What is special about this course?
The emphasis of this course is on the development of life skills to enable students to access an independent lifestyle. The course will focus on the development of practical core skills for independent living within a task centred approach.
Educational support will be delivered by Orkney College Student Support Staff.
The curriculum adheres to the Curriculum for Excellence and aims to enable each student to be a successful learner, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor.
Applicants should have the ability to:
- Follow simple instructions
- Have an awareness of and demonstrate respect for others in the group
- Make a contribution to a group
- Study in a classroom environment
- Focus on a learning activity
- Participate in a variety of group activities
- Stay in a room, focus and participate in appropriate learning activities
- Show interest and willingness to learn in a busy college environment
Each applicant will be interviewed to discuss the suitability of this programme for them and references will be sought. This course is suited to school leavers and young people with a variety of learning and support needs.
The following subject areas are included:
- Communication for Independence
- Numbers for Everyday Situations
- ICT (Technology-embedded in other subject areas)
- Getting to Know Your Community and the Resources within it
- Independent Living Skills
- Cooking for Healthy Eating
- Art and Design
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Joinery skills/DIY
- Employment/Volunteering Skills (second year)
- Work placement/Volunteering (second year)
Students will generally be working towards Level 1 and 2 units
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
How long will my course last?
Full Time - 17 hours a week of direct class contact over three days for 36 weeks.
Where can I study my course?
Further education tuition fees
If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.
Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.
Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.
If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course. Further information can be found at https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-learning-accounts-ila
What can I do on completion of my course?
The course aims to increase confidence and independence skills. Students may be able to progress to further vocational training and preparation for employment or access other educational courses.
Is there more information available online?
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