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Phoenix Purple

This course has been design to enable students with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder to progress to further education and training.
Course description: 

This course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders who require support to move on to a chosen career pathway and a curriculum designed around their unique needs.

Each student’s timetable is based upon choices made from the basic Phoenix Purple timetable. This covers a broad range of subjects such as:

  • Communication and social skills, including access to speech and language therapists, radio, confidence and independence building, individual and group tutorial
  • Life skills, including catering, practical budgeting and number skills and travel training
  • Creative subjects including animation, film making, art and crafts, music, photography and creative writing
  • Optional qualifications including Functional Skills English and Maths or BTEC/GCSE qualifications if needed as part of transition to further mainstream courses
  • Preparation for life and work, including citizenship, study skills, fundraising, enterprise, and project teams


In addition to this there is also opportunity for 1:1 teaching or support where required. Students are encouraged to be flexible and swap sessions throughout the year. Monday, Tuesday and Friday are mandatory days and the student then has the choice of attending on either a Wednesday or Thursday.

The course is designed to last one year, however there is the opportunity to continue for a second year if this is required.

Entry requirements: 

This course has no formal entry requirements. Students must have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. If you would like to apply for this course then please contact your Guidance Advisor who will direct you through the application process. When you apply you will be invited to attend one of a number of interview days that run throughout the year.


Phoenix Purple is a transitional course designed especially to suit students on the Autistic Spectrum. It is for those who do not yet feel ready to access a mainstream course elsewhere within the college and require a specialist curriculum to meet their individual needs and prepare them for their next step.


No formal assessment unless you undertake qualifications alongside the course

Academic progression: 

In the past students have moved onto further courses at college in areas such as GCSEs or A Levels, BTEC Diplomas at level 2 or 3 and Project Search to prepare for employment.

Career progression: 

The course is designed to promote group working, decision making skills, confidence, independence and self-esteem to prepare students for employment.

This is a Level 1 course:
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Course: Supported Learning
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One year