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Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies

Our Foundation Studies courses are for students who have a variety of support needs, learning difficulties or disabilities. The aim of these courses is to give students the confidence and skills needed for work and life by developing their independence and social skills.

We offer two different pathways including:

  • Personal Progress - this course gives students an introductory year in college to improve their essential life skills and grow in confidence. They will have a bespoke individual learning plan which is designed around their needs (includes ICT, Maths and English skills) and will take part in practical learning experiences for life and work.
  • Vocational Pathway - this pathway aims to help the student explore the progression or career aspirations they have and develop skills to achieve these. The course includes Maths, English, ICT and Personal Development skills, as well as an options day which gives students the opportunity to take part in specific subjects such as Horticulture, Sport and Art.

No matter what your goal, be it work-related qualifications, supported employment or independent living, we personalise your course to suit you. Students will be taught in smaller group sizes and have access to additional support based on individual needs. All study programmes are taught by experienced and innovative staff who will give the best possible learning in a friendly and supportive environment.

The programmes of study are further enhanced throughout the year with opportunities for learners with LDD to participate in additional sporting events, overnight and week-long residential stays, educational visits, lunch-time activities and the end-of-year celebration events.

Our number one priority is to make sure our students learn in a safe environment. Our friendly staff are experts in providing support for young people with a wide range of specific needs and provide students with the best possible learning environment so that they can achieve their goals.