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Access Inclusive Learning

The AIL course combines new opportunities, new experiences and education to reach an outcome or destination individual to the learner.


Access Inclusive Learning is a two – three-year course designed to meet the needs of students who have moderate or severe learning difficulties, who wish to continue their education in an inclusive Further Education college.

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Start date: 08/09/2022

Course code
Entry level
Truro College
1 year
Foundation Studies


AIL focuses on the individual student; the timetable, target setting, review procedures and transition are person centred. At the end of the first year a Progression Pathway for each student is determined; this takes into account their individual aspirations


The student is at the centre of their learning having opportunities to choose from over 40 subject areas during their studies. Throughout the course, students transition onto individual pathways of learning. Pathways to learning include Independence and Employability where students combine chosen subjects to develop independent living skills and or employability skills whilst also developing self-confidence, self-esteem and improving teamwork and leadership skills.

Compulsory subjects include English, Maths, Tutorial, Personal Social Development and Preparation for adulthood.

Pathway to Employment

Supported Employment is a programme which involves a partnership with a local business. These are designed to enable students to achieve paid employment at the end of the course.

It is an employment-focused transition programme that gives students the opportunity to develop key employability skills in a real work placement setting with the goal of achieving paid employment.

The students have a taught session first to discuss aims for the day and set learning objectives and a taught session at the end of the day to review these and set new targets.

Pathway to Independence

The focus here is to develop communication skills, all aspects of self-care and making choices. Sheltered work opportunities are an integral part of the Pathway with an appropriate community placement at the end of the course.

For all students our aim is to promote lifelong learning and to help them reach their potential as valued members of society.

Truro and Penwith College is proud to be a positive and inclusive learning environment. As part of the wider College community the AIL students deserve and receive the best possible standard of education.

Our well-resourced department – staffed by trained professionals and using the most up to date teaching methods – means we are able to uphold this ethos, endeavouring to provide an empowering, successful education for all our students.

The course is designed to meet individual needs, developing and building upon existing skills and will include the following curriculum areas:

Functional Skills: • Numeracy/Literacy

Preparation for Adulthood • Independent Living Skills/Cookery • Personal and Social Development • Motivational Mindset • Travel Training

Creative & Performing Arts: • Dance • Drama • Art • Performing Arts • Music • Writing • Craftivism • Makaton

Science and Environmental • Forest School • Science • Duke of Edinburgh • Horticulture • Animal Studies • Angling • Humanities • Land Based Studies

Sport and Recreation • Sport • Outdoor Adventure • Gym & Fitness • Swimming • Football Academy • Duke of Edinburgh • Boxercise • Spinning • Cycling • Forest School

Design & Technology: • Upcycling • Photography • ICT •  Smartech • Media Studies • Stop Motion Animation

Employability Skills & Supported Employment: • Work placement • Work Skills • Volunteering • Creative Enterprise • Leadership • Greens 2 Go Business • Communications for Work • Enterprise

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On completion of the course students may progress onto a community work placement, sheltered employment, open employment or further education.


The course is designed to encourage development and progression. Students will be encouraged to achieve to their full potential; however, it is recognised that there are great differences in individual ability levels and progress will vary accordingly. Assessment is through BSquared software, managing progression through the National Curriculum.

Tutors take great care to ensure that each student experiences a wide range of teaching methods. Students are assessed to establish their preferred learning styles and individual learning plans are devised to match these.

There are no formal entry requirements.

Awarding bodies – Edexcel & ASDAN


Some practical subjects require additional costs weekly for hiring of a facility.

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