Skills for Independence and Work

Entry 2 Unit Award

skills for independence and work student working in a game store

Availability & Details

Skills for Independence and Work - Entry 2 SF-VOSTE2-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 years)

Examination board

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The course focuses on developing employability and enterprise skills while promoting personal and social development and independence. If you are a new student you will take part in a range of practical lessons where you will be producing products and preparing goods for our retail outlet. If you are a returning student, in the second level of the course, you will develop your skills in customer service by working and selling goods in a shop setting and gaining qualifications in business and retail in the classroom. You will get a chance to try out a few vocational subjects including art and ICT.

You will have lots of support to help you to focus on and plan for what you would like to do in the future. You will be able to visit different retail and hospitality venues in the area to observe and learn about different jobs and businesses. On this course, you will be helped to improve your everyday Mathematics and English skills. The course has small group sizes compared to standard College courses and will also include learning support in class (shared or one-to-one, dependent on EHCP requirements). 

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded Hampshire SEND Employability Hub status. We are looking to take on a cohort of Year 11 students through a specialist, individualised programme where the outcome is paid employment. If you are interested in applying to be on our SEND Employability Programme or for more information, contact Helen Robinson – or 023 9387 9999 Ext 4794.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course other than a positive attitude to learning and the ability to work at Entry Level 2.

On this course at HSDC South Downs, new student subjects include:

  • Art and Design
  • Recycling
  • Retail
  • ICT
  • Graphic Design

Subjects for returning students will focus on:

  • Employability
  • Customer Service
  • Business
  • Retail Studies

All students will take part in Social Communication and Relationships lessons using the Talkabout Program by Alex Kelly, and a varied program for tutorial will include Working Towards Independence, Healthy Living and Exercise, Stress and Anger Management and Relaxation in line with the PFA framework.


You will be taught by experienced SEN teachers with support from learning support assistants. Tasks will be broken down into simple steps with the aim of you being able to move from being supported to complete tasks, to doing them by yourself after a period of time, using the RARPA principles.

This program of study will use a multi-sensory approach, following the principles of active learning, to enable you to practise skills and demonstrate your learning and progress in practical lessons.

Personalised support can be provided if needed including one-to-one support in and out of class, personal care, bespoke support in the study centre and social communication (speech and language) groups.

HSDC uses a variety of assessment methods including written, question and answer, demonstration and observation of experiential learning. English and Mathematics may include formal in-class tests if appropriate. You will undertake a series of units which will gradually build your portfolio for when you are ready to claim your qualifications.

There may be some costs for trips or activities.

Some possible options for progression when you finish this course include continuing to the second year at Entry 2, Entry 3, a Supported Internship, paid work, voluntary work and further supported employment training.

We organise visits to local employers and have good links with a range of local businesses. 

My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student