Building Skills for Independence

This three year programme is designed for school leavers and young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who need a significant level of support within a college environment.

Students attending the Building Skills for Independence course may have additional requirements relating to autistic spectrum disorders, challenging behaviour, visual and hearing impairments, health and personal care needs and mental health issues.

Opportunities for Progression

Orchard Hill College has developed a range of successful transition services moving adults on in collaboration with a range of organisations including specialist employment services.

Upon completion of the Building Skills for Independence course students can progress to:

Orchard Hill College part time programme – The College offers a range of part time Adult Pathways courses giving students access to specific “moving on programmes" in vocational, community and living skills. Students study on short and long term flexible programmes with an emphasis on achieving specific targets or placements that will lead to community volunteering or supported living or supported employment. The College has also extended its range of bespoke Next Steps provision with partners at Carshalton College and SCOLA supporting adults to move on from specialist college.

  • Supported Employment
  • Adult Education courses offered in partnership with SCOLA
  • FE College LDD provision (if appropriate)
  • Supported living

This course is offered at the following locations:

  • BedZED, Hackbridge
  • VPC, Carshalton
  • Beaconsfield, New Malden
  • Lomond House, Camberwell
  • Uxrbridge, Hillingdon