Vocational Programme

The Vocational 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 Entry Level 3 – Level 2/3.

Vocational Study Programme Leaflet


shakilaI have been at college for one year. I think it is fantastic. I like learning new skills, especially when I’m cooking. There are lots of new people to meet. The staff helped me to make new friends. Shakila, Current Student

Students will be assessed as needing a challenging specialist further education programme with a focus on independence, vocational and employability skills. Students’ likely transition will be supported tenancy, access to further education courses and part time work with a supportive employer or supported employment.

The Vocational Pathway programme is located at the Station Road campus, and includes 2 days of practical vocational training in a chosen area, Business Admin, Catering or Practical Skills.

Working in small groups with support from specialist Learning Support Assistants you will take part in our vocational offer that prepares you for the world of work by training in real and practical work environments. Your programme will be supported by the Hedleys College specialists and interdisciplinary team. You may need support to manage your medical and / or behavioural needs.

Hedleys College has an active student involvement strategy. Students can join the Student Council and take on representation at key meetings and activities. This can involve volunteering for staff recruitment, visitor tour guides and Buddy support to other students.

Learning sessions will be:

    • Functional Skills (Literacy, Numeracy and ICT)
    • Independence and mobility sessions
    • Enterprise activities in real and practical skills
    • Vocational pathway training in Business Administration, Catering and Retail and Horticulture and Crafts including work experience related to chosen pathway
    • Sports, fitness and leisure activities
    • Work related Health and Safety
    • Personal Social Development