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Brief description

A supported course for people with learning disabilties/difficulties.
Life skills for people who enjoy the countryside, nature and walking. This course uses public transport.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Individuals with learning disabilities/difficulties

People who have no experience, or People who require a supported environment

Course description in brief

  • To encourage students to be aware of things about them through sight, listening, touch and smell.
  • To encourage interactions between group members and the general public and the use of public transport aims to increase opportunities.
  • To present new experiences in unbuilt areas which are not usually available to some students.
  • To provide gentle exercise.
  • To monitor students involvement in their experiences.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • Be aware of the need to act to the benefit of the group, will stay with the group and take part in all classroom activities.
    • Behave appropriately on public transport, know how to queue and take up seat as available, be able to produce bus pass
    • Be aware of the differences between different sites, and be able to give feedback on site visited.
    • Be aware of features in their surroundings, will show an interest in and comment on things seen.
    • Know the appropriate clothing to wear on outside visits, and will wear footwear and clothes to be comfortable in different weathers.

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No – just a liking for gentle walking and looking at things in country parks.

What equipment will I need for the course?

No, although sturdy boots and weatherproof clothing will be needed but no special outdoor gear.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

To come to class in the appropriate clothing at the time indicated.

Indoor classes held in poor weather will involve simple and hopefully fun games associated with nature.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Observations from the tutor.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

Wander and Wonder Course, accredited by the Open College.

Gardening and other courses related to nature.

How will I say what I think about the course?

Opportunities are given during the class and in classes held indoors when the weather is poor.

At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L167 3 Friday 11am – 2pm 22 Sep 2017 to 15 Jun 2018 (30 weeks) One Off £75.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.