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Welcome to: Supportive Learning

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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.


Each student's starting pathway will be assessed and identified on an individual basis.

Pathway 1

Students on pathway one will typically have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) or associated traits and may have found accessing college education before challenging and/or need clearly defined routines and expectations in order to support them in accessing all elements of their college programme effectively.

Pathway 2

Students on pathway two will be working to develop independence skills, internal discipline and processing skills, to develop an understanding of their local community, of personal safety and to develop pre-work vocational skills.

Pathway 3

Students on pathway three will be working towards further developing independent life and work skills with a view to sustainable, meaningful work and supported living placements beyond college.

Pathway 4 (previously Landmark)

For more information on pathway four (previously Landmark) click here

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