • Travel training
  • Digital skills

Vocational options could include:

  • Service and Leisure Industries
  • Landbased and Trades
  • Creative and Digital

Progression possibilities:

  • Further study 
  • Vocational programmes
  • Supported living
  • Independent living 
  • Community participation
  • Day activities 
  • Volunteering 
  • Personal budget
  • Supported employment/paid work

Course content

  • Enjoy some of your lessons learning new skills in your chosen vocational area such as Art and Design, Catering, Animal Care, Sport, Media, Hair and Beauty. This will help you settle in and prepare you for when you are ready to move on. 
  • Develop your independent living skills such as cooking, travel and community 
  • Agree, set and achieve personal targets that prepare you for your future goals  
  • Develop your Maths and English skills at a level that is right for you 
  • Develop your enterprise skills in workshop sessions
  • Enjoy fun activities during ‘enrichment’ sessions 
  • Take part in volunteering activities 
  • Expand your IT skills using technology to learn 
  • Attend a work placement to in order to put into practice your in-class learning experience 
  • Participate in Tutorial sessions such as; healthy living, friendships/relationships, online safety and many more! 
  • Experience engaging talks from guest speakers to motivate and inspire you on your learning journey 

 Assessment is continuous throughout the course.

We will discuss this with you, but in most cases we will provide everything you need.

Progression possibilities:
• Further study
• Vocational programmes
• Supported living/independent living
• Community participation
• Day activities
• Volunteering
• Personal budget
• Supported employment/paid work

How much does the course cost?

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Learning For Living and Work: Employability and Tasters in Vocational Areas (Entry Level 2–Level 1) Full-Time

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