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Post-19 Pathways

We have 3 possible pathways for Post-19 learners to follow: 

1. Pathway to Employment

To help you develop your skills for the workplace in real life contexts, we link you with local employers and work-based learning providers. Our approach is 'learning through doing'. By trying out different work-based learning and tasters in various employment settings you will experience what you like and don't like, so that you can make independent, informed decisions about your future career path.

We are the first Deaf Education provision in England to offer Supported Internships. Our aim is to prepare young people for working life; to help you achieve your best in education to ultimately make the progression into employment.

Our aim is to ensure your transition into the world of work is smooth. You will be supported by a Job Coach who provides communication support and teaches employability skills, together with a tutor who is the key contact between the employer and the Deaf Academy.

2. Partner Pathway

You can access the Partner Pathway through two entry points at Post-16 and Post-19.

This pathway is suitable for British Sign Language (BSL) users who are vocationally or academically focused. There are two strands:


A) Partner Pathway Vocational

During your placement at Exeter Deaf Academy you will attend a chosen partner college that offers your choice of vocational course, supported by our Learning Communication Support Workers (LCSWs) and a Tutor.

In tutorial sessions you'll be taught vocabulary linked to your vocational course and discuss associated topics alongside timetabled classes in BSL to Level 3, Maths, English and PSHE with subject teachers and your support worker.

If you are attending a shorter external course, you will attend work experience to gain knowledge in the working world. Our current Partner Pathway Vocational learners are studying a variety of courses such as hospitality, horticulture, small animal care, hairdressing and carpentry.

B) Partner Pathway Academic

This pathway is suitable for you if you know which career pathway you would like to follow in the future, and could suit an academic route to university or college. We work with a range of external partners to support you with accessing specific Further Education courses on entry.

We will support you to apply for your course, as well as througout the interview process. Each half term there are PSHE theme days with a focus on keeping safe and having a healthy, active mind.

Our current Partner Pathway Academic learners are studying a variety of options including Health and Social Care, Drama and iMedia.


3. Pathway to Independence

This pathway focuses on personal skills, vocational learning, home management and life-based numeracy and literacy skills. Our specialist education, residential care and therapy teams work with you on your personal and daily living skills. For example; cooking, looking after your home and yourself, money management, and the world of work.

We listen to and take into consideration your personal goals, and we facilitate tailored levels of support to ensure you have equal access to adult life. This can include learning about communication in the wider community through Live English with our Speech and Language team, independent travel with our Occupational Therapists, or simply learning how to plan your time to work, rest and have fun.

During your placement with us you will learn what is available in the community, including travel, local services, leisure time and work. You will learn how to access the community and, more importantly, become an active part of your wider community, developing links including leisure activities that you enjoy.

While you are with us you will build your community of friends through shared interests and experiences, including taking part in leisure and social activities in the evening and at the weekends. This could be sharing a trip to the gym or cinema, going into town to see a show, or simply making a meal to share together.