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PROSPECTUS

You can download a digital copy of our 2021-22 Supported Studies prospectus which gives an insight into college life and an overview of the curriculum department. Full details of each course are available above.

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What does Supported studies provide?

Supported studies is for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, aged 16-24, who require discrete special educational needs (SEND) provision and additional support. Though we offer a diverse range of discrete courses, they all have in common a focus on helping you become more confident, independent and able to progress onto higher-level courses or into work. To access a supported studies course, you’re likely to have an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) and would usually be referred to us by your school or Youth Connexions (YC).

We aim to prepare students for adulthood by equipping them with a range of independent living and employability skills in order to access supported and open employment. Our dedicated, specialist staff tailor our extensive curriculum offer to meet each learner’s individual needs.

After completing a supported studies course, you’ll be able to progress to a higher-level supported studies course, a vocational course at NHC, a community-based programme, employment or a Supported Internship.

 

We're Outstanding!

In their November 2017 inspection report, Ofsted confirmed that our supported studies students benefit from Outstanding provision from NHC meaning a very high proportion of our supported studies students excel and gain highly effective independent living skills.

Ofsted said: “Leaders, managers and teachers ensure that each element of a learner’s programme meets their often individual, diverse and complex requirements. Most learners make excellent progress towards realising their independence and achievement of relevant qualifications and skills.”

Among the many highlights, the Ofsted report confirmed that our supported studies students benefit from well-planned and meaningful work experience, our courses help our students gain confidence in every day, real-life situations within their local community and in the workplace plus our incredible supported studies tutors help our students gain confidence and tailor courses to meet each student’s individual, diverse and often complex needs.

Our Courses

Independent living skills

  • Aspire +: The Aspire+ course is about developing basic skills for independent living or supported employment. Aspire is for young people (aged 16-24) with severe learning difficulties, working at entry level 1, who aspire to develop greater levels of independence and employability skills in a college environment.
  • North East Transition: The N.E.T. course is about developing the skills to make a successful transition from school to college. N.E.T. is for young people (aged 16-19) with moderate learning difficulties, working at entry-level 1 and 2.  The full-time N.E.T. course is delivered in a self-contained space of the Stevenage Campus.

Employability

  • Pathways: The Pathways course is about developing independent living, employability and functional skills. This full-time course is for young people (aged 16-24) with moderate learning difficulties, working at entry level 2, who have recently left school or progressed from another supported studies course.
  • Work Progression: The Work Progressions course is about developing independent learning, functional and employability skills for progression. This full-time course is for young people (aged 16-24) with moderate learning difficulties, working at entry-level 3.

Vocational

  • Art and Creative: The aim of the Art and Creative course is to prepare students for a higher level vocational course in this area or to access supported and open employment in the future. This full-time course is for young people (aged 16-24) with moderate learning difficulties, working at entry-level 3.
  • Business Administration: The aim of the Sport course is to prepare students for a higher level vocational course in this area or to access supported and open employment in the future. This full-time course is for young people (aged 16-24) with moderate learning difficulties, working at entry-level 3.
  • Equine, Animal Care, Conservation and Horticulture (E.A.C.H): The aim of the E.A.C.H. course is to prepare students for a higher level vocational course in these areas or to access supported and open employment in the future. This full-time course is for young people (aged 16-24) with moderate learning difficulties, working at entry-level 3.
  • Retail: The aim of the Retail course is to prepare students for a higher level vocational course in this area or to access supported and open employment in the future. This full-time course is for young people (aged 16-24) with moderate learning difficulties, working at entry-level 3.
  • Sport: The aim of the Sport course is to prepare students for a higher level vocational course in this area or to access supported and open employment in the future. This full-time course is for young people (aged 16-24) with moderate learning difficulties, working at entry-level 3.
  • Multi-skills: This course prepares students for an entry-level vocational course at the Engineering and Construction Campus or to access supported and open employment in the future. It is a full-time course for young people (aged 16-24) with moderate learning difficulties, working at entry-level.
  • Supported Internship: Supported internships are not qualification based; an internship will focus on you becoming work-ready wherever possible. We seek agreement from any employer that we engage with. You must be ready to gain real work skills or have the aspiration to gain paid employment. You should also be committed to attending at least 90% of the course and have demonstrated excellent punctuality in a previous course.

How To Apply

If you decide you would like to join a supported studies course, you would usually be referred to us by your school or YC (Youth Connexions). Please call us on 01462 424242 and ask for the supported studies department or fill in our online enquiry form here.

Once you’ve been referred to us, you and your parents or carers will be invited to visit our Stevenage Campus to take a look around and have a chat with us. We’ll always make sure that we place you on an appropriate and relevant course. For that reason, we’ll invite you to join a taster day, where you’ll get to sample one or more of our courses, meet other members of the team and current students.

When we’ve agreed on the best course for you, we’ll work with you, your parents or carers and YC to complete your application form. After you’ve made your application, you may be invited to join additional taster days so that you can get used to coming to College before starting your full-time course in September.

Your referral to Springboard can be made via Youth Connexions (YC), any other agency involved with you or by your parents or carers. To join Springboard, you’ll need a successful funding application from your local authority.

Awards

We have been shortlisted for the prestigious Tes Specialist Provider of the year award 2020. Read more.

For three years running, we have been awarded commended status for the RCU Beacon Award for Support for Students in 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Hertfordshire Local Offer

Hertfordshire County Council have put together a local offer containing information and resources for people with special educational needs and disabilities in Hertfordshire. Please click here to find it.

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How should I choose which course is best for me?

We’re here to help you choose the right course for you. Before making any big decisions, you’ll be invited to visit our campuses, join taster days, meet our staff and other students.

We’ll also work really closely with parents or carers, and your educational provider, to make sure that you enrol on the course that’ll best work for your particular needs and circumstances. YC Hertfordshire will also support you.

“Our daughter has really enjoyed her course, she always talks about her fantastic tutors who have made education a fun and exciting experience. The supported studies team have supported us all year and have remained in excellent contact with us throughout.”

Parent of supported studies student