Independent Living

Independent living gives pupils the opportunity to develop their key life skills. This course uses a hands-on approach to help pupils build their independence, from home tasks such as tying shoe-laces and using the washing machine to managing money and planning outings in the local area, all with an emphasis on team-work, safety and self-reliance. 

Independent Living pupils at work

Pupils will complete the units listed below.

90286 Cleaning Surfaces

        

In successfully completing this unit the student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • locate and collect the equipment required for cleaning surfaces;
  • locate the surfaces to be cleaned, e.g. table, walls;
  • choose the first surface to clean;
  • dry wipe the surface and dispose of any debris appropriately;
  • choose the appropriate polish or cleaning agent for the surface;
  • apply the appropriate polish or cleaning agent to the surface;
  • wipe the polish or cleaning agent from the surface;
  • repeat the above procedure for other surfaces, if necessary, until the cleaning is complete;
  • return all the equipment used to the original location.

 

82183 Changing Bed Linen

In successfully completing this unit the student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • locate fresh bed linen in order to change a bed;
  • remove dirty linen and replace with fresh bed linen;
  • place the dirty linen in the wash basket;
  • remove and fit a bed sheet and quilt;
  • how often a bed needs changing to maintain good personal hygiene;
  • demonstrate the easiest way to fit and remove a quilt cover, both with and without assistance.

 

76640 Using a Cafe

In successfully completing this unit the student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • enter a café and find a suitable table;
  • choose a drink from the menu;
  • ask for the bill when ready to leave;
  • pay the bill;
  • get a receipt and check the change;
  • leave the café.

 

87693 Ironing a T-Shirt

In successfully completing this unit the student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • erect an ironing board with physical assistance;
  • plug in an iron and select the correct temperature to iron a given T-shirt;
  • iron the T-shirt;
  • put away the ironing board and iron with physical assistance;
  • working in a safe manner using an iron and ironing board.

 

93761 Planning and Making a Shopping Trip

In successfully completing this unit the student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • select money appropriate for proposed purchase and count change in a classroom setting;
  • make a suitable shopping list of at least three items;
  • estimate the cost of each item;
  • estimate the total cost;
  • ensure there is sufficient money for purchase;
  • select or ask for correct items in the shop;
  • purchase the shopping, giving appropriate money, under supervision if required;
  • check change;
  • pack the shopping safely;
  • appropriate language to complete the task;
  • coins and notes in current use.

 

77931 Using a Post Office to buy stationery and send a letter

In successfully completing this unit the student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • write an informal letter to a friend;
  • prepare a shopping list of the services and the items required at the post office;
  • wait in the correct place until a teller is free;
  • ask for a first class stamp;
  • weigh the letter;
  • tender sufficient money to pay for the stamp;
  • check the change is correct;
  • affix the stamp in the correct place on the envelope;
  • post the letter;
  • check the time of the next collection.