Supported Learning

Whether you’ve left school with low GCSE grades, have no formal qualifications, or have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, our supported learning programmes have been designed to provide you with all of the support you need to progress through your studies at college.


We make sure that group sizes remain small and we give you loads of support and encouragement to grow your confidence, independence and self-esteem. You can try out lots of different things and get a taste of which direction you’d like your future to take – most of all we want you to progress and achieve your ambitions, make friends and enjoy your time here.


You will be based at Basford Hall which is a brand new state-of-the-art building. Also, many of you will visit the specialised facilities on the other campuses as part of your course or to take part in other opportunities, whilst you are with us. We’ll also support you in achieving your dream ambitions, whether this is progressing to employment, starting an Apprenticeship, or into further and maybe higher education. During your time with us you’ll develop great life skills, employability skills and undertake practical job-related training.

At Basford Hall, we have well-equipped libraries and IT facilities, access to vocational studies and two multi-purpose vehicles which we use for training to promote independent travel. We also have ramps, lifts and induction loops installed at all our major campuses.

Programmes we offer include:

Connects Pathways

Connects Pathway - Entry Level 1
Connects Pathway - Entry Level 2

Adult Enterprise Pathways

Adult Enterprise Pathway - Entry 2
Adult Enterprise Pathway - Entry 3
Adult Enterprise Pathway - Level 1

Entry 2 Pathways

Entry 2 Pathway - Level 1

Entry Links Pathways

Entry Links Pathways - Entry 3

Click on the Browse Courses icon on this page for a full list of courses.

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