The School of Pre Vocational Studies delivers courses specifically tailored to the needs of those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities at Pre-Entry and Entry Level. The aims of the courses within the department are to allow the students to develop as individuals and progress on to further avenues of studies, training or employment.
The courses range from basic independent living skills to specific NVQ qualifications and include vocational sampling as preparation for the world of work.
The School caters for a range of students, both full-time and part-time. This includes school leavers who need to develop their independent living skills so that they can become self-reliant, find a suitable vocational route, develop confidence and personal social skills. At the same time all courses offer the opportunity to enhance basic and key skills for students to achieve their true potential in life.
Courses run for those over the age of 19 years vary from specific NVQs in the areas of Catering, Hairdressing and Horticulture as well as preparation for work-based courses, social development and the delivery of quality programmes to Social Services Outreach centres.
The School of Pre Vocational Studies caters for a varied range of student including those with sensory impairment; physical impairment; ADHD; mild/moderate/severe learning difficulties; those needing to acquire the necessary social skills to be accepted in the community and the world of work. Some of our students may just need time to mature and grow in confidence and self-esteem. The School, at both Neath and Afan campuses, offers the environment and surroundings to do this without threat.
Staff are qualified, experienced teachers who have specialist skills in order to deliver these courses. Teaching staff and students are assisted by a team of Learning Support Assistants who meet the everyday needs of the students.
The ethos of the School is to offer equal opportunities to all students regardless of any disability they may have and aims to gain the ultimate level of success for these students in order to enhance the quality of their future lives. The School has been successful in achieving this over the decades that it has been operating, mirrored in the success of students academically, socially and sportingly.
The quality of teaching and learning in the School is reflected in the Grade 1 awarded during the Estyn Inspection.