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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

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 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: SDH5

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

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 groupFREE
19 - 23AFREE

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.