Foundation courses are specifically designed to give students who need extra support a wide experience of college life consisting of qualifications, chances to try out vocational options, fun activities and time to make an informed decision about which pathway to choose for progression.

Students can work on their personal and social skills as well as developing life skills to help them become more independent. Students could progress to higher levels of Foundation Skills, other courses in college, volunteering or supported employment.

We offer a choice of engaging qualifications at Entry Level 3 and Level 1 which allow learners to develop their full potential and progress into further education or training, employment or a more independent life. Foundation learning is made up of three types of qualifications which all students study:

  • Future Skills
  • Foundation Skills

Entry Level 3 courses offer an introduction to study and provide a route to studying for a Level 1 course. Entry Level 3 courses are made up of a number of units which are related to a vocational area. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment criteria in order to pass.

How do I get onto an Entry Level 3 course?

There are no formal qualifications required but you will be expected to show a commitment to attending college and studying for a qualification and this will be demonstrated during an interview and at enrolment.


Most students will carry on learning and progress onto a Level 1 course. Some students choose to carry on learning in the workplace, gaining employment-based training.

Browse our Foundation courses