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Preparing for Adulthood and Work (SEND)

Preparing for Adulthood and Work (SEND)

Faculty of Entry Pathways

What will I study?

Sensory and Communication Pathway: Pre-Entry Level 

Preparing for Adulthood: Entry Level

Preparing for Community Life: Entry Level

Preparing for Work: Entry Level

Oldham College offers 1 year personalised courses 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. 

These programmes will be very practical and based in our specialist teaching rooms or in real life settings out in the local community.

Teaching will be ‘tailor made’ to meet your individual needs and interests, and you will have the opportunity to access fully supported work experience within the College or a placement with one of our established providers in the community. 

Skills you will develop:

  • Communication skills
  • Personal and social development
  • Independence
  • Maths and English
  • Teamwork
  • Enterprise
  • Employability skills
  • Road safety/travel training
  • ICT
  • Budgeting and money skills
  • Community inclusion

Work experience is an important part of the programmes and all learners will access this over the course of the year. This will include elements of work-related activities, internal work experience and external work placements to match your EHCP aspirations. Our highly-motivated work experience team will work with you to ensure your placement is suitably challenging and prepares you for the world of work.

Sensory and Communication Pathway: Pre-Entry Level

Your core curriculum includes:

  • Social Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Sensory 
  • Pastoral/British Values

Preparing for Adulthood: Entry Level

Your core curriculum includes:

  • Independence in the Home
  • Social Skills
  • Words and Meaning
  • The World of Number
  • Pastoral/British Values

Preparing for Community Life - Entry Level

Your core curriculum includes:

  • Community Inclusion
  • Travel Training
  • Social Skills
  • Words and Meaning
  • The World of Number
  • Pastoral/ British Values

Preparing for Work - Entry Level

Your core curriculum includes: 

  • Employability
  • Enterprise
  • Words and Meaning
  • The World of Number
  • Pastoral/British Values

Supported Internship

The Supported Internship is an employment-based course open to students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) between the ages of 18 and 24 years old. It provides a combination of taught sessions and work experience placements and provides opportunities to learn work skills and build confidence in a real place of work. After the supported placements finish, it is hoped that Interns will secure paid employment, either at their place of work or with local employers.

Detail

The course runs for one academic year, four days per week. Each Intern will work towards an Award in Skills for Working Life (Entry Level 3) or Employability Skills (Levels 1-2). Interns will also work towards maths and English qualifications, from mini qualifications up to GCSE level. 

We provide each Intern with a person-centred support plan, tailored to meet their needs and skills and match this to job roles within an employer's organisation. They then undertake a rotation of three 10-week work placements, giving them valuable experience in a variety of job roles.

All learners enrolled on the Supported Internship are supported by a Job Coach and Senior Employment Officer in the workplace. There will also be a dedicated member of teaching staff to identify individual requirements, and assess workplace knowledge and skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will work in small groups with highly qualified and experienced tutors and Support Officers, dedicated to ensuring that your learning experience is fun, challenging and meaningful. You will receive support from your own Personal Tutor, who will closely monitor your progress to ensure that your learning journey stays on track. We have strong links with family and professionals, who will be involved in all aspects of your development.

The programme focusses on personalised targets based on meeting the needs of students' EHCP outcomes. Baseline assessments will identify students' starting points and their progress against targets will be closely monitored.

What will this lead to?

Progression

Depending on your starting point, your progression could be as follows:

  • Preparing for Work Programme
  • Volunteering & Community Projects
  • Pre-Supported Internship
  • Supported Internship
  • Pathway to Progression or Vocational Level 1 courses 
  • Level 1 in Vocational Faculties
  • Employment

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

T Levels

Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but Maths and English GCSE must be Grade 5 or above.

T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject. 

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - https://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Preparing for Adulthood and Work (SEND)

Faculty: Entry Pathways

Attendance Options: Full Time

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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