Our ‘SMART-WAYS’’ programme is intended for post-16 learners who have an EHCP. Aimed at young adults who would enjoy the range of activities we have on offer in a smaller more vocational-type of setting, we can offer a high degree of flexibility and attention to the needs and interests of the individual.
Electronics Workshop and Hand skills
This pathway is suitable for someone who is interested in developing their hand-skills, and who would enjoy the opportunity to work within a workshop environment as part of a small team. You would be using workshop tools, e.g. saws, files, planes, pliers, drills, soldering-iron, and also operating our 3D printer. The electronics starts with bulbs, batteries and motors - onto transistors, resistors, capacitors, relays, coils, magnets, solar cells, transducers - then progressing to building circuits up in blocks, and also motor control. Finished projects resulting from this work could include examples such as: a torch, MP3 player, transistor radio, small amplifier, speaker, record player, a motor-related product such as model railway automation
We are able to differentiate our programmes to accommodate learners of the full ability range from entry level up to level 3. We are a registered exam centre for RSL which is an accredited
music qualification which appears in performance tables and has equivalency with GCSE'S and A level. We can offer the opportunity for Level 1, 2 and 3. We have four pathways, each lasting approximately 14 hours per week spread over three days. It is also possible to mix and match between pathways.
Our music pathway will include at least two of the following options: performer, composer, peer-support worker, and music-technical support. It is suitable for those who enjoy music, and are keen to develop their own skills.
Wider Creative Arts, Promotions, Marketing, and Business
This pathway will include some of the following options: art, drama, radio, development, record-label administration/promotion, website support, filing & business systems. It is suitable for people who would enjoy working in our music business, with its own record label, but from the viewpoint of CD-cover/poster/website design and/or administration/business rather than as a musician/performer.