Foundation Learning


Our Foundation Learning programmes are full-time college courses designed to help young people build essential skills for work and everyday living. They give each young person the chance to explore different subjects, to discover their interests and which career path they would like to pursue. With a focus on social, academic and vocational skills, the aim is to prepare each young person to live independently and get ready for the world of work.


Who are our courses for?

Our programmes are available to students aged 16-18 and they are also available to those aged 19 and over who have an Education Health and Care Plan. Programmes are available at a range of levels to suit all abilities are the ideal choice for learners with SEND (Specific Educational Needs and Disabilities) or those who are simply uncertain of their next steps.


What will I study?

Functional skills

An important part of everyday life, English and maths skills are embedded throughout all of our programmes.

A range of subject areas:

  • Art & Design
  • Carpentry
  • Childcare
  • Cooking
  • Enrichment
  • Gardening/Horticulture
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Health & Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Performing Arts
  • Small Animal Care
  • Sport

*Subject areas may depend on availability. A range of recognised qualifications is also available.

Work experience and employability skills

This focuses on the core communication and practical skills that are needed in all job roles. All students are encouraged to take part in community projects and work experience. Previous students have completed work experience at:

  • Costa Coffee
  • National Autistic Society
  • Tesco
  • Feed the Hungry
  • New Look
  • Red Cross
  • Co-op
  • Riverside Rangers
  • Bedworth Cricket Club

Independent living

An important part of foundation learning is knowing how to live independently and feel safe. We focus on ensuring you can confidently manage your money and travel, have good knowledge of nutrition and personal health and develop effective social communication skills.


Why Choose Us?

Foundation Learning LevelsCommunity Focus
Projects, community work and trips play a huge part of all courses. These projects allow learners to get more involved with the community and create a wide range of skills that help develop independence and become work ready.

Our Staff
The passion and dedication of our Foundation Learning Team flows through every single part of our programmes. Lecturers ensure each learner develops as an individual and reaches their full potential.

One-to-one support
Every learner has a dedicated Progress Coach who provides one-to-one support. Group sizes tend to be 8-10.

A safe, welcoming environment
Help, support and guidance is always on hand, from finding the right classroom to information on free meals and transport to and from college, we are always here to help. Our Safeguarding Team are onsite at all times to ensure the safety of all students and staff members.

Those studying a Foundation Learning course will have access to LifeWorks, located at our Nuneaton Campus.

Funded as part of a grant from Warwickshire County Council, it has:

  • A training flat where students can learn how to cope in the wider world,
  • A therapies area to help build resilience and positive mental health
  • A working café
  • Chill-out zone

Get in touch today to discover more!