Our Supported Learning courses have been specially developed for you if you have a learning difficulty, disability, or if you took a Supported Learning Link Course in your last year at school.
The aim of the Supported Learning courses is to provide individuals with educational opportunities and challenges that will enable them to fulfil their potential and develop skills for living and work.
Each programme is individually-tailored to your needs, and provides educational opportunities and challenges that will enable you to fulfil your potential and develop skills for living and working in the real world.
Courses are run at Booth Lane and Daventry. For more information on Supported Learning courses please call 01604 734 113 for courses at Northampton, or 01604 736 357 for courses at Daventry.
As well as the main academic programme, you'll also be expected to take part in the College Enrichment Programme, which offers a wide range of activities such as sign language, sports, drumming, driving test theory and many more.
For more information please see our Enrichment area.
Christopher’s social skills and confidence has improved so much since he started at college on the Next Steps course and he is now pursuing his dream to study IT, eventually to degree level!
“I liked the sound of the Next Steps course and saw it as a stepping stone to move on to other courses. I was not very confident when I first started at college and I certainly never thought about going to university but now anything seems possible.
“My course teacher was absolutely brilliant and has helped me so much. Because of him I knew I had the support I needed to progress. He helped me improve my reading, writing and Maths skills and taught us how to write our CVs amongst many other things. The course really does get students ready for further programmes or employment and that is really good. As part of the programme I also got to volunteer at Irchester Country Park where I had to carry out general park attendant duties. Again this gave me more confidence and I started believing in myself.
“After a year on the Next Steps course I felt ready to move on to the Level 1 Diploma in IT. I have always been interested in computing and I was so pleased to be able to study the subject at college. I have since passed my IT course and I am now moving up to the BTEC First programme. After that I am thinking about going to university which is something I had never seriously considered. I still keep in touch with my Next Steps course teacher and know where to go if I need help or advice. I would recommend Next Steps to anyone who needs a bit of help moving on.”
During your time at College, you'll be assigned a personal tutor, who will be responsible for monitoring your academic progress. You'll attend a tutorial meeting every week and part of this time will be allocated to group activities, such as recognising your best learning style, study skills, revision skills, careers education, financial matters and much more. The other part will be dedicated to an individual progress review, enabling your tutor to make sure you're on track to get the best grades possible.