Welcome to Preparation for Life & Work


Foundation Learning:

Foundation Learning study programmes are individually tailored for young people with additional needs. The College has an excellent track record of successfully supporting these students with opportunities to progress on to other programmes of education and/or employment. Students learn in small, friendly groups with high levels of support.



Prep4Life:

A two year study programme designed for learners with moderate learning difficulties or additional needs. It focuses on the skills necessary to prepare them for other study programmes, independent living and/or employment.



Independent Living Skills:

This is a one year study programme. It helps learners to develop and consolidate their independent living skills alongside work skills. This study programme is often a progression route from the Prep4Life Programme and allows students who need a little longer to consolidate skills to learn at their own pace.



Project Search:

Project Search is a one year, full-time study programme which offers students with learning difficulties or additional needs the opportunity to work as interns with Yeovil District Hospital. Based at the Hospital, students learn real skills in three different departments over the study programme. Students are supported by a tutor and a job coach, who also supports them as they look for paid employment at the end of the study programme.



Curriculum Design:

We offer a project-based curriculum where fulltime students learn vocational and life skills in a realistic environment. This can enable the transition from education to work or further study. We have a strong commitment to the improvement of Functional Skills (English and maths) and the achievement of personal goals. The curriculum is based on the needs of our students and can change from year to year, however projects we have offered in the past include:



Independent Living Skills:

All full-time students access an Independent Living Skills programme which includes Shopping & Cooking for Independence, Social Skills, Relationships, Home Management, Mobility/Accessing the Community, Money Matters and Leisure & Personal Skills. Community Awareness: This is about exploring the community around us and enables learners to familiarise themselves with the College, Yeovil and the many facilities available, which students can then explore in their own leisure time.



Functional Skills Workshops:

All learners are given the opportunity to develop and improve their maths, English and ICT skills within small group workshops.



Create:

Learners are given the opportunity to express themselves through art and craft, encouraging them to be more confident in decision-making skills and their ability to create something they are happy to show others.



Retail & Enterprise:

This project is based around the skills needed to work in a retail environment. It covers areas including investigating the Retail industry, Health & Safety, Customer Service and Selling & Stock Management. Learners have the opportunity to run a small business and several stalls throughout the year.



Hospitality & Catering:

Learners gain a range of skills, including Food Preparation, Table Setting, Customer Service, Health & Hygiene and Food Service. Students are also involved in running a small café.



Get Active:

This project is delivered through a wide range of practical sporting and leisure activities. These experiences develop an understanding of healthy living and the employment skills for working in the Leisure industry. Performing Arts: Learners plan and take part in various performances throughout the year. Confidence and skills are gained in Music, Dance and Drama. Learners also investigate lighting, music and stagecraft. What should I do now? Call our Student & Customer Services Team on 01935 423921.



Courses Available


Full-time courses

We offer a project-based curriculum where full-time students learn vocational and life skills in a realistic environment, including at our new Centre for Independent Living. This can enable the transition from education to work and could offer routes for some students into mainstream education. We have a strong commitment to the improvement of Functional Skills (Maths and English) and the achievement of personal goals. The curriculum is based on the needs of our students and can change from year to year.


  • Progression Pathways (Entry to Level 1)