Overview top

This course is aimed at developing employability skills to enable students to seek employment work and develop skills to remain employable.

Key areas include interview skills, applying for jobs, dealing with problems, communication at work, customer care, presentation skills, diversity in the work place, enterprise, team work, responsible work practice, community project and health and safety.

The qualification forms part of a Study Programme which also includes Tutorial, Maths, English, a small amount of Autism specific personal progress, Work related activity and a significant time on work placement both internal and external.

Entry Requirements top

This course is for learners with autistic traits who have reached a sufficient level of independence and personal skills to begin exploring the world of employment.

It is a natural progression from other Interface courses namely Employability skills Entry level 3, Independence Skills or from school or a specialist college.

To complete the portfolio it is preferable that they can demonstrate literacy skills of entry level 3 or above though we will make reasonable adjustments to assessment methods and differentiate assessment methods where appropriate.

Students should be willing to

  • Work on their personal barriers experienced in the workplace
  • Use community facilities with some independence 
  • Follow basic health and safety related instructions
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic
  • Demonstrate good personal presentation skills

We expect good attendance so that learners can do their best but we understand that some medical needs prevent this.

We seek to provide an inclusive learning environment and to make reasonable adjustments that maximise learning and wellbeing.   If you have any suggestions on how we can improve this, please get in touch.

We promote a positive approach to behaviour by trying to understand difficult behaviour but we expect our learners to do their best by behaving in a kind and safe manner, especially on their work placement.

*If you do not meet these criteria, please contact us on 0191 427 3900 or email info@stc.ac.uk

Assessment top

Assessment takes place through building a portfolio of evidence and may also include team work, practical tasks, projects, worksheets, presentations, role plays, games and question and answer.

The Maths and English parts of the programme have formal assessments but we do a lot of preparation with students to reduce their anxiety.

Professional Opportunities top

Students can progress on to a range of courses depending on their abilities and needs. There are full time and part time options in our Supported Learning department which include a Supported Internship.

Some learners may be ready to do a level one vocational course in the main college with ongoing support from Interface.

Some learners may be ready for employment (supported or independent).

Further Information top

Any student interested in doing this course should contact Mark Lambert to arrange an initial visit. We then seek detailed information about learners’ needs and they are invited in for a taster day. This is all crucial for helping the learner decide if this course is for them and enables the staff to decide if the students’ needs can be met on the course.

Mark will discuss funding and support including the role of Education Health Care Plans.

All learners have a detailed Individual Learning Plan which clearly states and regularly reviews their needs to all relevant staff. This includes an Individual Support Plan which involves the student in giving staff a step by step plan to meeting their educational needs.

All learners are supported to set and review personal targets on a weekly basis.

The staff team are committed to understanding each learner’s behaviour and guiding them to more suitable alternatives where applicable.

Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.