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Foundation programmes

Everyone should have the chance to achieve their best. Find out about our foundation programmes for learners who need additional support.

Our foundation programmes meet the needs of a broad range of learners including those who may have disengaged from learning in the past or not achieved their full potential.

Level 1 foundation programmes are for learners who may have been disengaged from learning, underachieving, or unsure about their study choices.

  • Foundation - Tier 4: This programme is for learners who have been disengaged from learning or underachieving, and who want to try different vocational options. Learners will develop vocational and employability skills, including English and maths, digital literacy and citizenship learning. Work experience is part of this programme.

  • Foundation - Tier 5: This programme is for learners who need to develop their personal and social skills to achieve success. Learners will also take part in an introduction to a chosen vocational area at Level 1. The programme includes personal and social development, employability skills, work experience, English and maths, digital literacy and citizenship. 

Vocational foundation study routes

Learners can follow one of the following vocational routes available at each of our colleges. Please note, at Bracknell and Wokingham College, Foundation Programmes combine multiple subject areas and vocational routes.

  • Beauty therapy
  • Business
  • Computing
  • Childcare
  • Construction
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Hairdressing and barbering
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality and professional cookery
  • Media and gaming 
  • Motor vehicle
  • Performing and production arts
  • Protective services
  • Sports
  • Tourism 
  • Visual arts and design



Supported Foundation and SEND learners

Learners with special education needs and/or disabilities can study on Supported Foundation Programmes, which offer students the opportunity to develop in the exciting setting of a mainstream further education college.