Overview top

Students work on their independence skills to facilitate greater independence in everyday situations around college, at home and in the community. The programme is designed to help them develop a solid foundation to work on.

Key topics include: managing money, personal safety, cooking, travel skills, laundry, personal safety and citizenship.

The qualification forms part of a study programme which also includes Tutorial, Maths, English, Autism specific personal development, work related activity and internal work experience.

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.

Learners with an Education Health Care Plan…


Entry Requirements top

This course is for learners with autistic traits who are experiencing significant barriers to being independent.

Students should be willing to

  • Work on their personal barriers

  • Use community facilities with support

  • Follow basic health and safety related instructions.

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.

*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. Options in interface include:

  • Entry level 2 (or higher) Independence Skills

  • Entry level (or higher) Social and Emotional skills

  • Entry level 3 (or higher) Employability Skills

  • Full time courses in the Supported Learning department

  • Part time courses in the Supported Learning department

  • Supported Internship

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.


Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.