Course Overview

The Skills for Independence pathway offers a bespoke programme of study for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who are working towards Entry Level 1/2 qualifications.

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.

This course is suitable for young people aged 16 - 25 with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

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.

Course Structure

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.

All learning will be tailored to you, to ensure you have the best educational experience and fully engage with the world around you!

Maths and English is delivered as part of the main programme of study. 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

They also study preparation for living independently/supported and for their next steps such as cooking, cleaning and making informed choices. The development of soft skills is actively encouraged and developed through a variety of enrichment activities.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements.

This is a course for young adults (up to the age of 25) with learning difficulties or disabilities to develop their skills for independence and support progression into adulthood.


Skills You Will Develop

  • Communication
  • Reading and Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Skills for Independence
  • Skills for employment/next steps
  • Personal and social development
  • Confidence building.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Email: [email protected].