Name of provider

Truro and Penwith College – Truro Campus

Name of course

Access to Community and Education

Who is this course intended for?

Access to Community and Education is a specialist learning programme designed to meet the educational needs of students with PMLD and SLD streamed via two pathways.

Site/s where available

Truro Campus

Key contact for questions about course

Programme Team Leader, Foundation Studies:
Theresa Edwards

Deputy Team Leders, Foundation Studies:
Steve Kenward and Lucy Sheen

Duration of course

3 years with potential extension to maximum of 5 years dependent on continuing personal development

Age range if applicable

Post 16 Learners

Key course content and outcomes
bullet points

  • ACE adopts a multi-sensory curriculum adhering to the principles of Sensology
  • Incorporate a range of techniques to ensure that the learning style of every student is met. These include: TACPAC, intensive interaction, body mapping, tactile signing, TEACHH, PECS and Makaton
  • Students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of sensory equipment such as the latest Eye Gaze Technology, Skoog music and ultraviolet lighting

Entry requirements

No formal requirements – course offer by interview and transition meetings to evaluate individual need

Available qualifications

Personal target setting and development monitoring


ASDAN Life Skills

Assessed by BSQUARED Assessment Toolkit

Likely progression

May lead to further education opportunities as appropriate

Alternative adult placements

Additional charges for families
e.g. swimming, pocket money for shopping

Entry to public venues (if applicable)

Swimming/riding/bowling or visit fees

Personal spending money on visits

Optional expenses for families
e.g. non-essential trips

Residential visits

Timing across the week

Minimum 540-620 funded guided learning hours across three or more days per week

Additional time subject to confirmation of discretionary funding

Other Information

The focus is to develop communication skills, all aspects of social inclusion and making personal choices.

For all students our aim is to promote lifelong learning and to help them reach their potential as valued members of society.

Contact Truro and Penwith College

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