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Project SEARCH

Course Code: SDH5

Level: 1
Subject area: Learning Difficulties & Disabilities
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: City & Guilds, Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

Project SEARCH is a unique opportunity for young people with learning disabilities in Plymouth and surrounding areas, who are serious about getting into paid work. It is a partnership between City College, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Serco and Pluss. You will develop your employment skills by working in real jobs at Derriford Hospital. You will be supported to experience three different work areas as you learn the skills that employers are looking for. As well as working in the hospital, you will be expected to complete related coursework. Experienced teaching and employment advisory staff will support you. On successful completion, you may progress into paid employment, Apprenticeships or further individualised vocational training.

Entry requirements

You will need to:

  • be 18 to 24 years of age at the start of the course
  • have a learning disability and an EHC plan
  • have a good record of timekeeping and attendance
  • be prepared to work Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • have some previous work experience
  • not be on jobseekers allowance during the course
  • living at an address that pays council tax to Plymouth City Council.
What's next?

On successful completion you may progress into paid employment, Apprenticeships or further individualised vocational training.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: SDH5

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for eligible students): £0

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 (Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.