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Flexible further education programmes for young people aged 16-24 with SEND

At My Life Learning (MLL) we offer flexible training programmes for young people aged 16-24 with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)

We have a range of training programmes to enable you to prepare for adulthood and employment, make new friends and learn to live more independently. We pride ourselves in being able to create a personalised learning package according to your level of need. Focusing on what you can do, we tailor an individual timetable and we adapt learning to ensure your personal outcomes are met, no matter how complex your needs or disability.

Our training programmes are for 16-24 year olds, and can start at any time throughout the year. You can achieve recognised qualifications in your chosen vocational area and in Maths and English to Level 2.

“Make your aspirations possible and your goals a reality.” 

The My Life Learning further education training programmes are between 3-5 days per week and last for 38 weeks.

Our training programmes include:

  • Animal care
  • Horticulture
  • Employability
  • Functional skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Personal development
  • ICT and multi-media
  • Outdoor adventure
  • Supported internships
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

Animal Care

    “Are you an animal lover who likes being outdoors?”

    We have a wide range of facilities on our 84-acre site including an animal farm, doggy day care and grooming centre.

    In animal care you would be moving, handling, feeding, caring and looking after the health of animals of all shapes and sizes, including goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, chickens, geese, horses and dogs.

    You would be learning new skills in :

    • Assisting with the care of animals and the principles of that care
    • Dealing and assisting with feedstuffs for small animals
    • Assisting with animal accommodation
    • Maintaining the safety of self and others in the workplace
    • Assisting and maintaining the structures and surfaces where animals live
    • Provide controlled exercise opportunities for animals.


    “Are you someone who likes to work with their hands and enjoys gardening and growing?”

    In horticulture you would be preparing the environment for each season, sewing seeds for flowers, fruit and vegetables and growing and harvesting fruit and vegetables, bedding plants and hanging baskets. We have a wide range of allotment plots, purpose built polytunnels for seedling, fruit and vegetable culture and a 1/2 acre greenhouse.

    You would be learning new skills in:

    • Market gardening
    • Caring for a planted area and identifying weeds
    • Prepare soil and apply an organic mulch to prepare and plant a hanging basket 
    • Plant container grown subjects 
    • Prepare ground for sowing or planting 
    • Water a bed, border or area of plants in containers. 
    • Landscaping, groundworks and farming

    “We aim to offer an alternative to standard classroom based sessions by making learning fun, enjoyable whilst still being informative.”

    What would a typical week look like?

    Monday and Tuesday – you would be gaining real work experiences across the site and be learning new skills that would be useful in supporting career prospects or voluntary work. You would study the theory behind your chosen vocational sector, along with other skills that you may need in adulthood and employment

    Wednesday – Focusing on the skills needed to live and/or work independently, you would develop knowledge of the fundamentals of maths and English and be able to apply them in real life situations. Should you want to gain a recognised qualification in these subjects you could work towards this.

    Thursday and Friday – You may continue in your vocational area or gain the opportunity to work on ICT and media, further develop personal and social skills and gain experiences in the great outdoors, including the Duke of Edinburgh award.  In addition, across all days there will be embedded skills for independence, including personal safety and well-being, strategies to manage personal issues, home management, cooking, travel, budgeting etc.

    If you and your family are making choices about your future, we recommend that you make an appointment to visit us so that you can chat with tutors and have a look around.

    For further details on our animal care and horticulture programmes  – click here:
    Animal Care & Horticulture Leaflet

    To make an appointment and for information about the full range of courses and qualifications available, contact the SEND/My Life Learning Team on 01257 472900 or email pfa@my-life.org.uk


    A full range of the My Life Learning policies can be obtained by visiting the My Life reception or contacting us on 01257 472900

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