City of Westminster College is Central London's Top Vocational FE College. We're Ofsted rated 'Good' and proud to be the first choice for students across Greater London.
We're located in Central London on 2 campuses, Paddington Green Campus and the Maida Vale Campus and we offer over 200 courses across a wide range of subjects.
Information on the specialist Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) provision at the Maida Vale Campus.
What does the college curriculum look like?
The college runs a number of specific courses:
How will the college curriculum match my child’s needs?
Teachers and learning support assistants will make sure your child is learning things that are important to them.
The curriculum within each of these courses will be tailored around the student’s specific learning needs. The college takes a rigorous approach towards differentiation and provides targeted in-class support. All teachers use varied teaching-learning approaches in the classroom to enable all students to access the curriculum. Teachers also scaffold learning activities and questions so that students can successfully attempt and complete challenging work. In addition, teachers regularly assess students to monitor their progress, and use this information to provide students with specific support as necessary.
Learning for Living, Preparing for Adulthood, Learning for Work:
• ASDAN Personal Progress (Units/ Award/Certificate at Entry 1)
• ASDAN Employability (Units/Award at Entry 2 or Entry 3)
Skills for Work, Into Work
- Edexcel Award in Skills for Independence & Work (Entry 2)
- Edexcel BTEC Award in Work Skills (Entry 3)
- OCR Functional Skills (ICT, English & Maths) Entry 1 – 3 (optional)
How will the college prepare my child for employment?
As part of the curriculum students participate in world of work skills including mini enterprise projects. Some students participate in both internal and external work experience. Watch the video at the top of the page for more information about work experience opportunities for students with learning difficulties/disabilities.
The college employs a Job Coach who co-ordinates supported employment services for students with learning disabilities/difficulties.
Mini Jobs: Through our Mini Jobs Project, jobs are carved and are offered to existing as well as past students who then undergo the college’s recruitment process to succeed to the role. All student-employees are fully supported. These are fixed term contracts and are paid jobs.
Partnerships: We also work in partnership with various organisations such as Westminster Employment, Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre, Leonard Cheshire Disability and employers such as Boots, National Theatre, Co-operatives and local employers, which all provide work placement opportunities for our learners. Mini Enterprise Project: a project where Into Work students not only train in their culinary skills but also employability skills such as team work and customer service. They share the profits made at the end of each academic year.
Job Club: Weekly job clubs in partnership with Westminster Adult Education Services.
How will the college prepare and support a child when they finish their course?
The college will help your child to plan what they will do when they leave college.
The college will work with students on an individual basis depending on their aspirations. They will work closely with families and other professionals to explore what options are available, this forms a major part of the annual review process for those students who will be leaving.
For more information on how City of Westminster College supports children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), please download the college’s SEN Information Report