Sensory Learning





Awarding Body




About the course

For students under 25 that have profound and complex learning difficulties, the Sensory Learning programme aims to help young people to move from life at school into the adult world. It is offered as a series of half-day and whole-day sessions, which may be combined to make up either a full-time course (3 days per week) or part-time course based at South Bristol Skills Academy. The course aims to enable and encourage students to respond and communicate with those around them by developing communication skills, making choices and expressing themselves creatively through taking part in group activities. The course will also aim for the students to engage in a variety of sensory experiences.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. All you need is to attend a meeting to make sure that the course is right for you and that your support needs can be met before being offered a place. If you are aged 19-24 you need to have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in order to continue accessing free education.

What will I do on this course?

The half day subjects including some of the following:

  • Sensory Story
  • Sensory Gardening
  • Communication Skills
  • Art and Craft
  • Music and Movement
  • Sensory Cookery
Who is it for?

Young adults (16-24) including school leavers, who have profound learning difficulties and may have complex support needs. Most students will need very specific support in order to take part in learning activities at college.

How to apply

To find out more contact:

Sarah Shorter 0117 312 2041

Liz Hynam 0117 312 2028

or email

How Is this course assessed?

There is no formal assessment on this course. Students achieve through an individual learning plan, and progress towards their goals is continually assessed. Your work will be moderated through the RARPA quality assurance process, and you will get a college certificate at the end of the course.

What could I do next?

You could progress to:

  • Other college courses including Progression Into Independence course
  • Supported living
Additional cost

You will be asked to contribute a materials fee for each half day you attend.


You will need an interview for this course with a tutor and also a representative from the Learner Support Team.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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