Gateway [Towards Independence] aims to give students the foundations they need to prepare for independence and maybe working life. Gateway 1 is for learners who are pre entry and Gateway 2 is for learners working at entry level 1 or 2.
The programme will help you learn the core life skills that you need to develop your personal, social and educational wellbeing. We offer a personalised learning programme built around your educational health care plan and aspirations. It will put you on track to being confident, making your own decisions and living more independently.
This course is designed to fit around your pace of learning and is for a year but can be longer depending on progress. Learners on the Gateway programme are supported at all times throughout the college day by members of the Learning Support team.
You will follow a study programme which includes a lifeskills qualification, maths, English, work experience and tutorials. A large part of your study programme will be created around your individual goals and will include using our fantastic facilities such as the independent living flat and sensory room. We also help you to develop your personal, social and independence skills through activities in citizenship, healthy living, sports, money skills and cookery.
There are no entry requirements for the Gateway [Towards Independence] course but usually learners will have an Educational Health Care Plan and be working at pre entry, entry level 1 or 2.
All learners will take an award in Lifeskills and Independent Living
Some learners will also take a qualification in maths and English if appropriate.
The Gateway course is a 4 day course and the college day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3pm
How will I be assessed?
You will work with your tutor to assess your needs and set your own personal targets. You will complete a folder of your work in each subject area, gathering evidence from a variety of innovative assessments methods including practical activities, computer work, photographic evidence and discussions.
Your tutor will mark your work and meet with you to give you feedback.
What can I do next
If you would like to apply for the Gateway [Towards Independence] course you can apply on line or complete an application form and send it in to the college. If you need any help please do not hesitate to contact us.
Once your application has been received we will then invite you in for an interview where we can discuss the best options for you and tell you more about what you can expect from the course.
If you wish to visit the college to find out more first you are very welcome to do so.
Towards the end of each academic year, you will be able to discuss progression opportunities with your tutor.
You may go on to a higher level course at the end of your studies if you have shown sufficient progression.