West Thames College London

Skills for Work and Life

This programme is for young people with moderate or specific learning difficulties. It is individually designed to help students achieve their potential, both educationally and socially, and to help them to make the transition on to a mainstream vocational course, training or employment. Students are encouraged to develop a range of personal and vocational skills.

Key course features


Edexcel and City & Guilds Functional Skills qualifications and Edexcel PSD qualifications, related to employability.

Level: Entry Level

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Young people with moderate or mild learning difficulties.

About the course

You will study:

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

You will also study the following subjects:

  • Art and design
  • Catering
  • Drama
  • Sport
  • IT
  • Personal and social development
  • Work skills.

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 includes a 2 week block of work experience and a residential trip.

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 go on to the Progression to Work programme or another college course. You can also go into training or employment.

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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