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Functional Skill Learning

Welburn Hall College Department – Curriculum Overview

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

Designed to be responsive and flexible to meet the needs, interests and aspirations of a diverse group of learners aged 16 –19, the curriculum is age appropriate and reflects current and topical issues.

Developing functional skills in literacy and numeracy complements vocational studies to enable students to take their place in society and to be active participants in their community leading a healthy, fulfilling and well balanced lifestyle.

Students are encouraged to be active participants in the design of their curriculum pathway to support onward progression.


Functional English.

There are 3 components to this area which are:

Speaking and listening – communicating effectively in a range of situations

Reading – reading and understanding information and instructions

Writing – writing accurately so that meaning is clear.

Students will be accredited through ASDAN at Pre Entry 1 and through OCR at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3 and Level 1.


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 Pre Entry 1 and through OCR at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3 and Level 1.


Developing skills in English, Maths and ICT will be practiced across all areas of the curriculum as they are essential skills 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

Courses include digital employability, catering, horticulture, construction and animal care, the majority of which are accessed at local FE colleges. Designed to offer an insight in to each and to inform future progression pathways, accreditation is gained through City and Guilds, AQA unit awards and ASDAN Personal Progress.


Developing a healthy lifestyle

Enriching activities encourage and enable students to make informed choices about leisure and recreational pursuits. It includes physical and sporting activities as well as more creative, therapeutic and aesthetically enriching activities. Students will be accredited through ASDAN short courses, BTEC and Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Working Experience

Students will develop their understanding of the working environment through a range of work experience opportunities.

In year 12 they will have 6 week extended experience in supported employment with Basics, take part in enterprise activities and run pop up cafes.

In year 13 they will have 6 week extended experience in varying work settings with reduced support where appropriate, they will take part in enterprise activities and have taster sessions in different career opportunities to support their intended pathway.

In year 14 some students will progress to a yearlong placement one day a week in a relevant work setting.

All students be supported throughout by an Independent Careers Education and Guidance and gain an award in Employability through ASDAN.


Personal and Social Lifestyle

Students will be supported to develop their awareness and management of their personal and social needs.

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.

Accreditation will be AQA Award or Certificate in Personal Social Education.







Students are actively supported with finances both in Maths, during Social Skill lessons and as part of their waking hours curriculum. Learning to spend money wisely and budget for bigger events whilst being encouraged to save for their futures. They will learn about where their money comes from and how to apply for it in the future. Life skills in the residential setting and during education are monitored through pupil asset tracker and accredited through ASDAN PSD and Personal Progress. Add to college learning objective drop down

Online safety is given priority with students taught how to keep themselves safe whilst using the internet and social media. College students complete the Digital Safety Ambassadors and mentor younger students.


Independent Living

Students will learn to become increasingly independent within the residential setting of the college developing a range of home management skills such as  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.


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