Progression Into Independence





Awarding Body




About the course

The Progression Into Independence course is a full time (four days a week) programme of study for students working at Pre-Entry and Entry Level. It is offered at both Ashley Down Centre and South Bristol Skills Academy. Our current second year students are currently at College Green Centre and The Brislington Centre (Independence Training Facility). The course supports learners’ progress towards adult life, independent living and work skills by offering real, hands-on experience in residential and work environments.

This course introduces students to a variety of subjects including IT, retail, horticulture, art and cookery skills. Students will be supported to gain confidence and basic skills which will help them towards the world of work and independence. Students will also have an opportunity to complete a work placement.

Teaching and learning will take place at college, in the community and at our independence training facility in Brislington, Bristol. Learners will be encouraged to practise their emerging skills. Tutors, support and learning coaches work with students and families to make sure students are supported and challenged.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. You will have an interview where you can show us some work you are proud of. We will talk about the course and discuss what help you need. Taster days can be arranged after meeting with staff. If you are aged 19-24 you need to have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) saying what you are working towards at college and what support you will need.

What will I do on this course?

Core Learning:

  • English – with an emphasis on speaking and listening
  • Maths - money / banking / time
  • IT skills
  • Personal presentation and hygiene
  • Basic cooking
  • Working as part of a team
  • Planning and making a journey using public transport
  • Work place safety
  • Behaviour for work
  • Students will have an opportunity to complete a work placement


Extra-Curricular Activities (as opportunities arise):

  • Drama
  • Choir
  • Sport
  • Sailability-RYA’s national programme enabling people with disabilities to try sailing
  • Forest school
Who is it for?

You will normally be a school leaver (16-24) who has been in a special school, or have been supported in mainstream education.

How to apply

For further information:

Call: Diana Stewart 0117 312 5348 


How Is this course assessed?

You will set goals with your Personal Tutor and discuss your progress at least twice a year. You will be assessed in a number of ways: Photographs of your work and achievements, Videos of you working on your own and in teams, Folders of the work you do on the course.

What could I do next?
  •         Students may be offered an extension year, to consolidate aspects of their learning
  •         Pre-Supported Internship
  •         Supported Internship
  •         Further college course in area of interest, for example: Animal Care, Catering, IT
  •         Supported employment
Additional cost

At the beginning of the course you will be asked to pay for:

Enrichment fee for educational visits



You will need an interview for this course



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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