Our Pathways programmes are ‘stepping stones’ for school leavers and adults. Not only will you spend time studying but you will significantly increase your self-confidence and abilities. You will also have the opportunity to gain a recognised full-time or part-time qualification from a wide range of schemes we have on offer.

Students of these courses can receive one-to-one support, specialist individual teaching and access to specialist equipment and supporting agencies. The length of time you spend at the college will be dependent on your progression route and aspirations.

The Pathways programmes are developed around life, sensory, social and employability skills. The programme delivers specialist programmes to serve a cohort of learners who have learning/physical disabilities; or profound and multiple learning disabilities and who respond to a discrete option either full or part time. The curriculum provides learners with the knowledge to make informed decisions on issues that affect their lives. It allows learners to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge they need for practical activities, independent living, community participation and employment. There are three types of programmes offered: Life Skills, Work Skills and Sensory Development.

All programmes include meaningful targets which meet the EHCP outcomes and progression and are developed in accordance with parent/learner discussions. The Life Skills programme is based on the principles on Preparing for Adulthood and is designed to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours for young adulthood including cooking, independent travel, keeping yourself safe, budgeting, English and maths and independent living skills.

The Work Skills programme is often a progression route for Life Skills learners and is focused on developing work readiness skills and communication required for employment – Pre-Internship Skills. Learners undertake a range of placements which usually begins internally to develop key skills; Pathways have a charity shop and café where learners develop a range of skills: stock taking, customer service and communication, pricing etc. For learners who have shown the required skills there is progression to external placements supported by the workplace facilitator to a range of placements. Depending on progress on this pathway some learners may progress to the Supported Internship programme which is organised in a cross college programme (Foundation Learning).

The Sensory Development programme is based on the Fundamentals of Communication and is based on specialist training through Tacpac and Intensive Interaction which is to develop communication through choice and to capture learner responses through close observation and interaction. As many of the learners are nonverbal a highly specialist approach is required to be able to record cause and effect and gain an in depth understanding of learners‘ responses.  The curriculum is aimed at learners who are working at pre –intentional and pre- verbal stages of development; they may be physically reliant on others for the majority of their needs and have significant difficulty with understanding abstract concepts.   Learners are well supported through a specialist teaching and support team who oversee teaching and learning, personal care, hoist and medical support if necessary.

EHCP students who have a keen interest in work and to leave education, who have completed substantial work experience on either the Pathways or Foundation Learning courses, can progress to Moving Up. Moving Up is a supported internship programme focussing on employability and based in the workplace and college.

Pathways Facilities

The new Pathways building has been designed to provide the highest quality learning environment, including a hydrotherapy pool, accessible kitchens, classrooms specially designed for delivery of independent living, performance spaces and a ‘movement’ studio.

Support facilities such as changing rooms, toilets and eating locations close to the building and supported by learners has been developed with the specific needs of our learners.

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