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College Curriculum Overview

The College Pathway builds upon all five of our school pathways – up to Year 14. Students within the College Pathway are encouraged to be as independent as possible, and many of our students are successful independent travellers, with some achieving employment through our supported internship programme at Fairfield Hospital.

The majority of students at KS5 access their education off-site at our purpose built vocational building called The College Hub. Located on Bury Old Road, Prestwich, the College Hub offers a wide range of vocational opportunities within Hair and Beauty, Hospitality and Sport and Leisure, whilst maintaining a smaller, family-like community. This, coupled with our Community Hub based at Unsworth Library, prepares students for adulthood and enables them to gain experience of employability skills.

Students in our Thrive and Specialist Provision Pathways benefit from being with their peers in other pathways and engage in increased social interaction within an age-appropriate environment. Much work is done to ensure students within these pathways have access to a wide range of community experiences. Students are a short distance away from Heaton Park and Prestwich, in addition to easily accessing Manchester and Bury.

The curriculum is founded on students exploring their local communities and being a central part to them. Students within these pathways continue to have access to specialist resources and teams for their continued wrap around care.


Elms Bank College is committed to offering high quality vocational opportunities. Our curriculum prepares students for employment / volunteering, apprenticeships, further college study and/or preparation to transition into social care adult services, so that all students can go on to make a positive contribution and engage with their community.

Elms Bank College offers a study programme, which includes work experience, qualifications, therapy programmes, pastoral support and enriching activities. Every  programme has a core aim. For the majority of students, this will be preparation for employment, independent living or supported living.

Personal student targets, as set out, in Education, Health, Care Programmes are supported through on site nursing and therapy teams, access to our School hydro pool and College sensory room. Students are allocated to a nurturing form team, whose support is enhanced by our Pastoral Team.

We offer a high staffing ratio, within small sized classes, in a secure and attractive setting. Our proactive and on site pastoral support is a key part of the provision we offer. Education and Pastoral teams work with families, to support each student to progress to their next destination.


Each Pathway has core aims and sets out the specific study programme. This is tailored to the needs of the individual and includes a range of qualifications and work related learning opportunities. 

Students are offered a range of courses, which can include: English and Maths Functional Skills, ASDAN courses, Open Awards courses, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Arts Award. These are all recognised qualifications and awards.

Students receive appropriate (Careers, Education, Information, Advice, Guidance CEIAG) to identify the most appropriate Post 19 destinations.

In line with Government requirements, Yr 12 Inspire students study for Functional Skills in Maths and English, to build on qualifications gained in Yr 11. Students in other pathways consolidate their Literacy and Numeracy skills through ASDAN and Open Award accreditations, developed through real work based activities.


Working with students and their parents / carers, we support students to consider future employment, future college, future volunteering opportunities or future social care destinations. Visits and work placements are supported and appropriate transition programmes put into place.

Students will leave with key skills (communication and confidence), qualifications and experiences, relevant to support them to transition into their next destination.

Please see the Pathway documents, for a Curriculum overview for each Pathway.