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Pathways for Adulthood (PfA Pre-Entry)

Course Overview

PfA takes place at our Wellow House SEND Centre at our Somer Valley Campus, where learners will have access to an accessible kitchen, in-house flat, sensory room, and de-escalation room. Our learning is structured around the individual, and is based on each learner’s Education, Health and Care Plan (ECHP) outcomes. Learners can stay on PfA for 1 to 3 years depending on progress.

What topics are covered?

Learners follow a curriculum designed around preparation for adulthood and making good choices for their lives. Each year the programme is developed around the class and their individual interests and needs. Our practical sessions include art, dance, sport, cooking, music, performing arts and sensory workshops. We also look to get our learners out into the local community.

Who is the course aimed at?

PfA is aimed at young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities who are working at Pre-Entry level.

What support will I get?

All learners receive support for the entirety of their college day and are in classes of no more than 6 learners. Support ratios vary depending on what level of support is stated in a learner’s EHCP (for example if a learner requires 1:1 support then this should be clearly written into their ECHP). Learners receive support during lunchtimes and breaks, and also for individual medical and personal care needs. Additional support will vary depending on what is written into EHCPs (e.g. speech and language therapy, occupational therapy etc.).

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for this programme although applicants must have an EHCP.

How will I learn?

Learners undertake a range of practical, community, and classroom based activities.

How will I be assessed?

We track learner progress using RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement). Learners are assessed during the first term and are then be set individualised targets linked to the outcomes identified in their EHCPs. These targets are reviewed termly.

What can I do after this course?

Our aim is for learners to leave the course with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to live healthy and fulfilling adult lives. Most of our learners will progress onto a community-based transition package and some of our learners will progress onto our Life and Independent Living Skills programme.

What funding is available?

For funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

Accessible kitchen, in-house flat, sensory room, de-escalation room, and indoor sports hall

Which department is this course in?

Inclusion Department

What do I need to bring?

Any communication devices that learners use in their everyday lives.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more information please telephone 01225 312191, email info@bathcollege.ac.uk or visit our Inclusion Service page.


You may also visit our Student Advice Centre at either campus.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


We highly recommend that EHCP consultations are sent to us as early as possible, particularly in cases where a longer transition is required.


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