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Foundation Learning (16+)

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Download Foundation Learning factsheet

Foundation Learning provides a personalised, tailored programme of qualifications to enable young people to build up credits of achievement at entry level or level 1.

There are no formal entry requirements and the programme is designed to support you to progress at your own pace, build confidence and progress towards your next goal, whether that's further education, an apprenticeship, supported employment or independent living.

It is often called a guided choice, and schools will discuss places on foundation learning programmes with students and their parents.

Examples of foundation learning programmes include:

  • Pathway to work and Independent Living (entry level, level 1 and level 2) at York College.
  • Land-based Studies (level 1) at Askham Bryan College
  • Work-related programme – personalised programmes from entry level to level 3.

Hints and tips

As these are vocational courses, you need to think carefully about what areas of work interest you.
The colleges offer 'taster days' in addition to open days/evenings. These are a great way to explore what the courses involve before you make your decision.


Foundation Learning Programme Offer

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Steps to Success

Download this guide for parents/carers and young people in Year 11, to help you plan your future post-16