Independence and Skills

The Independence and Skills Programme

is a college course for young people aged 16 – 25 years with complex learning needs and multiple disabilities (physical, medical and / or sensory needs). Students will be assessed as working at Qualification and Curriculum Framework Level 7 – Entry Level 1.

Independence and Skills Study Programme Leaflet

Emma Bailey

I started college in 2015. Technology in college is really good. I use a Vantage Light to help me talk, the staff are good at helping me with it. The people in college are good. I have lots of friends in college. My favourite subject is English, the work is exciting.

Emma, Current Student

Students will be assessed as needing a broad and balanced curriculum with a good level of support. The focus will be on independence developed through real practical activities and the development of vocational and community skills. Students’ likely transition will be supported independent living, further education, training, a personalised package of day services and voluntary work.

The Independence and Skills programme is located at the Station Road campus.

Working in small groups with support from specialist Learning Support Assistants you will take part in the independence offer to meet your particular needs. This will include support from specialists and therapists from our Hedleys College interdisciplinary team. You may need support to manage your medical and / or behavioural needs.


Learning sessions will be:

  • Communication, ICT and Functional Skills (Literacy and Numeracy)
  • Independence and mobility sessions
  • Enterprise projects to incorporate creative activities
  • Community participation sessions
  • Food skills
  • Fitness and Leisure skills
  • Transition sessions and internal work experience
  • Personal Social Development

Hedleys College has an active student involvement strategy. Students can join the Student Council and take on additional responsibilities to represent the college at regular conferences and open days.