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  • Start date:   September 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 3
  • Course Type:   Part-time


‘Funky Friday’ the exciting and popular Terrace Restaurant Café’ lunchtime service, is just one of the many innovative activities that make up the assisted programs course for students with additional support needs. As well as developing skills in a hospitality setting this course explores and engages students in topical issues such as sustainability and important everyday life skills.

Start date: September 2024
Day of week: Thursday and Friday
Time: Thursday 9am-4pm and Friday 10:30am-1:00pm
Duration: 35 weeks


    What the course includes

    One teaching session will be spent in the classroom studying subjects to support the practical activity on Thursday and Friday morning. Students work with others in professional cookery kitchens and will develop their skills as a group. A lecturer and care assistant will plan each session with the students and will encourage participation in all aspects of the café including discussions about sustainability, food costs and health. Students celebrate calendar events and encourage their customers to engage with the topics they have been studying.

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Why choose this course

The programme is delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment at a pace appropriate to the academic level and physical ability of the students. This may provide the stepping stone necessary to enable students to move forward into a volunteering role or into employment. Funky Friday café is popular with both students and staff with both sit-in and takeaway options.

Entry requirements

  • This course is open to all students with additional support needs.
  • You can only apply for two part-time assisted programmes courses at any time.
  • If you have taken this course before, you will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Where it leads

    Further study on one of the assisted courses at West Lothian College or onto opportunities out with college.

Interview arrangements

You will have a short interview with a member of the team – you will be sent full details of this once we have processed your application.

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