The Foundation Learning department works with students who are not ready for vocational study for reasons such as low grades, being unsure of what area to study or needing confidence to enable progression. Class sizes are small, and tutors work with students to develop their skills and confidence to progress.
Students will join the Gateway to Learning programme, with the aim to transition on to a vocational area of study. Specialist tutors work with students to build their confidence, gain qualifications and progress to further study. The programme includes employability skills, maths and English. Other sessions such as sport, IT and music technology are also part of the course.
No formal qualifications are required, but learners will generally be looking to transfer on to Level 1 programmes.
Individual tutorials are held on a regular basis to evaluate performance and plan progression.
Students are able to experience college life whilst building confidence and gaining the skills and qualifications required for their progression. This enables them to gain a better understanding of the expectations and options open to them.