The purpose of the curriculum at Birtenshaw College is to enable learners to develop their self-awareness, life skills, independence skills and to raise their aspirations and motivation, supporting them to make a smooth and successful transition from Birtenshaw. The views, interests and aspirations of learners and their parents / carers, as outlined in their Education and Health Care Plans, inform our personalised approach to learning and the appropriate pathway for each learner.
Model 1 Pathway: Learning for Living (Pre Entry M1-M8)
Progression Focus: Developing life skills and the ability to make choices.
Model 2 Pathway: Preparing for Adulthood (Pre-Entry M4 – M8, Entry Level 1-3). Progression Focus: Increased independence and development of employability skills for voluntary work.
Model 3 Pathway: Preparing for Employability (Entry Level 1 – Level 2)
Progression Focus: Increased independence and preparation for paid employment.
Communication and Calculation/English and Maths
The Model 1 and 2 Pathways offer Pre-Entry to Entry Level 3 accredited courses as appropriate.
The Model 3 Pathway offers Functional Skills in English and Maths
Learners on the Model 1 and Model 2 Pathways consolidate, develop and apply their communication and calculation skills in applied learning contexts.
All learners have a daily session of Communication on their timetable.
Non-accredited Schemes of Work (RARPA Recognising and recording progress and achievement-) are based on the Preparing for Adulthood outcomes which are based on what disabled young people say is important to them. These include paid employment and higher education, housing options and independent living, good health, friends, relationships, community inclusion and choice and control over their lives and support.
Friends, Relationship and Community
Aimed at helping learners to develop skills in building healthy friendships and appropriate relationships. The curriculum focuses on:
The Health curriculum aims to provide the knowledge and practical skills needed to support learners` well-being.
The curriculum focuses on:
Learners are given opportunities to develop their independence skills within the new purpose built flat and are encouraged to have a greater say in their future. The curriculum focuses on:
The Social Model of Disability
Birtenshaw supports the social model as a way of understanding disability. This model, unlike the medical model, says that disability is not caused by an individual’s health condition or impairment itself, but by the way that society treats and creates barriers for people with health needs. The barriers generally fall into three categories:
Using the social model enables Birtenshaw to identify the barriers that prevent disabled people from fully participating in society and encourages society to become more inclusive.
Barriers to Employment
Some possible barriers disabled learners may experience in gaining and keeping employment include:
Minimising Barriers to Employment at Birtenshaw College
We believe that disabled young people have a right to work – we want employment to be seen as a key part of their life. Learners on curriculum Models 2 and 3 follow the Employability Pathway and will be supported into employment in a number of ways.
Information, Advice and Guidance
Birtenshaw College has a Service Level Agreement with Connexions in order to provide good careers advice and guidance to help young people with their decision-making. The college has also achieved Stage 1 of the Quality in Careers Standard. This is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. It is fully aligned with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance” and fully complies with the Department for Education’s ‘statutory guidance’.
Work experience is an opportunity to introduce young people to the world of work, and layer up the skills needed to help them into employment in the future. We believe that, through effective partnership working, the barriers that currently prevent young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from accessing work experience, can be broken down to ensure that lives can be changed – one experience at a time.
We are developing three Work Experience Models at Birtenshaw College:
Accredited Schemes of work
Learners are able to achieve the following qualifications on the Employability pathway:
City and Guilds Skills for Working Life: Animal Care (Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3)
City and Guilds Skills for Working Life: Horticulture (Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3)
At Birtenshaw College we offer the City and Guilds ‘Skills for Working Life’ qualifications in both Animal Care and Horticulture at Entry Levels 2 and 3. These qualifications will support learners to develop their personal and work-related skills that are needed to progress into supported employment or to enhance learners’ independent living skills.
Learners will have the opportunity to participate in a range of work experience activities. At Birtenshaw we have animal small holding with rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks and goats. We also have a range of outdoor learning environments including a polytunnel which is used to grow fruit and vegetables
Learners will study the following units:
|Entry Level 2||Entry Level 3|
|· Recognise small animals
· Recognise parts of the body of small animals and their function
· Recognise types of animal housing and bedding for small animals
· Assist with cleaning housing for small animals
· Recognise types of foods and feed small animals
· Recognise farm animals
|· Recognise types and parts of the body of small animals
· Assist with catching and restraining a small animal
· Check that a small animal is healthy
· Groom a small animal
· Show visitors around a small animal enterprise
Learners will study the following units:
|Entry Level 2||Entry Level 3|
|· Recognise plants
· Recognise, use and care for tools used in horticulture
· Prepare and plant an area
· Weed a planted area
· Fill plant containers
· Maintain a fence
|· Recognise parts of plants
· Harvest a crop
· Insert plant material
· Control weeds in a planted area
· Edge up an amenity area
· Water plant material by hand
· Construct a composter
· Shred waste vegetation
City and Guilds Hospitality and Food Studies (Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3)
Birtenshaw College offers an exciting opportunity for learners to access a course of study up to three years, formally accredited by City & Guilds. Hospitality and Food Studies is offered at Entry Level 1, 2, and 3. Learners will access supported learning through both practical sessions based in the college catering kitchen and on site café. The qualification will demonstrate learners’ specialist knowledge and skills such as
These qualifications can help learners to look after themselves and live more independently or perhaps take the first steps towards a career in hospitality.
BTEC Business Administration (Level 1)
The Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Business Administration has been developed to give learners the opportunity to:
Pearson Edexcel Personal and Social Development qualifications are available from Entry Level 1 to Level 2. The aim is to develop learners’ skills in a broad range of areas, including communication, reading and writing, mathematics, skills for independent living, and skills for the workplace and engaging with the world around you.