Preparing For Work

Oldham College offers 1 year personalised Study programmes for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).  Our entry level courses, Preparing for Adulthood and Preparing for Work are both focused on the key outcomes around employment, independent living, community inclusion and wellbeing. We recognise that enabling effective communication is vital and we are committed to ensuring that learners are at the centre of what we do.

The Preparing for Work programme will be very practical and will be based in our specialist teaching rooms, in real life settings and out in the local community. The aim of this study programme is to give learners the opportunity to develop an understanding of the world of work and working with others, through a range of contexts and subject areas.

Your curriculum will be tailor-made to meet your individual needs and interests and you will have the opportunity to access a fully supported work experience within the College or a placement with one of our established providers in the community. This will be tailored for your specific requirements and suited to your future aspirations. Preparing for Work gives learners every opportunity to achieve their full potential.

You will be working in small and appropriate groups with highly qualified and experienced Tutors and Support Officers dedicated to ensuring that your learning experience is fun, challenging, motivational and meaningful. You will receive support from your Personal Tutor, who will closely monitor your progress to ensure that your learning journey stays on track.  We have strong links with families and professionals who will be involved in all aspects of your development. Our highly motivated work experience team will work with you to ensure that your placement is suitably challenging and prepares you for the world of work.

Skills you will develop:

  • Maths and English taught in a relevant and tailored way.

  • Personal awareness

  • Personal relationships

  • Employability skills

  • Work experience

  • Independent travel

  • Teamwork

  • Communication skills

  • Problem solving

  • Applying for jobs and interview techniques

  • Portfolio-building
  • Continual assessment through tutor observations 

Work experience is an integral part of the Curriculum and all learners will access this over the course of the year.

  • Supported Internship

  • Pre- Supported Internship

  • Pathway to progression

  • Faculty Level 1

  • Employment

Entry Level 2 or Entry Level 3. Maths & English screening will take place prior to enrolment.
Supported Internship and the Pre- Supported Internship course
Through main College applications.

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development