Foundation Learners

Department: Learning Support

Course Name: Steps for Success 

Exam Board: OCR, EDEXCEL, Aim Awards, ASDAN

Teaching hours per week: 25

Entry criteria: Students need to be working between entry level two and level one.

Suitable for students working between Entry Level 2 and Level 1 and who may have additional needs.

Foundation Learning includes entry level qualifications such as Life Skills, Functional Skills and Home Cooking skills.

All foundation learning courses last 1 year. Students are expected to complete all qualifications that make up the Life Skills course to make a full timetable of 24 hours a week.

What will be studied?

Students will complete the following qualifications:

  • Life Skills – made up of  Employability and Personal and Social Development units
  • Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT
  • Sex and Relationship Education Award
  • Vocational options dependent on the group ( could include; Home Cooking, Travel and Tourism, The Criminal Justice System, Art Mixed Media, Animal Care or Horticulture)

How will I be assessed?

  • Portfolio of work
  • Class based exams

What next?

For many students the foundation learning programme course is preparation for a transition to move onto college. Students usually acquire places at college for further studies on either entry level or level one programmes. Students move onto further Life Skills courses or begin to specialise in vocational areas of interest. The course is designed to increase independence skills for improved access to educational, community and work opportunities.

Further Information:

If you need any further information about studying foundation learning, please contact:

M Elliott –

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