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17+ Project LIFE (Learning for Independence and Future Employment)

Course Code:
Mid Devon Campus
One year

The aim of this course is to give students the knowledge and confidence to transition out of education and into the world of employment, gaining skills through a range of practical learning. Students will gain vocational qualifications and will work with a local employer to complete an external work experience placement.

You will receive recognised qualifications and classroom support.


This is an Entry Level course for students aged 16 - 19 years who have an identified learning disability and who would like to progress to employment and/or volunteering in their own community. Areas of study include:

- Individualised work based experience with local employers
- Community team project - identifying and negotiating a team project, planning the project, carrying out the project, and reviewing the outcome
- Enterprise activities - develop and manage an enterprise, producing a product/delivering a service, record keeping, team working and communication skills
- Vocational element - retail, catering and hospitality, gardening, woodwork with embedded IT, English and Maths skills
- Practical marketing and IT

This course is currently funded for those aged 17- 24 with an EHCP.

Partnership with a variety of employers will ensure students have opportunities to experience appropriate work that may be identified through exploring their skills, strengths and vocational profiling.
Students will be continually assessed through a range of practical activities completing workbooks to provide evidence.
There are no end exams.
For all learners joining Entry Level Study Programmes, there are no formal entry requirements. Learners on these programmes will study English and Maths at an appropriate level to suit their ability. Students will have a one-to-one interview to discuss their personal learning needs.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however an informal interview is essential.
Upon completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress to the Project LIFE internship course and ultimately to employment.

There may be the opportunity to take part in our apprenticeship programme; please contact us for further information.
You will experience small group teaching within a supported environment, in a dedicated area within the main campus building.

A wide range of practical facilities are available to students, including the catering kitchen and café with a kitchen and a sensory garden.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 for more information.
Q: How many days will I be in college?
A: Three days a week

Q: Will I have a chance to study in a vocational area?
A: Yes it is possible to link and gain qualifications in a vocational area for specific training.

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17+ Project LIFE (Learning for Independence and Future Employment)
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