Award Crest
York College

This course is ideal for students working at Entry Level or Level 1 who may require a personalised approach designed to meet their individual needs.

Students study a range of units to develop vocational skills such as preparing for work and work placement, whilst the independent living units will allow them to manage money, go shopping and undertake basic food preparation as well as using public transport. The programme will also help them develop personal, social and communication skills. All students study English and maths at a level suitable for their needs. The programme is taught in small groups or sometimes, on a 1:1 basis with the appropriate levels of learning support through a combination of taught theory and practical sessions, visits, speakers and work placements.

Past students’ career paths

  • The next level within the Pathway programme
  • Entry Level or Level 1 Vocational programmes
  • Open/supported employment

Whilst each individual course lasts one year, the programme is designed to be flexible to meet individual needs. If progression is achievable and supports the student’s agreed outcomes (including those agreed in Education, Health and Care Plans), students can apply to move onto the next level the following academic year.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. You will have an interview and you will undertake some initial assessments in English and Maths. You should be able to show you could benefit from the programme and be fully committed.

Students can enrol on to the programme at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3 or Level 1. They may also be considered for a bespoke, personalised, non-accredited programme. The programme is suitable for students who have no prior qualifications but, if you have already achieved some, you must show you can make progress and work towards the next level.

What will I study?

You will study English and Maths. You will also undertake a work placement or work related learning. Your main programme will include some or all of the following:

  • Develop job search and research skills
  • Be involved in planning, setting up and participating in an ‘Enterprise’ activity
  • Develop your independent living skills
  • Develop your social and communication skills
  • Deal with problems in your daily life
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle and make the most of your leisure time
  • Manage your money
  • Plan and make journeys using public transport (including travel training)
  • Take part in visits and offsite activities

Some students have a personalised programme which involves studying some of the Pathways units as well as vocational options such as IT or Catering, or studying part of their programme with other providers. These personalised programmes are negotiated and finalised during application and induction and are set up to meet very specific needs. Please contact Pat Rose, Head of Division for Pathways and Learning Support Manager on 01904 770428 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to discuss options.

What could it lead to?

Next steps could be: progression onto a higher level within the Pathway to Work and Independent Living Programme; progression on to Entry Level or Level 1 Vocational programmes or further training including open/supported employment.

Learning in small classes with a higher level of support to help you to:

  • Learn how to be an independent student
  • Develop your personal and employability skills and to help you find a job
  • Choose your next step (e.g. another course, finding a job)
  • Learn to communicate
  • Get on with others
  • Develop skills to live more independently

You might have:

  • A smaller teaching group
  • A personalised learning programme
  • Learning Support Practitioners to support you in class
  • Support with literacy and numeracy
  • Use of signs and symbols to help you communicate with others
  • Links with other Support Agencies e.g. Community Services
  • Equipment to help you work in class
  • Personal evacuation plans
  • Opportunity to take part in work experience

It is also possible for students to have a personalised programme which can include attending classes in a vocational area of interest. Please contact Pat Rose, Head of Division for Pathways and Learning Support Manager on 01904 770428 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss options.


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