Hummingbird is a bespoke course to meet student's individual needs. It's a flexible learning programme that will completely meet the needs of the students without compromise. This course will only be offered if there is no other alternative provision.
The Hummingbird Programme is a one-year course which is preparing students for:
A full-time college course
An exit course from college with experience in their vocational subject
A learning experience that we are unable to provide any other way particularly avoiding the student becoming NEET
Students that are suitable are for example:
Students who have Autism and are so rigid in their thinking that they are unable to function on a main college course even with reasonable adjustments and high levels of support
Students with Autism or extreme anxiety that are unable to cope with the social aspects of college with large class sizes even with 1:1 support and reasonable adjustments. But are functioning at levels above foundation.
Students with complex medical needs including those with a terminal diagnosis who want to remain in education but are unable to cope with the academic rigour of full time education and who struggle everyday with chronic fatigue and therefore need very specific support outside of the classroom to ensure that are able to keep up with studies.
Student who have had negative school experiences and often have a diagnosis of PTSD alongside learning disability. These students have no formal qualifications and therefore do not have the entry requirements for their chosen subjects but do have the academic ability. They are likely to have been home schooled and will have extreme anxiety about coming to college and will require a long transition with a big lead up to their chosen subject.
Hummingbird provides both students and staff an opportunity to decide whether they can manage a full-time course in a supportive environment without the normal pressures of attending college.
Hummingbird can offer students a flexible programme outside of the classroom with adapted outcomes to meet their needs this is very suited to students who require a long transition but need to be in college for longer than a half day taster.
Full-time courses at CWA are generally 3 - 4 days per week (though you may be in for an extra day if you are resitting English and / or Maths). The college day is typically longer than a day at school and students will need to plan their individual study in their free time (including individual study hours which are recorded at college in the Learning Resource Centre or other study areas). Work experience will be a key component of your course and most students will complete a minimum of 60 hours per academic year (on top of their college hours), depending on the course they are studying. CWA has a dedicated team of work placement co-ordinators to support you with this.
* Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.
Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional costs related to the programme, such as additional equipment and uniform, educational trips and work placement costs. Full details will be sent to applicants before enrolment.
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