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Learning for Living and Work

Next Steps: Adults With Additional Learning Needs Part-Time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

There are various start dates throughout the year. Please contact Gavin Mitchell (01226) 216177

Entry requirements

  • You must be over the age of 19 and be living in the South Yorkshire area.
  • Have an additional learning need   
  • Have been out of education for some time and are looking to reengage in learning
  • Want to learn and develop new skills  
  • Attend an ‘interview’ with a staff member to see if individual needs and aims can be met  

You will achieve

You will: 

  • Enhance communication and social skills 
  • Improve wellbeing and life skills  
  • Your personal aims and targets 
  • Increase your confidence and independence. Enhance social and employability skills and of course meet new people and 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.

Course content

You will : 

  • Enjoy taking part in activities such as art and crafts, cookery and domestic skills 
  • Independent living skills 
  • Learn about IT, basic computer skills and technology  
  • Agree, set amd achieve personal targets that prepare you for your future goals  
  • Develop your Maths and English skills at a level that is right for you 
  • Take part in accessing the community 
  • Develop your enterprise skills in workshop sessions 
  • Enjoy fun activities during ‘enrichment’ sessions 
  • Take part in charity events and volunteering activities  





Assessment will be throughout the year.

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

  • Volunteering
  • Employment
  • Increased independence
  • Further higher level study

How much does the course cost?

19+ Students may be eligible for free or reduced course fees subject to them meeting the requirements of the College’s fee waiver policy.  

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

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

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

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.

Next Steps: Adults With Additional Learning Needs Part-Time

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