Supported Learning

Summary of course

ACE is a transitional year designed to develop your social skills and work skills, preparing you for independent living and it covers a broad range of subjects. You will study English, Mathematics and ICT, work-related skills and Independent Living Skills.

You will be taught in small groups and you will be set targets to achieve. Both your targets and your progress will be monitored regularly in tutorial sessions. We will assess your individual needs at your initial interview, and if necessary, will arrange additional support to help you achieve your learning goals.

What will I study?

Whilst this is not a unit-based qualification, your learning and progress will be measured against individual personal targets at regular points in the year.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is continuous and progress is recorded in the student's Individual Learning Plan. You will also be encouraged to work with others, and improve your own learning and performance.

There are tests and external assessments for the Entry Level qualification.

Your Study Programme

We will assess your individual needs at your initial interview, and if necessary, will arrange additional support to help you achieve your learning goals.

Who is this course for?

This is a full-time transition course designed for students who need a highly-supportive environment in which to learn.

Progression and Career Opportunities

On successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to either Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 Supported Learning courses, or on to The Foundation Studies Programme, work-based training or employment.

Entry Requirements for new students

You must already be at Level P5 or above before joining. You must be willing to take part in new learning opportunities and to improve your literacy, numeracy and social skills. You should also be committed to furthering your education.

Interview Requirements

Once you've submitted your application online, you will need to attend a course interview.

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, all interviews will take place by telephone so, you'll receive a call from one of our teachers.

We have asked them to call you within 1-3 weeks and they will usually make the calls after school hours.

This call will take between 5 and 10 minutes, the teacher will give you information about the course and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. It's probably worth making a note of these beforehand so you don't miss out on something important.

It's nothing you need to worry about. Our teachers just want to hear that you're ready to take the next step in your studies and are making the right choice. Before your course interview you must send us your Education, Health and Care Plan, if you have one, or details of your support needs plus your latest School report.

After the course interview, we'll send you a conditional offer by email or provide alternative advice.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There are also full day visits to various locations, at least two times a year:

  • Day trips: £20.00 - £40.00 Some bursary funding may be available. Contact our Student Services team on 01604 734066 for more information.

Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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