Beaumont College

Person centred curriculum

Students wearing headphones

The college offers individual programmes within a curriculum that has strong emphasis on personal development through a clearly assessed pathway framework. As well as offering discrete courses provided internally within the college, the college also offers students the opportunity to work within the community with local partnerships and employers.

Each student accesses an individual programme that is based on a combination of course choices that are tailored to meet individual needs and aspirations, identified through their person centred PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) planning and support assessments.

Student progress is monitored through achievements made against Expected Outcomes and steps to achievement. A strong trans-disciplinary team that includes; Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and a Behaviour Specialist, ensure a holistic and embedded approach to supporting learning and achievement.

Students are assessed into one of the following five pathways:

  • Sensory Communication
  • Intentional Communication
  • Access Through Partnerships
  • Independent Lifestyle Skills
  • Life and Vocational
Each young person and/or their advocate choose from subjects offered within these pathways through the Individual Option Planning process in order to build their programme.

Subjects offered include, dance, music, performance, face to face, space between, sensory wellbeing, personal wellbeing, sensory gardening, cooking, concepts of cooking, sensory gardening, conservation, horticulture, community spaces, grounds maintenance, fine art, exploratory art, forest schools, environmental studies, environmental art, functional skills, film making, photography, interactive media, IT, work skills, horse riding, trampolining, Stretch and Chill, yoga, Fun Fit, personal portfolio, transition action planning and skill building. We also offer internal and external work placements and dedicated personal development sessions.   

The curriculum offers a range of opportunities for students to achieve internally recognised certification and acquire externally accredited qualifications that we provide by nationally recognised awarding bodies and that can be found on the Qualifications Credit Framework and are part of foundation learning.

Awards currently include:
  • Arts Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold
  • City and Guilds – Certificate in Effective Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Ascentis – Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT
  • AQA – Art and Design
  • Ascentis – Craft and Design
  • John Muir Award – Conservation
  • Open Awards – Household Skills
  • Ascentis – Short Modules
  • Ascentis – Personal Progress

The framework for internal achievements and external accreditation is regularly revised to ensure it is relevant to students ongoing transition needs, supports progress and recognises achievements in a meaningful way to the students.

Evening and weekend provision
To support and continue the learning happening during the formal curriculum, the college offers a range of informal leisure activities during evenings and weekends that enhance the students’ level of participation and engagement.

Evidence of learning outcomes
Students’ achievements are captured throughout a range of college processes that include Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA) recording of progress, achievements against Expected Outcomes, steps to achievement on the Management Information System (MIS) and electronic recording of progress against criteria set out by awarding bodies. Regular student tutorials are held by Pathway Co-ordinators and the students trans-disciplinary team of advocates, annual reviews, progress demonstrated against therapy protocols and reports of progress provided to stakeholders. The college makes excellent use of audio and visual recording of evidence of achievements via ‘e-portfolios’ and ‘personal portfolios’ and these can be ‘posted’ into either by students themselves or their advocates.