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Towards Personal and Social Development


Type: Full Time

Subject: Entry Level and Supported Learning


Start Date: 02 September 2019

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

1 Year


Entry Level

Who is it for

This subject is ideal for any learner with additional learning needs or disabilities, who would like to improve and maintain some of the basic life skills that are needed to make you a fully rounded and more independent citizen.

What will I need

There are no entry requirements for the course however you cannot study below your current minimum level qualification.

What is covered

Personal and Social Development (PSD)

You will cover a range of subjects that will help you to become a more rounded and happy person that is able to make the most of the life experiences that are available to you. The Personal and Social Development qualifications offer imaginative ways of supporting young people in:

•Becoming confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy
•Being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
•Start to manage their own wellbeing
Become more confident in working with other people

You will have the opportunity to explore new challenges and new experiences that will be tailored towards your individual needs.

The following additional subjects are built in to your course:

Independent Living Skills
This part of the timetable is an opportunity to develop skills for living independently. The department uses our timber–framed house; a domestically kitted out building with two kitchens, bathroom and bedroom to practice a range of skills, including:
•Cooking a range of snacks and meals
•Washing, drying, and ironing
•Storing items correctly
•Household chores and cleaning: such as hoovering, sweeping, cleaning appliances and dusting.

Sports and Competition
We offer a sports/competition morning once a week in addition to your normal timetable. During the sports session you will have the opportunity to choose from a number of activities which may include football, hockey, rounders, and a wide variety of indoor games and activities.
The second half of the morning is a competition session in which learners compete as part of a house team to win points throughout the year. The activities included range from group sports, to team building and puzzles/challenges.

We have great IT facilities, incorporating laptops and large, touch screen PC's with software and hardware to specifically cater for different learning needs that students may have. As well as specific sessions once a week, IT is embedded into other aspects of the study programme, to help learners build their skills and confidence in this area.

Tutorial sessions once a week are in place to introduce learners to topics such as British Values, Equality and Diversity and a range of issues linked to health, safety and wellbeing. A different theme is explored each week, and the sessions are often a chance for creative activities, discussion, and student–led debate.

What can this course lead to

Following the course you have several options:
• Continuing at the next level of study available in Inclusive Learning
• Move onto a supported internship
• Voluntary or paid employment
• More independent living

Are there any additional costs

Educational trips, approximately £25 per year.

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