Learners join a course suitable for their needs pre-entry to Level 2
Independent Learners: are students who can communicate with fluency and who can make reasoned choices they can work and act co-operatively in small groups. Following a varied level of support students can work independently.
Students will be working towards: functional skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT. Students will complete at varying levels (Entry level 1 to level 2), modules towards the Edexcel Award, certificate and diploma in Skills for Independence and work. The modules selected are bespoke to the learners needs and incorporate a balance of the four Preparing for Adulthood themes. In addition, the students will complete suitable work placements within and external to the college and where possible gain relevant vocational qualifications such as BTEC work skills E3 – Level 2.
Supported Learners: are students whose learning is supported through structured patterns of communication and social activity to enable them to develop positive social behaviour (P5 to EL 1).
Students will be working towards: achieving an award, certificate or diploma for the Edexcel Personal Progress. Within the course students will study practical Communication Skills, ICT Skills and Mathematical Skills along with bespoke modules from the four Preparing for Adulthood themes. In addition, the students will study modules to gain the Edexcel Skills for supported employment and complete suitable work placements within college and if suitable placements external to the college.
Experiential Learners: are students whose needs are met primarily through experiences and activities which are multi-sensory and stimulate learning through kinaesthetic approaches and the senses of touch, hearing, taste, sight and smell (learners up to P4) focus on communication (their preferred mode), physical development needs and independence / leisure.
Students work towards: a course where they can achieve AQA unit awards, it is highly personalised with a focus on access to appropriate resources such as rebound and hydrotherapy.
All learners have access to external agencies per need as set out in their EHCP; the transition team, speech and language therapy support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hearing and visually impaired advisory service, multi-sensory impaired specialist teacher and community nursing services.
In addition to the core curriculum for learners accessing Pendle Community College offers opportunities in the following:
- Local College link courses at Nelson and Colne college – catering and hair and beauty
- Serial and block work experience placement opportunities( internal and external providers)
- Access to the Pendle Community High School and College counselling service
- Personalised learning packages
- Individual education plans and personalised targets
- Student Council events e.g. fundraising, open afternoons
- 14 to 19 groups – Duke Of Edinburgh, Scouts, Mini enterprise activities, Fire Cadets, office skills
- Students are taught alongside peers with similar needs with plenty of opportunities for socialising and peer to peer support