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The Key Stage 5 curriculum for students in the College is an inspiring, enriching and evolving model which develops independent enquirers, creative thinkers, team workers, self-managers, effective participators and reflective learners.

It is based on learning in Functional Skills (English, Maths, ICT) and Learning for Living (Vocational studies, Proactive Lifestyle, Working Lifestyle, Personal and Social Lifestyle and Independent Living). This learning will be based on each individuals chosen pathway and lead to a healthy, fulfilling and well balanced lifestyle for each individual.

Each student will be supported in choosing their own exciting, real and relevant pathways through these areas to achieve their individual destination.

Their pathway will be shown in their STUDY PROGRAMME. There will be a shift in emphasis for individuals dependent upon their needs and aspirations, as identified by their destination, but all students will learn relevant skills in the Learning for Living Areas.

The curriculum is designed to be flexible and meet the needs and interests of a diverse group of learners aged 16 –19. It is appropriate and current/topical for teenagers and takes in to account personal interests and ideas. The curriculum is designed to inspire learners and teachers, enabling students to take well managed risks in their learning and teachers to be innovative in their teaching.


Functional Skill Learning


Functional English
There are 3 components to this area which are:  Speaking and listening, Reading – reading and understanding information and instructions, writing – writing accurately so that meaning is clear. Students will be accredited through ASDAN at Entry 1 and through AQA at Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.


Functional Maths
There are 3 components to this area which are:  Representing – making sense of a situation and representing it mathematically, Analysing – processing and using maths, Interpreting – interpreting and communicating the results of analysis.  Students will be accredited through ASDAN at Entry 1 and through AQA at Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.


Functional ICT
There are 3 components to this area which are Using ICT – interact with ICT for a given purpose and follow recommended safe practices, Finding and selecting information and Developing – find given information from an ICT based source, presenting and communicating information – enter and edit single items of information and use ICT based communication.


Learning for Living
Practical skills developed in English, Maths and ICT will be practiced and targeted across all areas of the curriculum. They are learning tools that enable students to:

  •     apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life
  •     engage competently and confidently with others
  •     solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
  •     develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society.

Vocational Studies
This area of work is to enable students to make informed choices about what they would like to do in the future and enrich their areas of interest. An offering of catering, horticulture and animal care allows students to experience and learn about these vocations, developing skills and knowledge required for a particular job function or a trade.
Accreditation will be through AQA and ASDAN.


Proactive Lifestyle
This enriching area will encourage and enable students to make choices and decisions about activities for leisure and recreation. It includes physical and sporting activities as well as more creative, therapeutic and aesthetically enriching activities. Students will be accredited through ASDAN and Bronze ARTs AWARD.


Working Lifestyle
Students will practice and improve their communication and social skills within the working environment through a range of Work Experience opportunities. In year 12 they will have 6 week blocks in supported employment with Basics, take part in enterprise activities and run pop up cafes, in year 13 they will have 6 week blocks in Scarborough hospital through Project Choice, take part in enterprise activities and have taster sessions in different jobs of their choice and in year 14 they will spend a year in independent placements of their choice where appropriate. They will be supported through Careers Education and Guidance, taking their Employability award in ASDAN and with NYBEP.


Personal and Social Lifestyle
They will learn about their changing feelings, bodies and relationships. Students will learn about their roles in the home, school and community as active citizens. They will learn about their own and other cultures and beliefs through Religious Education.

Accreditation will be through ASDAN.

With the 4 night residential provision our students are afforded the opportunity to work with their peers on:


Social development and interaction
Students will be supported to develop their awareness and management of their personal and social needs. They will learn to manage their feelings, look after their own personal needs, develop appropriate relationships, and learn to stay safe around others and on the internet, plan social opportunities for themselves and their peers, manage a budget and work together as a team.

They will be accredited through ASDAN.


Independent Living
Students will learn to become increasingly independent within the residential setting of the college through the experience and use a range of home management skills. They will experience and learn about budgeting, shopping, planning and preparing a healthy diet, looking after and caring for their own clothes and bedding, taking care of their own living space.

They will be accredited through ASDAN.

Further detail about this provision is within the College Unit Brochure.

Click Here for more information about learning objectives for College students in the residential setting.

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