This suite of courses is suitable for 14-19 year old learners and provides learners with Diplomas and Apprenticeships. Foundation Learning provides flexible learning programmes for young people and adults from Entry Level through to Level 2. The qualifications are credit-based and include Vocational, Personal and Social Development and Functional Skills. Students will improve their personal and study skills, gain credits for them and achieve nationally recognised qualifications. Students mainly studying at Entry Level have a choice of many courses to meet their needs. Some of this provision is offered in small groups and classroom support is available if required and also a range of workshops are on offer to develop and support study skills.
In addition to the core programme of study, all full-time students between 14 -19 years will be expected to study one or more Functional Skills. Functional Skills are practical skills in English, Maths and ICT that help to equip learners for work, education and everyday life. They are also recommended for adults who have not previously achieved a Level 2 qualification in English, Maths and ICT.
Functional Skills were introduced to address government and employers’ concerns over current standards in basic literacy and numeracy. They are not just about acquiring the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, they also prepare learners to function confidently, effectively and independently in any situation, be it at work, home or out in the community. Functional Skills equip learners to solve problems and complete tasks to a high standard.
In Foundation Learning, learners have personalised programmes that include Functional Skills as a compulsory element. Personalised learning means that Functional Skills are delivered in a way that is accessible to all. Many learning activities are problem based which helps learners to practise and apply the Functional Skills needed. In this way, Functional Skills is partly integrated into the learning programme, highlighting the fact that real-life activities are dependent upon having good Functional Skills
This course is aimed at you if you would like a full time college course in a specific work-related (vocational) area, while developing your personal and social skills.
If you love cars and want to get a good basic grounding in the skills needed by today’s motor vehicle repair industry then this course is just right!
This course is ideal if you’d like to improve your English and maths before progressing onto a Level 2 course in a range of work-related (vocational) areas.
This course is aimed at you if you would like a full time college course but are unsure of your career path or exactly what you’d like to study. You could gain skills in care, retail, sport, business, catering, travel…