Skills for Life

The Skills for Life and Employment department at Eccles Sixth Form College provide a range of Pre-Entry, Entry and Level 1 courses for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  Our courses cater for students who have highly specialised support needs including peg feeding, tracheotomy maintenance, sensory impairment, profound mental health issues and degenerative life limiting conditions.  Support is in built throughout these courses with a team of specially trained teaching staff and Support Assistants.

Courses for Independent Living & Working

Our courses focus on skills for independent living and skills for working life. English and Maths are embedded in all courses with additional weekly sessions that develop English and Maths skills through real life projects. Through our tutorial programme students work on specific skills to plan and facilitate their development and progression.  Work includes self-advocacy, personal action planning, problem solving and study skills.  This helps students plan and prepare for their annual reviews and future lives.


Our enrichment programme gives students the opportunity to choose from a range of subjects of particular interest to them.  Subjects include: IT/Photoshop, PE/football team, Hair and Beauty, Developing Performance Skills, Dance and Music.

Social Skills

Social skills development is a key area for many of our students and is facilitated through class work and projects, which enable students to develop skills through role play and simulations. Social events, day trips and residential visits provide students with opportunities to practise their skills in real life situations.  Trips and visits also provide relevant opportunities for students to develop particular skills such as money management, planning, time management and problem solving.


We have well established progression routes beyond our courses that move students on towards their aspirations.  A key aspect of this has been the development of our supported work related activities, which include job visits, work placements, employability skills development and career planning relevant to students’ interests and progression plans. 


Students who are non-independent travellers have the opportunity to access travel training in groups with tutors and support assistants and/or one-to-one with an independent travel trainer. Travel can focus on specific journeys such as college and work placements.

Health & Well Being

The college works with Social Services, Salford PCT and the Shine Advisory Service to deliver a Sexual Health and Relationship course. This allows us to provide accurate and effective sex and relationship education that is accessible and meets the needs of our students.

All students within the department have a series of Person Centred Reviews/Educational, Health and Care Plans each year, which enable parents/carers and all relevant professionals to identify and provide any necessary support.  This ensures that students have access to high quality multi-agency guidance and support and have the best possible chance of success.

To find out more or to discuss individual student support needs, please contact our Skills for Life and Employment Team at Eccles on 0161 631 5002.