Literacy and Numeracy / Mathematical Literacy
These are each offered on three levels: Functional and Bridging levels, and AET (Adult Education and Training) levels 1 – 4 (accredited through IEB). National examinations are written in June and November, but examinations-on-request can be arranged when necessary. Provision is made for any necessary facilitation learners may need e.g. readers and/or scribes.
Knowledge Network, an accredited course, offers project based computer literacy training from Levels 01M to Level 03. In addition, some Life Skills Modules apply learned computer skills as well as other electronic media for the achievement of credits.
Learners follow a curriculum which focuses on self-knowledge, personal care, personal safety and healthy living. As learners mature they gain the knowledge, skills and values necessary to become integrated members of society and live as independently as possible. Making good choices is a consistent theme.
Cookery for Independent Living
Cookery classes are run across all year levels from the preparation of simple snacks to the planning, cooking and presentation of family meals. Kitchen safety and hygiene, preparation techniques, cooking methods and safe storage of food, and the planning of nutritionally balanced meals are covered in the layered curriculum.
Learners are gradually prepared for the world of work. Modules cover all aspects of preparation for work such as personal presentation, work tasks, expectations, interaction and dealing with problems.
Practical work experience is promoted throughout the phase at different levels and in various voluntary placements, depending on the abilities and needs of learners. Learners are ideally exposed to a number of different work placements to give them insight into their own abilities and preferences.
In this module, entrepreneurial skills are learnt and practiced through progressively independent participation in enterprise activities facilitate by Unity College such as the Moonlite Market. Learners first work in groups, then partnerships and finally become sole proprietors, depending on their abilities. Following a business plan, learners are guided from deciding on a product or service, to advertising and selling that product or service. Practical aspects of the market such as setting up, manning and clearing a stand, as well as record keeping and analysis of profitability are practised.
Sport and cultural activities
All senior learners have one hour of sport allocated per week. The sports are seasonal and include swimming, athletics, cricket, soccer, basketball, ball skills and general fitness programmes. A Gala and Sports Day are held annually. Special Olympics events such as soccer and netball matches and galas are attended as well as arranged inter-school events.
An extramural programme runs two afternoons a week and involves rotational activities for the sports houses Blue Cranes, Yellow Weavers and Red Bishops. Sports coaches assist with the various sports activities. Cultural activities including are and craft, music, dance and a variety of interesting recreational activities are also included in the extramural programme.
Unity College Life Skills Courses
In addition to the learning areas mentioned above, Unity College, courses incorporate Life Skills modules aimed at preparing learners with knowledge, skills and values in a wide range of subjects and interest areas applicable to life. The course content is presented at different levels, making it accessible to all learners.
The Unity College courses are benchmarked against the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework of England, Northern Ireland and Wales). Credits are accumulated in each module towards the acquisition of awards (6 – 12 credits), certificates (13 – 36 credits) or diplomas (37 credits or more). Accreditation of modules requires evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes in each module encompassing a combination of knowledge, skills and values. One credit is awarded for 10 notional hours of work.
The courses are offered on three levels to suit the academic, social, emotional and vocational needs of learners. The Life Skills Courses are arranged ‘bouquets’ along vocational lines e.g. baby and child care, horticulture, environment studies, animal care, leisure, media use and retail, so learners get wide exposure of knowledge, skills and values outside regular school subjects. Increasing complexity is evident in each bouquet over the year levels. A strong practical component requires that learners apply what they learn as far as possible. Excursions are undertaken to ensure that the necessary transfer of skills occurs from the classroom to everyday life.