West Thames College London

Learning for Independent Living: Continuing Personal Development

This course is based around the development of communication and life skills and also encourages the development of social and community awareness. We actively encourage independence and making decisions through a range of practical activities such as running enterprises, drama, sports and art. Students have a personal tutor and the use of specialist facilities to meet their individual needs.

The course lasts between 1 and 2 years, depending on the development and learning needs of the individual. It is a full-time programme of study of under 16 hours per week over 3 days.

Key course features


Personal progression towards Entry Level 1 (Edexcel)

Level: Entry Level

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Students with severe and complex learning difficulties who are leaving school and would benefit from a chance to continue their learning and development.

About the course

Sessions are run in small teaching groups and have a personal tutor. Students will be placed in groups with effective and appropriate levels of support according to their individual needs.

The curriculum is based around the development of communication and life skills but also encourages the development of social and community awareness. We actively encourage independence and the ability to make decisions and choices.

Our aim is to provide the learner with a supportive and encouraging environment where learning challenges can be developed.

The college has a wide range of facilities which are all accessible to the students. Support staff can provide additional help during break and lunch times as well as helping with personal care. Support staff offer additional guidance and encouragement in group sessions.

A personal tutor builds on an individual learning plan that is designed to meet students’ individual needs. We aim to provide a package of learning skills that can be developed and worked on both at college and in the home environment.

Parents and key workers are invited to the college during the year for progression meetings and we actively encourage their participation at all levels of the student’s learning.

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.

Where next?

Through continuous assessment, appropriate progression will be discussed with your tutor, careers adviser and relevant social services.

Entry requirements

You will have an interview with the course tutor to be sure the course is right for you.


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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