Would you like to get a job but don’t feel ready to enter the world of work yet? Do you need help to develop your personal, social and employment skills? Do you like to work at your own pace? Are you eager to learn but need extra help in developing your skills? If this sounds like you, then Horizons will get you on the right track.
Horizons 1[towards independence and work skills] is for learners working at entry level 3 while Horizons 2[towards work skills] is for learners working at level 1.These courses have been created to support learners with SEN to develop their employment, personal and social skills within an adult bespoke environment. Learners work at their own pace towards individual goals and are challenged and supported to reach their aspirations.
You will follow a study programme which includes a main qualification, a vocational theme, maths and English, work experience and tutorials. The curriculum also includes enrichment activities which may include sports, cookery and using community facilities.
Both courses are based in our own bespoke area which includes designated classrooms, an independent living flat and a sensory room.
Our courses offer a personal learning programme that allow you to make your own choices and work towards your own learning needs to help you to progress to further study or prepare you for the world of work.
Learners are supported throughout the day unless parents or carers have given their written consent for their child to leave the premises at lunchtime.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course but most learners will be expected to have an Educational Health Care plan.
To benefit from the course, you will usually need to have studied maths and English at, at least entry level 2. You will also need to show an interest in a specific vocational area plus a willingness and ability to participate in work experience. A satisfactory reference is also required.
We welcome referrals from mainstream schools, special schools, other colleges, Social Services, parents or carers. We also welcome self-referral. We will invite you to attend an interview before you begin the course
Learners will take 2 awards one in Employability and Development skills and one in Skills for Living and Work. This enables learners to study a range of vocational pathways to help them to decide their future aspirations.
How will I be assessed?
You will work with your tutor to assess your needs and set your own personal targets to promote your learning and support progression. You will complete a folder of your work. Your tutor will mark your work and meet with you to give you feedback.
What can I do next
If you achieve a reasonable standard of performance and achievement on this course, you may wish to explore one of the Inclusive Learning Curriculum courses offered at the College e.g. Catering or Care. However, for those who have achieved their Functional Skills Level 1, it may be suitable to consider progression onto a Level 2 course at college.
Progression into work is also encouraged and supported either directly from the Horizons course or via the Supported Internships programme.
If you would like to apply for either of the Horizon courses 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.