Pathways SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)

The Pathways department is a supported learning environment within Aquinas College. Typically students have learning difficulties and disabilities and are working at levels between P6 and Entry 3. Courses focus on developing skills to further independence.

Daily Living Skills

Shopping at a variety of supermarkets and shops, handling money and cooking.

Community and Leisure

Planning journeys, travelling by all forms of public transport. Learning road
safety and personal safety. Using facilities and services, which are available in the community. Encouraging and developing independent travel skills.

Personal Care

Hair care, skin care and so on.

Vocational Skills

Interview techniques, CVs, completing job application forms etc. Experiencing a variety of work placements in the community including – Cafes; Nurseries; Care Homes; Animal Care; Charity Shops; Supermarkets.

Sport and Leisure

Swimming, football, Boccia, adapted golf, circuit training and many more.


An allotment, enterprise shop, music, drama and art


An annual residential, which builds on the curriculum in developing independent living skills and is lots of fun too!

Pathways students participate in the College Tutorial programme and are grouped with mainstream students. They access all college facilities, including the Sports Hall, Fitness Gym, Library, Canteen and communal student areas.

Students are also supported by Careers and Education advisers, who visit college to discuss their future training/work needs.

  • Qualifications
    • All course offered at Entry level & Level 1 (equivalent to pre-GCSE)

      • BTEC Personal and Social Development
      • Functional Skills Maths, English and ICT
  • Facilities
      • A large teaching kitchen with seven work stations, including a rise and fall station for wheelchair users
      • Personal care room with adaptations for wheel chair users
      • Designated ground floor teaching classrooms with computers and whiteboards
      • Lifts providing access to all areas of college

How to Apply

Click here for information on how to apply to the Pathways course

Applications for September 2019 will open on September 29th 2018