Courses for students
with learning difficulties
SEND Centre for Excellence
All you need to know about course dates and times
The aim of the programme is to support learners with moderate learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties and/ or social emotional and mental health difficulties, to progress into employment, higher level courses and/or independent living.
We will work with learners to help them recognise and value their strengths, while developing a vocational focus in preparation for further education, employment or training.
We help learners to take responsibility for what they do in order to achieve greater independence in adult life, future employment and progression to other courses.
Transferable skills, such as problem solving, resilience, communication and working as part of a team, are also a major part of the Extension Studies programme.
Every learner has a personal tutor who supports and guides them throughout their time on the programme and in achieving their aspirations.
No two timetables are the same.
Bespoke study programmes give learners opportunities to try different vocational areas to find out what they are most interested in and are most suited to, these include:
- Animal care
- Creative design
- Hair and beauty
- Health and social care
- The green team
- Independent cooking
- Motor vehicle
- Performing arts
- Team building
All learners also study maths and English. Learners have access to staff who are experienced and specialist in working with young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, as well as moderate and/or specific learning difficulties.
“I have really enjoyed being on Extension Studies and have made lots of new friends”
“I was worried about coming to course because I’d been out of school for a long time, but I made friends straight away”
“My work experience really helped me know what skills I need to get into work”
“The Extension Studies course and the team who support it are a great support to both my daughter and myself”
“Kyle’s first year was very inspiring, he was happy and eager to learn all you have to offer”
“Staff have been amazing, he has grown in confidence which has enabled him to take part in state education for the first time in eight years, this would not have been possible without the support he has received”
No formal entry requirements are needed within Foundation learning. All learner’s are considered on an individual basis and matched to a course that is best placed to meet their needs and support their outcomes and move them towards their aspirations.