Futures High Needs

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Full-time / Part-time: Full-time
Duration: One year
Campus: Wellington Road

Is this the right course for me?

The Futures High Needs programme is designed for young people who have who have special educational needs and/or an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

The programme provides a safe and inclusive curriculum which will also enhance their life skills and develop their abilities to help them move towards living independently.

The college has experienced specialist tutors who will design a learning programme to meet the specific needs of each young person.

What will I learn?

The programme will cover:

  • Health and safety - both personal and at work
  • Job skills required by employers
  • Life skills – e.g. using money in real situations
  • Travel training tailored to the individual student’s needs and abilities
  • Lifestyle advice and support
  • Time and money skills
  • Team building
  • English and maths

In addition the programme also offers:

  • Taster Sessions

    • To give the young person a taste of what they might be able to progress to in the future, they will get the chance to take part in taster sessions (two hours per week for six weeks during term time) in a range of subjects including hair and beauty, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, ICT, construction, catering, early years, and sports and leisure

  • John Muir Award

    • For young people on a Futures High Needs programme who enjoy outdoor activities, this scheme enables them to connect with and enjoy and care for wild places by working alongside conservationists at Kinver Edge, a local beauty spot.

      What skills will I gain?

      In addition to the above, the course will also provide the opportunity to:

      • Develop skills linked to EHC plan outcomes
      • Gain real work experience and develop practical skills by working in the onsite Futures café, situated in the community sports centre, and horticultural area

      How will I be assessed?

      Staff from the learning support team will work alongside the young person to ensure they get the most out of their time at college and are successful on the programme.

      What can I do next?

      Completion of the programme will enable the young person to progress to another Futures programme offered by the college.

      What are the Entry Requirements?

      There are no entry requirements for the course. Staff from the special education needs and disability (SEND) team will aim to meet with the young person and their parents/carers prior to them leaving school to look at the outcomes that are being asked for in the EHCP and the different options available to help them achieve their future goals.

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