About the project:

Barriers to Life

LIFE is a Department for Education funded project designed and delivered by City College Plymouth. It provides an online professional development and resource hub and knowledge-exchange for further education staff, devoted to supporting better understanding of barriers to learner inclusion. Created through a diverse partnership of further education and support organisations in Plymouth and Cornwall, it aims to upskill all staff members and thereby improve learner outcomes by:

LIFE is also designed to grow over time with new content and themes added according to need and through peer-to-peer collaboration.

Digital Badges

As part of LIFE, staff are able to gain recognition for their developing understanding through the award of digital badges via Badge Nation. These provide valuable evidence of professional development for staff and are also a powerful motivational tool to support ongoing learner engagement and further information can be found here.

City College Plymouth

City College has been helping students to get the skills and qualifications they need since 1887! They’re now one of the leading providers of vocational, professional and technical training in the South West, offering:

City College works with employers to make sure learners get the skills, knowledge and training they need to succeed in their chosen career. From hospitality and catering, to performing arts, City College can help make dreams a reality.


The following organisations have been involved in developing LIFE, providing their time, knowledge and expertise to support staff and, in turn, learners.