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Vocational Studies Foundation

This course is designed for those who require specialist support in gaining core Independence, English and Maths skills. You will probably have been in a specialist sector school for learners with special educational needs.  This course aims to gives you the opportunity to improve basic skills whilst working on general independence skills and gaining knowledge about a range of work-related areas.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Course Content

You’ll have the opportunity to develop core skills such as English, Maths and IT as well as Independent Living Skills, basic cookery, travel skills and self-help skills.  You will also have lots of opportunities to do supported work experience and work-related activity.  This course also has an integral Social Communication support session to help you build your confidence when communicating with others and to practice appropriate social communication skills.

You will have the change to take part on community trips and projects as well as carrying out work experience.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by experienced SEN teachers with support from additional learning support assistants.  Tasks will be broken down into simple steps with the aim of you being able to move from being supported to complete tasks to doing them by yourself after a period of time using the RARPA principles.

Personalised support can be provided if needed including 1:1 support in and out of class, group academic support, personal care, special tuition in the study centre and social communication (speech and language) groups.

How will I be assessed?

During the course your teachers will let you know how you are doing, using practical assessments to help you improve your work. You will be given personal learning targets that will be reviewed throughout the year.

Will I need any extra equipment?

No, the college will provide any necessary equipment.

What qualifications will I get?

College Certificate in Foundation Vocational Studies (RARPA)

What will it allow me to do in the future?

During your course your tutor will work with you to help you decide what you want to move on to do next. You will be able to choose from a wide range of college courses, you may progress to a Level 1 course, employment or a training scheme.

Course Information

All students will do assessments where appropriate, which will gauge their ability, level and support needs. Students on this course will have access to a variety of support, such as Additional Learning Support Assistants in each class, extra support for Literacy and Numeracy and specialist assessments.  Specialist support such as personal care and access to a sensory room and lunch / breakfast club is also available.

Further Information

All information was accurate at the time of publishing, and may be subject to change.
For general College enquiries, please call 023 9279 7979 or email college@southdowns.ac.uk.


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