South Tyneside College is a general further education college with specialist provision tailored to meet the needs of students with a range of learning difficulties from mild/moderate to severe, and including those with autistic traits.

Courses within the Foundation Learning Department are aimed at students who do not yet feel ready to access mainstream provision and would benefit from a tailored programme with high levels of support.

We also offer a range of specialist support across college in all curriculum areas. This support includes:

  • Classes taught in small group size
  • A personal tutor to monitor progress and assist with day to day queries
  • Learning support assistants (LSA) to provide support in and out of class as needed
  • Supervision over lunch, break and transport (if necessary)
  • Sensory room and quiet areas within specialist provision and across college
  • Specialist equipment inventory
  • Specialist exam arrangements
  • Individualised targets for academic success and personal development
  • Additional support with English and maths
  • Specialist support and services such as dyslexia, teacher of the deaf and CSW support, counselling service and personal care.

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Our Courses

Interface

Level 

Designed for learners with:

Age    range

Brief outline of course 

Who to contact

Entry level 1 to level 2

Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) 16-25

This program is designed around an autism specific curriculum in which learners can follow one of three different pathways:

  • Independent Living
  • Personal and Social Development
  • Employability
Each pathway is flexible and tailored to each individual learners needs based on assessment.

Eve Champney-Smith

 Eve.Champney-Smith@tynecoast.ac.uk

 

Life Skills

Level Designed for learners with: Age range Brief outline of course Who to contact 
Pre-entry level - entry level 1 Severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities (SLD) and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) 16-25 The emphasis is on real life activities to develop and enhance personal, social and independent living skills. Learners develop these skills through subjects such as Cookery, Independent Living, Performing Arts, Sport, Personal Lifestyles, Community studies, English and Maths.  Learners also develop an awareness of the world of work through employability, enterprise and work experience where appropriate

Michelle Robinson

Michelle.Robinson@tynecoast.ac.uk

 

Skills Link

Level  Designed for learners with:  Age range Brief outline of course Who to contact
Entry level 2 Severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities (SLD)   This course is for learners with learning difficulties with and/or disabilities who are experiencing barriers to being independent and gaining work.  Key topics include being a good citizen, responsible behaviour, assertiveness, teamwork, rights and responsibilities and decision-making.  Learners require a willingness to work on their personal barriers, use community facilities with support and follow basic health & safety related instructions.

David Farrell

David.Farrell@tynecoast.ac.uk

 

Certificate Foundation Skills for Employment Training and Personal Development (SETPD)

Level  Designed for learners with:  Age range Brief outline of course Who to contact 
Entry level 3 – Level 1 Mild/Moderate learning difficulties (MLD) 16-19

This program aims to develop employability skills and training within a predominantly vocational area to enable students to seek employment and develop skills to remain employable.

Learners have the opportunity to access the provision at a suitable level to meet their particular learning profile. All the programs provide various stages of vocational studies along with academic subjects that develop a strong foundation to build upon.

Whilst developing their academic skills learners have the chance to experience real working environments in their chosen vocational area from [Please note, options may vary];

  • Art & Media
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Health & Care
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Business & Retail
  • Workshop Practical Skills
  • Land Based & Environmental

Embedded English, Mathematics and independence skills are essential parts of all the programs.

Sandra Gillott

Sandra.Gillott@tynecoast.ac.uk

 

Jeff Elliott

Jeff.Elliott@tynecoast.ac.uk

 

Supported Internship

Level Designed for learners with: Age range Brief outline of course Who to contact
Level 1 A range of learning difficulties and/or disabilities 16-25 This programme is aimed at young people who want to move into sustainable paid employment and need extra support to do so.  Learning takes place both within the college and within a work placement environment. The amount of days in each and type of work placement will vary depending on the needs and interests of each individual learner.  A Job Coach provides in-work support for young people as required as well as providing support for employers.

Jemma Hall

Jemma.hall@stc.ac.uk

 

College Introductory Certificate (CIC)

Level  Designed for learners with: Age range Brief outline of course Who to contact
Level 1 This program is suitable for individuals who may have become disengaged with education or simply those with additional support needs in some areas of study. 16-19

This program is suitable for individuals who may have become disengaged with education or simply those with additional support needs in some areas of study.

Whilst developing their academic skills learners may also have the opportunity to experience real working environments in some of the vocational areas that are delivered within the college from;

  • Art & Media
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Health & Care
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Business & Retail
  • Workshop Practical Skills
  • Land Based & Environmental
    [Please note that the above options may vary]

Embedded English, Mathematics and independence skills are essential parts of all the programs.

Jemma Hall

Jemma.hall@stc.ac.uk


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Thinking about your child’s next step doesn’t have to be scary, you just need to think about what’s best for them. And if you are looking for the best - then that’s us. We’re the best Ofsted rated college in Tyneside - fact.

You can still find out everything you need to know about our extensive range of Foundation Learning programmes at our dedicated open events.

Open events are a fantastic opportunity for you to:

  • Meet the Foundation Learning team
  • Find out everything you need to know about our range of courses
  • Chat to Student Services about the financial support available to you
  • Chat to our Additional Learning Support team about our bespoke
  • support packages
  • Take a tour of our facilities and get a feel for the place

INCLUSIVE LEARNING

Our Inclusive Learning programmes are for moderate learning students or students just needing to boost their key skills. We offer all students a learning experience that respects diversity and removes barriers to develop many practical work based, functional and employability skills, while promoting a learner’s independence and self-esteem.

  • Tuesday 27/04/21 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday 29/06/21 10am-3pm
  • Thursday 01/07/21 10am-3pm

INTERFACE

Interface offers three distinct programmes for students on the autistic spectrum, focusing on social and emotional development, independence and employability. Interface is an environment that caters for a variety of communication styles, learning differences and sensory profiles

  • Tuesday 27/04/21 10am-3pm
  • Tuesday 29/06/21 10am-3pm

SUPPORTED LEARNING

Our Supported Learning programmes are tailored to students with profound and complex learning difficulties. They cover essential key skills, life skills and social and emotional development. There are also many elements of employability, and are all designed to maximise an individual learner’s development through strong support.

  • Tuesday 27/04/21 10am-3pm
  • Wednesday 30/06/21 10am-3pm

TO BOOK A SESSION, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

If you would like more information or to book via the telephone, please call 0191 427 3774 or email als@tynecoast.ac.uk