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It all starts with skills - it’s all about you!

Experience the opportunity to seize, explore and share your learning experiences within a vibrant learning community.

Our 2021/22 courses are designed to inspire learning ability whilst overcoming disability.

We offer enriched motivating environments where learners thrive and develop skills for independence and active participation within the community. All courses are designed and appropriate for people with learning difficulties and disability and under the guidance of teachers and support staff.

If you are not sure about which course best suits your needs, or you want to discuss future career goals, then we are here to offer comprehensive information, advice, guidance and support. Just pick up the phone and call us!

It’s all about the support we can offer you!

If you feel any of the courses are right for you, we would be very pleased to invite you to talk about the assessment process and provision we offer. 

Call our Information Line on 0121 303 4318 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like more details or some help to find the right Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) course for you.

First Steps

These courses are designed as a platform to help people to fulfil their potential, personal and/or career goals. Included in the First Steps Course is the developing of personal presentation skills and digital technology as the driving force for the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Access Courses

Our access courses are a brilliant way of giving you the next step into a career or a popular route to changing your life. As well as developing subject knowledge, you will take part in exploring occupational areas, work placement or volunteering.

Preparing to Shape a Life courses

Our Preparing to Shape a Life courses are a perfect way of starting to learn before deciding the right path for you. These courses are great starting point to planning and doing more with your life, or just a flexible way of building social networks towards future goals.

Learning within a supported environment, it allows learners to build confidence, resilience, self-esteem, and manage risk. These courses are designed for learners to make informed choices and understanding of what influences their decisions, in addition to recognising, accepting and accommodating difference and change..

Access Courses

Catering450Access to Working in Catering - Part 1

This very popular course will focus on cooking for fun and basic cooking techniques, everyday food and drink preparation and simple nutritious meals and snacks.

Included in this very popular course will be sessions to improve maths and English whilst taking part in project-working within the hospitality and catering sector. Following health and safety in the kitchen will be our priority.

Programme includes: Catering Skills for Employment, Independent Living Skills, English and maths. Learners will gain work experience.

4 x 2 hour sessions per week

Interested in joining an Access to Working in Catering course? Fill in an expression of interest form.

Access to Working in Catering - Part 2

A progression course focusing on hygiene and safety in the kitchen, food preparation, cooking and the production of tasty nutritional food.

This course focuses on developing customer service skills including being a customer, and looking and acting the part.

Learners will improve their maths and English and take part in exciting project related activities associated with the hospitality and catering sector. Included is an opportunity to explore or participate in a work placement or volunteering.

Programme includes: Further Catering Skills for Employment, Independent Living Skills, English and maths. Learners will have a work placement.

4 x 2 hour sessions per week

Interested in joining an Access to Working in Catering course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


Independent LivingAccess to Independent Living Skills - Part 1

Our Access to Independent Living Skills is appropriate for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop and foster life, learning and skills. The course will raise awareness and increase skills of those whose goal it is to live as independently as possible and to be successful and an active citizen.

The course will focus on developing confidence needed to overcome barriers due to difficulties and disabilities. There will be opportunity to take part in practical household skills, shopping for daily living, personal safety, environmental awareness and other skills to help learners to participate and live life in the community.

Enrichment includes project work that allow learners to use their abilities, personal experience and interests under guidance of teachers and support.

Programme includes: Independent Living Skills and Entry Levels 2 and 3 Computer Skills, as well as Skills for Work and Volunteering, including work experience. You will also improve your English and maths skills.

3 x 2 hour sessions per week

Access to Independent Living Skills - Part 2

Our Access to Independent Living Skills is appropriate for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop and foster life, learning and skills. The course will focus on independent living including practical skills, personal presentation, employability and living in the community.

There will be an opportunity to take part in the design and production of a project under the guidance of teachers and support. 

Programme includes: Further Independent Living Skills and Wider Computer Skills, as well as Skills for Work and Volunteering, including a work placement. You will also improve your English and maths skills.

3 x 2 hour sessions per week

Interested in joining an Independent Living Skills course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


Hospitality 450Access to Working in Cleaning

This course is all about education and learning for employability with the opportunity to explore elements of the vocational pathway into cleaning, developing career management skills which you will be able to transfer into all aspects of employment.

This course is developed to inspire and bring about creativity whilst underpinning the depth and diversity of volunteering and the world of work.

Programme includes: Hospitality Skills for Employment, Independent Living Skills, English and Maths. Learners will gain work experience.

1 day, 2 x 2 hour session per week

Interested in joining a Working in Cleaning course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


Access to Volunteering and Care

This course is all about education and learning for employability with the opportunity to explore elements of the vocational pathway into care, developing career management skills which you will be able to transfer into all aspects of employment.

This course is developed to inspire and bring about creativity whilst underpinning the depth and diversity of volunteering and the world of work.

Programme includes: Hospitality Skills for Employment, Independent Living Skills, English and Maths. Learners will gain work experience.

1 day, 2 x 2 hour session per week.

Interested in joining a Working in Hospitality course? Fill in an expression of interest form.


Health and Well-being Courses

One session per week offered as part of our Community Learning Programme. If you are interested in joining one of our Health and Well-being courses fill in an expression of interest form.

Includes:

Working as part of a team

Our Team Working Skills course provides an opportunity to build team working skills and a foundation for managing emotions. This highly interactive course is about developing a positive attitude whilst enhancing develop skills that will readily transfer into everyday life.


The importance of good communication skills

Our Better Communicator course can help all aspects of your life, from social to professional whilst improving the quality of your life. An amazing opportunity meet new people whilst learning to practise and apply skills in reading, writing and numeracy.


Thinking and taking part in different activities

Escape and take part in our safe different activities course. Discover the beauty in reuse, recycle, and the environment.

Why not start a Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle course to discover the beauty in the environment whilst reducing your carbon footprint. An opportunity to minimise material goods whilst repurposing those well-loved things.


Introduction to Volunteering

This course looks into the world of volunteering and the role of a volunteer and why people volunteer. The course will look at the distinctive features and value of volunteering and the rewards it can bring. You will learn how to use prior learning by applying your knowledge and skills towards career and personal goals.


Looking after yourself in the community, home and college

Our confidence can drop and changes happen with our mood and we become less social, resulting in us not quite feeling our best. That’s why it is important we look after wellbeing and our safety in the community, home and college.


Developing new skills, aspiration, motivation and ambition

This Active and Take Notice course is about taking a break from the home, technology and for some, social media. Social connection is one of the most important ways that we can look after our mental health wellbeing, so why not join and get into the habit of setting goals to actively grow and achieve.


If you are interested in joining one of our Preparing to Shape a Life course please fill in an expression of interest form.

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