Foundation Programme

There are no formal entry requirements for Foundation Learning courses. 

All applicants attend an assessment event, where the Foundation Learning team will assess you to find the most suitable course for you. 

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Course Details

Our courses are designed to help you work towards higher levels of study or employment, whichever you prefer. All courses include maths and English, employability skills and work related learning. We will also work with you to help you find valuable work experience.

All classes up to and including Level 1 courses have a skilled Learning Facilitator to assist you in your learning. Foundation Learning students also have access to a Mentor who is dedicated to the department.

There are three pathways within Foundation Learning:

ESOL (English as a Second Language)

For learners aged 16-19, our ESOL courses for young people, provide a nationally recognised qualification. Alongside your English lessons, you will also study maths and employability and study skills.

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

Foundation Learning specialise in a range of Study Programmes from Entry Level 2 to Level 1. Our Entry 2 Further Study programme provides transition from a more supportive environment to a busy, mainstream college.

All learners will continue to study maths and English, at a level appropriate for them and will also work towards building their independent study skills and employability skills to help them to progress to higher levels of study or employment. These vital skills are developed through a range of tailored trips, visits and residential opportunities allowing young people to develop both professionally and personally. 

Progression options are available at higher levels, in addition to our hugely successful Supported Internship programme for SEND learners who are ready for employment.

Vocational

We have a wide range of courses available at Entry Level 3 and Level 1. All learners will continue to study maths and English, employability skills and work related learning. In addition, you will have the opportunity to choose a vocational option, which you will study with industry professionals for 6 hours per week.

All Foundation Learning courses are 16 hours per week and take place over 3 days per week. It is extremely important that all learners arrange a work experience placement for themselves during the academic year.

For information regarding which options are available at which campus, please contact our Admissions team on 0161 886 7070.

Professional and technical options available:

  • Creative industries
  • Hair and beauty
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality and catering
  • ICT
  • Motor vehicle
  • Sport and public services
  • Travel and tourism