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The Independence Course

The Independence course is aimed mainly at students who are working across Entry Level 1. It is taught in small groups with support in all lessons, and out of lessons. On the Independence course you will have access to a vast range of the facilities at Shooters Hill College, including sports and swimming facilities, construction workshops, catering kitchens, hair salons and social spaces. All of this is in addition to regular off-site trips to support learning; all in a highly supportive environment with staff members who will get to know you and your needs very well.

Course Content

  • Social and Communication Skills

  • Independent Living Skills in our home environment 'The Flat'

  • Community and Environment

  • Skills for Work

  • Numeracy, Literacy and ICT

Entry Requirements

Would you like the chance to work in small groups with support to become more independent in a range of skills?

Would you like to make choices about your own learning?

Are you currently in a special school that caters for young people, who have severe and complex needs or ASD?

If you’ve answered yes to some of these questions, the Independence course at Shooters Hill could be the right course for you. 

In most cases you will need to have a current Educational Health Care Plan to access this course.


Possible careers paths

The Independence Course at Shooters Hill helps you develop the skills and confidence to live more independently and work towards employment. After each year you can progress to a higher level within the Independence course for the next year or move on to a higher entry level course at Shooters Hill or elsewhere, into a supported internship or into employment.