Life and Living Pathway Great Oaks College

The Life and Living Pathway offers two courses for students who need to develop practical skills in order to be as independent as possible, and who may also be working towards accessing community groups, transitioning into supported living or volunteering in life after learning.

Across both courses, our practical and community-based learning is complimented by small group tutorials across English, Maths, ICT and PSHEC, in which students will develop their functional literacy and numeracy skills, communication skills, digital skills and understanding of the world around them. Stduents also access specialist programs such as Lego Therapy, Attention Autism, Keyboarding Without Tears and SOSAFE as appropriate.

Our purpose-designed rooms provide a structured, meaningful learning environment in which students can develop their skills in line with EHCP and therapy outcomes. Access to a wide range of community facilities and volunteering links with local organisations enables students to generalise these skills across settings. Students can develop their social interaction and self-regulation skills within our outdoor area, which is fitted with gym equipment in addition to a group seating area, swings, trampoline and accessible roundabout.


  • Independence flats with lounge area, office space, dining area, fitted kitchenette, height-adjustable  work surfaces and separate cooking station or height adjustable hob.
  • Tutorial rooms
  • Laundry area
  • Outdoor area
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Life Skills Course (Two Years)

Students on our Life Skills Course learn the basic skills involved in preparing drinks, snacks and simple meals, using amenities in the local area and accessing activities in the community. All students will also have the opportunity to take part in group volunteering projects.

Independent Living Course (Two Years)

Students on the Independent Living Course will develop continue to develop their skills in household tasks such as shopping, laundry and recycling, as well as their understanding in areas such as food hygiene and keeping safe in the community. All students will have the opportunity to access either a tailored individual volunteering placements or a vocational taster placement