Life Skills

Life Skills is spread over two, two year course for young people who need to remain in education to develop skills for adult life. Students will work within their ability to become as independent as possible in everyday tasks and in accessing community facilities.

The Life Skills course consists of a core curriculum delivered two days per week, and the life skills programme delivered two days per week, for a total of four days attendance. Applicants may wish to add an enrichment day to their programme.

Core Curriculum

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • IT
  • Social Skills

Life Skills

  • Local travel
  • Accessing the community
  • Accessing leisure facilities
  • Cooking
  • Household tasks
  • Vocational tasters (where appropriate)

Students’ therapy needs as indicated in their EHCP will be delivered across the course.

Entry Criteria
  • Demonstrable progress during the applicant’s previous key stage/phase (usually 1 level)
  • Applicants will not be living independently before applying
  • Applicants will be able to maintain an attendance rate of >90%
  • Applicants should not have previously attended a very similar course at another college before attending Great Oaks, not should they already have the qualifications offered on our courses
  • NOCN Entry Level Certificate/Diploma in Independent Living
  • NOCN Functional Skills L1 & 2 qualification in literacy, numeracy and IT (if appropriate)
Next Steps
  • A local college course
  • Independent Living Skills course at Great Oaks College (from 2020)
  • Vocational Programme at Great Oaks
  • Supported living

Year 1 - 2

Year 1/2 certificates in Living in the community and Looking after yourself and your home

Looking after yourself and your home

Household cleaning
Looking after your clothes
Kitchen Hygiene
Personal Care and Hygiene
Basic Cooking Techniques
Living in the community
Using public transport
Outdoor pursuits
Eating out
Accessing Leisure Services
Gardening for Pleasure

Year 3 - 4

Year 3 - 4 Diploma in independent living

  • Accessing Helping Services
  • Making Choices
  • Choosing Clothing and Footwear
  • Hobbies
  • Participation in team activities
  • Understanding Relationships
  • Household shopping
  • Every day food a drink preparation
  • Working as a volunteer