At Warrington and Vale Royal College every learner is put first and we truly believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to raise expectations within themselves.
Personal and Social Development will support and encourage you to gain confidence, independence, communication and social skills alongside a wide range of subjects areas that are current and relevant to support you to develop.
This course provides further education for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and behavioural/emotional problems who are leaving school. It may even be that you require a 'gentler' introduction into college life and would benefit from a quieter environment to gain the required entry standards before accessing a full time vocational course. .
Do you think you need extra time and support to develop the right skills for college and to find an area that you are interested in? If you have answered 'YES' then this is the course for you!
The course is varied and exciting and is delivered across a range of venues to broaden your experiences of further education, you are fully supported during your learning journey from beginning to end.
The course duration can be anything from 1 year to 3 years.
Alongside your Pathway modules you will complete a variety of core units that are designed to develop confidence, employability skills and prepare you for progression onto a 2nd year Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2 course. Units will be chosen to suit each group of learners and are changed throughout the year to suit individual and group needs. The units combine together to form a qualification in Skills for employment, Training and Personal Development. For our Winsford learners these units will be delivered at the Novel Bite Café.
Maths and English will form a part of your programme of study. At the start of the year you will have an assessment in English and Maths and this will be used to determine whether you will sit GCSE or an alternative Maths and English qualification.
You will be assessed through practical and written assessments, witness and observation reports as well as portfolio work. You may be required to sit an examination in Maths and English. Support needs are taken into account to ensure you have the right level and type of support to enable you to achieve your potential.
The majority of our students go on to study on a second year at E3 or Level 1 programmes, however, just because this an Entry level course it doesn't mean you have to do level 1, some learner skip a stage and are accepted on to Level 2! Supported Internships are a popular progression route for PSD students and we are happy to discuss this option with you.
We have guest speakers from industry throughout the year and you will take part in work place visits to a variety of employers and working environments from construction to retail, entertainment to hospitality and catering.
Work experience is a key part of your programme of study and you will be given help and guidance in finding the right placement for you. Engaging with employers will give you a valuable insight into the world of work and develop your employability skills.
Winsford learners will undertake work placement at the Novel Bite Cafe. There will be opportunity for you to source a further placement to enhance your work placement experience. Staff are on hand to help facilitate this.
You will be allocated a Progress Coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and onto your chosen career or progression path.
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
There are many providers who offer 'similar' courses, but what they can't offer is the opportunity for you to 'try out' vocational areas to find something that you enjoy and more importantly, something that you are 'great' at! Each week you will attend a Pathway in one of the following:
All our tutors have a wealth of experience and are passionate about their subject and they want to share this with you so that you can reach your full potential.
All learners have an individualised learning plan to ensure that the programme meets your individual needs. This is a mixed course with Entry Level and Level 1 learners.
Studying at Winsford:
What makes this course unique is that one day a week you will help to run a working café, alongside working you will cover a variety of unit based topics with your teacher. The café offers a wealth of opportunities for you to grow and develop your confidence and employability skills in a real life working environment.
If you have chosen a pathway that is delivered at Warrington campus transport to and from the Warrington Campus is via a minibus (for your class only) or via the college bus service.
Uniforms and/or safety equipment may be required for some of the Pathway courses. For students that are eligible there is financial support available to help you with these costs. Once you have chosen your Pathway option you will then be able to explore financial support if additional uniform or equipment is needed.
If there are any costs attached to trips and visits you will be given notice and all costs are kept to a minimum to ensure all learners can participate. Help is available if learners are in receipt of a bursary.
Café uniform consists of black trousers/leggings/jeans, plain black t-shirt and flat, comfortable black shoes or black trainers.