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City College Norwich Open Day

June 22, 2024

City College Norwich

Access Preparing for Adult Life Entry Level (A0052)

City College Norwich

Ipswich Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2LJ

Basic/Key Skill
Entry Level
Preparation for Life and Work

Course Details

Preparing for Adult Life (PAL) is a specialist college provision offering individual support, flexible timetables and content and runs within inclusive Learning at City College Norwich's main campus on Ipswich Road. The PAL course supports young people with disabilities to explore and understand their own ‘pathway’ into adult-life.

In alignment with the National Development Team for Inclusion and their Preparing for Adulthood guidelines, the PAL course aims to assist students to live full lives post-education.
To achieve that, alongside providing access to a wide range of experiences and activities, students will receive high levels of support throughout the day, follow flexible timetables and have a programme shaped around their needs.

Students progression is informally assessed, and their independence prioritized at every step.

Students are set individual targets based on their Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) outcomes and our curriculum.

The curriculum covers:
Communication and literacy
Number and problem solving
Life skills and Independence
Community and citizenship
Social and leisure
Sensory development and physical therapy

We work closely with parents/carers to plan each student's programme and how best to work with them. The provision can cater for up to 20 students.


There is no formal assessment on this programme. Students will have their progress towards individual targets continuously assessed and reviewed. Reviews with students and their parents/carers will take place throughout the year. Progression is tracked through target setting and recoding.

Entry requirements

Students usually progress from local Complex Schools to the PAL course.

Members of the PAL team visit those educational settings, talk to candidates’ teachers, key workers and parents/carers, and look at the documentation surrounding candidates to assess their suitability for the course.

The aim of the assessment is to identify candidates who will be able to progress on the PAL course and whose progression will meaningfully enhance their post-education life.

Entry is not based on any specific ability or disability, but potential students may have an autistic spectrum disorder, profound and multiple learning difficulties, communication difficulties, physical disabilities and/or visual/hearing impairments.

Your next steps...

Students usually attend the PAL course for a second year. Students may progress onto further courses within Inclusive Learning or onto other programmes within the community.

For more courses like this, check our courses page.