Preparation for Life

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Foundation Learning FD211A01/24/1 Further Education

Course Information

This course is designed to help you develop a wide range of skills to help you become more independent in life and work. Throughout the year you will benefit from valuable work experience, and will learn how to apply for jobs/voluntary work in the career of your choice. Alongside this there will be plenty of time to learn new approaches to independent living such as personal and social development and life skills, as well as continuing to be involved in exciting practical learning in land-based subjects like horticulture and animal care.

The course will be very practical and you will have ongoing assessment to make sure you are achieving your personal targets. You will be based at Greys Loft our Centre for Foundation Studies where our teaching team are experienced in working with students with specific educational needs and a range of support is available to ensure you get the most from your study programme. A key part of what we do on all of our courses is to make sure you achieve your Education, Health and Care Plan targets to help you to progress.

We hold a sale at the end of each term and use items grown by the students in the Peak Hill glasshouse and allotment to create Peak Hill Produce, for example chutneys, jams and sauces. We also sell produce in our lovely Estate Farm Shop and this helps you to learn lots of skills to help you in work and life.


  • Preparation for Life
Course Content
  • Units include:
    Employability skills - theory and practical
    Personal and social development
    Independent living skills
    Work experience
    English, maths and ICT
    Tutorial support
    Enterprise activities
    Off site visits to future placement/employment opportunities
    Tractor driving
    Preparation for adulthood
Entry Requirements
  • No formal entry requirements. You must have a desire to work outdoors in a variety of practical land based subjects. We will also need full details of special educational needs and any other reports from relevant bodies or establishments to ensure that we are able to put in place the correct level of support for each individual learner.
Next Steps
  • Level 1 courses offered at Kingston Maurward College, Intermediate Apprenticeships offered at Kingston Maurward College, Employment - paid or voluntarySupported internship, Community farm work
Career Opportunities

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
09-Sep-2024 20-Jun-2025 9.00 a.m. 3.45 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Full Time
Day of the week Number of sessions
Various 105
Course Fees

There are no course fees for eligible students aged 16-18. Students aged 19-25 may also be eligible for government funding or a student loan depending on their circumstances.

Materials Required

You may need to have steel toe-capped boots and overalls for some activities. Waterproof clothing.Sensible footwear.

What's next?

Is this course for you? Go ahead and book online now. If you'd like more information we are happy to answer any questions.