What is it? Foundation learning is one of the four learning routes for all 14-19 year olds (up to 25 for young people with assessments of learning difficulties). Foundation learning has been created to help young people aged 14 and over to progress to ‘level 2′ (GCSE A* to C or equivalent) and to employment. It is very flexible and can be tailored to suit the individual’s needs. Many students, especially aged 14-16, will follow a foundation learning programme alongside GCSE’s and other qualifications. Students undertaking foundation learning programmes have extra support with assessments, mentoring and information, advice and guidance.
Why choose Foundation Learning? Foundation learning offers you the time to grow in confidence and achieve the qualifications you need to succeed. For example, you may want to develop your functional skills at entry level even if you are already taking level 1 vocational or subject qualifications so that you have a sound foundation of essential skills. Foundation learning helps you work at your own pace, and to build up your skills in a range of different settings. If you are working at entry level and level 1, foundation learning will help you progress and make the most of your potential.
Where will Foundation Learning lead? You may progress onto an apprenticeship, GCSE’s, Diploma or a vocational qualification. Some young people will move onto employment, supported employment or independent living.