STEPS 2 – Supported Studies

The Steps 2 study programme is for students who aspire to increase their independence but wish to continue their education in a highly supportive environment. Programmes aim to equip students with the skills, experience and confidence required in order to reach their own goals for learning, life and work.

Delivery is through a student-centred approach involving a wide range of activities. This includes a high volume of practical based sessions, learning in the community and small group work. Students work towards completion of an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which requires students to work towards achievement of challenging, achievable goals in order to fulfil their potential.

There is access to a wide range of resources and facilities provides exciting opportunities for learners to develop their skills in an active environment. Resources include kitchens, sensory spaces and facilities to support the development of horticultural skills.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

Course Info
How to make an Application
Course Aims

The Steps 2 programme aims are achieved by:

  • development of personal, social and communication skills
  • supporting students to achieve increased levels of social and academic confidence
  • development of employability skills through sheltered/supported work experience and/or enterprise projects
  • adapting curriculum activities to suit the interests and needs of students
  • integrating a wide range of enrichment activities into the main curriculum
  • English and maths (as appropriate to individual needs of students)
Course Content

Students will have the opportunity to follow a personalised learning programme.

Key components of the Steps 2 study programme include:

Curriculum Theme Course content  
Independence
Employability
Subject specific/vocational skills Community
Personal Growth
Well-being
  • Personal, social and communication skills
  • Basic Kitchen Skills
  • Skills for Independence
  • Keeping Healthy and Safe
  • Digital Skills
  • Community Engagement
  • Enterprise Activities and Fundraising
  • Exploring the World of Work
  • Enrichment
  • English and Maths*

*Leaning aims for English and maths will be determined by students’ prior attainment and initial assessment.

Pathways include: GCSE (for those who have already achieved a Grade 2 or above); Functional Skills (Entry Level 3 and Level 1); Themed Awards in English and maths (Entry Level 1 – Entry Level 3).  Where appropriate, non-accredited English and maths learning is considered for students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Entry Requirements

Whilst there are no formal entry requirements for this programme, previous Education records and experience should indicate students can thrive socially and emotionally in a large, complex education setting.  Course offer is subject to a successful interview and initial assessment. In addition, students need to show a commitment and willingness to work towards agreed goals, and participate in all of the course activities.

Career Opportunities

Part-time supported, sheltered or mainstream employment.

Course Progression

Following completion of the STEPS 2: Supportive Studies programme it may be possible for students’ to continue their learning at STEPS 2 for a second year or progress on to another STEPS programme.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

STEPS 2 – Supported Studies
LevelEntry Level
LocationColchester
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Attendance14 hours per week spread over 3 days
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: Variable

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.