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Step into Independence

  • Overview of the course

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    The Step into Independence course has been designed for learners with complex and profound special needs assessed from Milestone 6 to Entry Level. Learners take part in maths, English, enterprise, tutorial and cookery sessions as part of the course.
  • What you'll learn

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    Prior to any work commencing on this course, learners take part in a full college induction programme.

    During tutorials, learners will attend sessions covering topics on enterprise, citizenship, personal development and progression. These sessions focus on topics relevant to young people that will help them to progress through their study.

    In the cookery session, students will prepare and cook a dish to take home. The class is structured to improve communication skills; improve interaction with others; promote good social skills, improve basic cookery skills; and improve counting, measuring and weighing skills.

    The learners then watch a demonstration by the tutor on how to prepare and cook ingredients. They are then encouraged to follow a recipe, be it pictorial or word, depending on reading skill. An emphasis is placed on making the sessions fun and interactive while learning a range of skills.

    During enterprise sessions, students will complete computer research with support; print out ideas; complete trips to purchase items; set up a work area; follow simple steps to make items to sell; make advertising materials; and set up a stall and sell goods.

    Learners will also take part in maths and English sessions with the work being differentiated to their level of ability, the focus is on developing their communication skills and everyday English and maths skills.
  • Entry requirements

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    Learners must be a school leaver from a special school or have a referral from a social worker/college assessment team.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Learners will be assessed by the tutor and support workers, observing learners completing tasks either independently or with support. Staff will question learners to check understanding and recall and to encourage choice making. All learners will build a portfolio of evidence to achieve their qualification.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Whilst all our buildings remain closed to keep our staff, learners and visitors safe please contact us via our LiveChat service on our website or send a message to
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated oneto- one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    Learners who complete the course could progress to:

    • Further courses
    • Volunteering
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.

    Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.

    Our £75 million campus offers:

    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant
  • How to apply?

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    Click 'Apply' to submit your application.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 16:00
    5.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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