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Phoenix Purple

  • E

    Entry Level

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


This course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders who require support to move onto 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, filmmaking, 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

No formal entry requirements. The course is for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders who require support to move onto a chosen career pathway and require a specialist curriculum based around their individual needs. Interview required.


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.


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.


Students will need to have successfully applied for and received funding.