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Bradford College

Entry Level 1 and 2 Skills for Independence

Subject Area
PLW / Foundation Learning
Qualification Gained
Entry Level 1 and 2 Skills for Independence
Study Level
Entry Level, Entry Levels 1-2
1 year Full-time
Start Date
Study Mode


The Skills for Independence course offers school leavers aged 16-25 with Education Health Care plans, the next step in their learning experience, based within a specialised discreet provision in the College environment.

The Skills for Independence pathway offers a bespoke programme of study for students who are working towards Entry Level 1 and Entry level 2. The course aims to develop their skills for independence and support progression into adulthood.

If you have learning difficulties and/or disabilities and want to become more confident and independent in life, our study programmes have been designed to help you develop your skills in a number of different areas to support you in growing your skills, knowledge and independence to take part in life, learning and work activities.

You will join in with familiar tasks and activities that will teach you the core life skills that you need to develop your personal, social and educational well-being such as managing your own money, cooking your own food and planning your next steps. With guidance and support from your tutor or assessor every step of the way, you will build your confidence and skills to live an independent life within your community.

Please note that a uniform may be required for this course, click here to purchase.

Our students work in partnership with the National Citizens Service (NCS) programme which helps to develop key employment skills and behaviours.

  Key Info

The course is based on a Programme of Study which consists of:

  • Employability
  • Independence and Personal Development Skills
  • Maths and English
  • A Tutorial Programme
  • Work Experience

Students also study preparation for living independently or in supported accommodation such as cooking, cleaning and making informed choices. The development of soft skills is actively encouraged and developed through a variety of enrichment activities.

Communication, reading, writing and mathematics are some of the many areas you will take part in to develop your skills for tasks in the home, personal activities, independent living and for the workplace.

You will develop skills in:

  • Communication
  • Reading and Writing
  • Maths
  • Independence
  • Employment/Next Steps
  • Personal and Social Development
  • Confidence

Students will learn though a mixture of classroom based and practical activities that incorporate life skills as well as functional skills English and maths. Learning is highly personalised and focused on the importance of ‘Being Me’. All learning will be tailored to you, to ensure you have the best educational experience and fully engage with the world around you.

The following topics will be delivered to students using a holistic approach.

  • Being Me
  • Being Connected
  • Being Safe
  • Getting the right support
  • Relationships and Friendships
  • Being Healthy, both physically and mentally
  • Team Working
  • Communication
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Getting to know the community

The programme can enable progression into further learning, independent living or supported employment/volunteering through a diverse range of practical skills and learning opportunities. Some students have a combined individual programme studying at Entry 1 and Entry 2.

Dedicated time is given to ensuring that essential topics are covered including:

  • Being a British Citizen/United values
  • Keeping safe
  • Personal and Social Development
  • Maths and English

There are no specific entry requirements although some experience of taking part in a College transition is encouraged. An interview to assess suitability is essential.

This is a course for young adults (up to the age of 25) with learning difficulties or disabilities and who may have an Education Health Care Plan.

There is no formal assessment on this course. Students will work towards meeting personal and EHCP targets which will be reviewed each term.

There will be opportunities for experience of work. Our students work in partnership with the National Citizens Service (NCS) programme which helps to develop key employment skills and behaviours needed for progression to work.

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to further study or employment. The course will help to build up confidence in independence, and can lead students to live rewarding and fulfilled lives.

Fees: If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees. If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service ay any time.