Our curriculum

Our curriculum has been developed with direct reference to the ‘Preparation for Adulthood’ themes of Employment, Independent Living, Friends Relationships & Community, and Good Health.

We use these themes and the learners’ own aspirations for the future when developing their Education Health and Care (EHC) plan outcomes. This ensures that the outcomes are relevant to this transitional phase in their lives.

Critically, it is our aim to make each learner as independent as possible in relation to their specific needs.  For example, that independence may be in relation to how they are able to care for themselves wherever they live, or what they are able to achieve in relation to work, supported work or volunteering. 

Curriculum Framework

Our curriculum framework for the Life Skills College encompasses: 

  • Communication / Functional Literacy 

  • Numeracy – Money skills and Functional numeracy

  • Using the internet, email and e-safety

  • Independence skills – self-care, cooking, cleaning, road crossing and public transport training

  • PSHE / Citizenship 

  • Employability Skills / Work place learning & ‘job-coaching’ 

  • Creative Arts   

  • Spiritual, Moral and Cultural Studies  

  • Leisure, Recreation and Sport 

Click here to view the DVLSC CURRICULUM 20-21

Click here to view a presentation about the Downs View Informative Assessment system


We use NOCN accreditation to provide progression on from our Link College provision, curriculum and assessment. Our learners are currently working to gain accreditation from NOCN in: 

  • Independent Living Skills 

  • Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Progress

  • Introduction to Hospitality & Catering Careers 

Please click on the picture to visit the Preparation for Adulthood site