Supported Learning

We welcome learners with moderate, severe, and profound learning difficulties or disabilities on a range of well-established specialist courses. Our well-supported classes have a maximum of 10 students and some of our Learning for Living groups only have four or five students with allocated one to one support. The additional support we provide enables students to achieve their goals and aspirations both educationally and socially, as well as have opportunities to be fully involved in decisions about their lives. Teaching and Learning support staff have a wealth of specialist knowledge and are all committed to ensuring our students are at the centre of what we do

Our specialist courses are hosted at our Maida Vale Campus which offers facilities and opportunities for our students, including a multi-sensory room, accessible personal care rooms, two specialist classrooms with ceiling tracker hoists and state of the art kitchens. 

We share our campus with one curriculum area of mainstream students which provides our students with opportunities to mix and become part of College’s diverse learning community. 

The College offers a communicative, enriched, positive, safe, consistent, motivating and enabling environment, where all students can learn and thrive. Great emphasis is placed on students developing skills needed for independence and active participation in the community. Our students access a variety of facilities in the local community, enabling them to consolidate and extend learning in real life contexts. This helps to increase the students’ confidence and skills in a range of everyday living skills, offering age-appropriate motivational learning experiences and positively progress towards adulthood. 

Students on our Learning for Life and Work, Skills for Work and Pre-Supported Internship courses have access to our supported employment coordinator, who assists in finding students relevant work experience placements, volunteering opportunities and oversees the college’s innovation award winning mini job scheme. The mini job scheme provides students with the opportunity to research ring fenced jobs, complete an application, attend an interview, and undergo the college’s recruitment process in order to achieve a fixed term contract and gain paid work as a college employee. 

In order to access one of our specialist courses you must be between 16 and 24 and will be required to have an Education, Health & Care Plan. This is something that you will need to speak to your current school SENCO and local education authority about. We are happy to liaise with your SaLT, OT, Physiotherapist, teachers and other professionals and will be consulted by the local authority to ensure we can meet all your needs. 

If you feel that these courses are right for you, we would be very pleased to arrange a visit, show you around our new campus and talk to you about the assessment process and the provision we offer.

If you are interested please email us at If you prefer to call us, you can speak to Natasha our EHC Coordinator, Gemma our Curriculum Manager on 020 7258 2802 or Phil our Head of Department on 020 7258 2825.

The Supported Learning Department is based at the Maida Vale campus and is divided into three main strands of learning:

1. Complex Needs Hub (Pre-Entry level)

Our hub courses are for young adults with Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities, it provides a sensory curriculum tailored to enhance their communication abilities through intensive interaction. Additionally, we facilitate their participation in physiotherapy programs and ensure daily access to the local community for sensory walks, promoting multi-sensory learning both indoors and outdoors.

2. Independent Living (Pre-Entry level)

Our independent living skills courses are designed to support young adults with Severe to moderate Learning Disabilities in developing the skills needed to make independent decisions and enhance their communication, autonomy, as well as personal and social skills.

3. Employability (Pre-Entry to Entry 3)

For young adults with moderate learning disabilities, our employability courses are designed to help students develop the skills and confidence for the world of work. This is achieved through participation in an enterprise project, involvement in a mini job scheme, and concurrent development of independence, personal, and social skills.

Within each strand there are a number of different groups.

Complex Needs:

Independent Living:


Click here for more information on our SEND offering.

For more information on Supported Learning courses, please click on the links below.

Course Suitable for Categories
Learning for Living 16-24 Supported Learning
Learning for Work 16-24 Supported Learning
Preparing for Adulthood 16-24 Supported Learning
Pre-Supported Internship 16-24 Supported Learning
Skills for Work 16-24 Supported Learning