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Welcome to Pathway 4

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This programme is for students aged 16-22 on entry, who have a learning difficulty/disability, including those whose needs fall within the autistic spectrum range of conditions. There are no formal entry requirements. 

This programme is made up of four pathways, streamed according to academic level of the individual student. These cover a range of areas including:

  • Coping strategies
  • Internal discipline
  • Life and community skills
  • Functional skills in Maths and English
Internal and external work experience will be offered to all students in accessing the wider community and encourage them to be more independent in all aspects of their life.

What Is Pathway 4?

Pathway 4 (previously Landmark)

Students on pathway four (previously Landmark) may have potential to access other further education courses in the future, but need structure and clear expectations to access their education in a meaningful manner at the present time. Students may present with SEMH needs and/or have been out of formal education 

Employability Skills

Employability Skills is a new course based at both our campuses. It is designed to act as a transition year if you’re looking for further education or move onto employment, but need some support to get there.

You will develop transferable skills to increase your independence at home and in the community, with embedded functional skills. You will learn to take responsibility for your own learning and recognise your strengths and areas you need to develop.

Personal development sessions will support and guide you through a range of generic and life skills in order to support your core study programme and to develop wider skills for progressing to further education and/or employment.

The Pearson Level 1 Award in Workskills focuses on preparing you for employment covering
areas such as CV writing, applying for a job and preparing for interview.

Jamie’s home cooking skills Level 1 & 2 focus on increasing independence by developing skills needed to plan and prepare home cooked meals.

You will also have the opportunity to access a range of other courses at Oaklands including animal care and motor vehicle maintenance to get a taster with support before applying for a place next year. We invite applications from students from mainstream schools.

Supported Internship

Our supported internship programme is for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Internships are unpaid work and last for a minimum of six months. The on-the-job training will support you to move into paid employment at the end of the programme. You will be at work for up to 16 hours a week and at college for 1 day a week.

How it works

At the start of your programme you will be fully supported in your chosen work placement. A job coach will assist you with on the job training. As you become competent in your role the support will reduce. (This may take several months).

At the end of your work placement the employer will offer an interview which we hope will lead to paid employment.

Is a supported internship for you?

  • You need to be at least 18 years old
  • You need to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • You will need to have a strong desire to work
  • You will need to be reliable and willing to learn new skills
  • You will need to get to your work placement

What you can do next

Progression routes (explored in the final year of the programme) are tailored to meet the needs of the student. Students may move into work or voluntary placements, independent living or onto another further education course with the appropriate degree of additional support. 

Find out more

If you're not sure about the programme or have any questions, our staff would be happy to assist. Please contact us on 01727 737000 or email