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

Entry Criteria

The course is open to students who already have basic practical skills and wish to build on them in order to be as independent as possible in the future, as well as students who wish to consolidate their practical skills before pursuing a vocational programme. Students must hold a freedom pass or be willing to apply for one.


At least one day per week out in the local

At least one day per week taking part in practical household tasks

At least one day per week of small group tutorials

Access to small group and individual volunteering placements or vocational tasters placements or vocational tasters

One day per week of enrichment activities


OCR Life and Living Skills Entry Level Certificate or Extended Certificate

NOCN Functional Skills Entry Level Mathematics and English qualifications


Vocational Pathway at Great Oaks College

A local college course

Supported living

Voluntary Work

Community activities