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Supported Learning Courses in Guildford, Surrey

Our Supported Learning courses are designed to help people with special learning requirements to gain new practical skills and develop confidence. 

The Woodlands Centre at Merrist Wood College provides a safe and secure learning environment for learners with severe and complex learning, social and communication difficulties.

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Why Choose Merrist Wood College?

The new Woodlands Centre at Merrist Wood College provides a safe and secure learning environment for up to 64 students with severe and complex learning, social and communication difficulties that may also have a physical disability. Within The Woodlands Centre there are a variety of facilities for students to access:

  • Designated dropping off zone within the secure grounds of the centre
  • Sensory room
  • Classrooms that have their own garden areas
  • Sensory garden and communal garden area which incorporates the ancient Merrist Wood woodland
  • Meal preparation kitchen
  • Therapy room
  • Group room
  • One-to-one room
  • A central communal area for students, which includes a library
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wet room facilities, which include changing beds
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Our curriculum encompasses functional skills; English, maths, money skills and ICT with life skills and vocational opportunities such as animal care, gardening, art, meal preparation, nature studies, sports and many more.

Some of you may undertake formal qualifications at Entry Level 1 to
Entry Level 3, whilst for others progression is tracked using RARPA.

We link with other curriculum areas at Merrist Wood College and our students are very much an integral part of the community.

The Woodlands Centre also provides therapies such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language, where these are part of a young person’s EHCP.

Our team will work closely with therapists to ensure a smooth and continual integration within the college day.

Entry requirement: A school/college report and a EHCP may be a requirement, based on your support needs.

Day to Day

  • Basic practical skills
  • Personal development
  • Presentation skills
  • Customer service
  • Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT
  • Work experience

Tours and Taster Days

Taster days at Merrist Wood College help you to find out more about college life and help us to find out more about you. We’ll assess you to find out which course suits you best.

We have set aside some time for each taster experience, which will continue throughout the year. These days will allow you to experience the courses you are hoping to apply for.

If you are thinking of studying on one of our Supported Learning programmes, please book a taster session to come and meet our experienced teams here at the Colleges.

To book a place on a taster session, arrange an assessment, or a tour of
The Woodlands Centre, please email: Lisa Robertson at or contact her on Tel: 01483 44 85 56

For any further details please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to the College!

Moving On

Supported Learning courses enable students to progress to other Entry Level courses and sometimes Level 1 courses at the College in a range of areas.


01483 88 40 00

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