We have high expectations for our learners. Our curriculum is broad and challenging and builds on our students’ existing skills and experiences. You will follow a personalised study programme to support the goals in your Education, Health and Care Plan. We will help you to take steps towards what you’d like to do after college.

Student in horticulture learning to grow and harvest salad to sell as part of his study programme
Preparing for adulthood

Our study programmes are normally for 16-25 year olds who are leaving special school or enhanced mainstream school. We deliver learning across our specialist settings in Harrogate and Bradford to enable every student to progress into a fulfilling adult life. Our courses include:

  1. Supported Internship (NEW for 2016/17)
  2. Independence and employability
  3. Personal and social development for life and living
  4. Sensory
  5. Independence and social skills for life and living (for students with Autism)

Our study programmes

Students demonstrating their products at Young Enterprise event

Supported internship

For school and college leavers who, with support, would be ready to take part in the world of work.

Independence and employability

For students who have achieved well in foundation learning and would like to develop their employability skills.

Image of a college student sitting on her bed, smiling

Personal and social development

For young people who would like to develop their social awareness, communication and skills for life and work.

Student using equipment in our sensory room


For young adults with severe learning disabilities or profound and complex needs.

Student in The Starting Point, our specialist learning centre for young people with autism
Independence and social skills for life and living

A specially adapted programme for young people with Autism

Our dedicated autism setting, The Starting Point, offers the full College curriculum that has reasonable adjustments made to facilitate learning and maximise the potential of each student.

All arrangements for support are absolutely student focused, with a positive behaviours plan to support a meaningful transition into life after college.

Find out more

Supporting you to achieve throughout your programme

Key skills

All students will work towards an appropriate level of English, communication, maths and employability skills as part of their programme.

Health and wellbeing

Learning about personal safety and appropriate relationships is embedded throughout our curriculum. We will promote your health and wellbeing through a range of curriculum topics and therapy-led sessions including mindfulness.

Assessment and progression

In your first half term at College, we will help you prepare for learning by carrying out a thorough baseline assessment. We expect you to meet your in-year education, health and care goals so we will regularly monitor your progress through team meetings, formal reviews and tutorials. We will enable you to make reasonable adjustments and reduce your reliance on support. Working closely with our transitions team, your tutor will help you plan for your future and support you to access independent careers advice where appropriate.

Explore the rest of our College pages

Home | Living | Funding | Visit us Who we supportFacilities | Specialist support