West Thames College London

Entry to Vocational Education

This flexible course is for young people with moderate or specific learning difficulties. Students are encouraged to develop communication, numeracy and interpersonal skills, decision making and problem solving abilities. They will study vocational subjects including art and design, IT, catering, photography, ceramics, fitness training, engineering and construction. Work experience and a residential experience are an important part of the course.

Key course features


  • Edexcel and City & Guilds Functional Skills qualifications
  • Edexcel PSD qualifications

Level: Entry Level

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Young people with mild or moderate learning difficulties who would benefit from support to help make the transition to further learning.

About the course

You will study:

  • Edexcel entry qualification in personal and social development
  • City and Guilds qualification in functional skills English
  • City and Guilds qualification in functional skills Maths
  • Information technology
  • Vocational preparation
  • Work experience – 2 week block
  • Residential experience.

In addition, students will learn through a range of modules in any of the following subjects:

  • Art and design
  • Catering
  • 3D design
  • Photoshop
  • Enterprise
  • Sport
  • IT
  • Photography.

Since each student has differing needs, the course content is arranged accordingly. The programme places emphasis on developing a student’s communication, numeracy and interpersonal skills, decision making and problem solving abilities, in addition to skills relevant to their vocational interests. All students have a personal tutor to guide and support them through the course. Great care is taken to plan a course of study to suit each student’s interests and capabilities. The Connexions service plays an active part in planning for progression routes.

Additional opportunities

Supported learning courses have a varied and stimulating enrichment programme, including local visits using public transport, sport and social opportunities, and a coffee shop run by supported learning students. This course also includes a residential trip to an activity centre.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is a mutual process. The student and tutor will work together to set learning targets, develop an individual learning plan, and monitor the student’s achievements. Regular reports on progress are made to parents/guardians.

Where next?

You can progress to Skills for Life and Work or a Level 1 Foundation course at the college. You can also go on to training or employment, Project Search at GlaxoSmithKline or a supported internship.

Entry requirements

You will have an interview with the course tutor to be sure the course is right for you. For more information, please contact the course secretary for Supported Learning on 020 8326 6492.

This course is free for students under 19 years. Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.
How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Yusra Ahmed

    Supported Learning – Skills for Working Life

    Yusra Ahmed

    “I really enjoy the course, especially ICT, games and cooking. The teachers are really nice too. We get to go on lots of trips – we’ve been to Thorpe Park and to the Sky Skills Studio where we learned all about reporting. It was incredible!”


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