Foundation Learning


For those with learning difficulties or special learning needs, it’s incredibly important to find the right college with a strong support framework to support the young person’s next step. That’s why for students aged 16 to 24, we offer a unique package of Foundation Learning with four different ‘Pathways to Adulthood’ courses, ranging from pre-entry level to level 1. With a mixture of classroom, practical and enriching activities, our aim is to equip students with skills, confidence, an opportunity to meet new friends and explore new opportunities at a pace that feels right for them.

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We’re now working in partnership with Skills Builder to offer the Skills Builder Universal Framework for all students with special educational needs in order for them to Prepare for Adulthood.

The Skills Builder Framework aims to build a set of essential skills to succeed in life.

The essential skills are defined as: Listening, Speaking, Problem Solving, Creativity, Staying Positive, Aiming High, Leadership and Teamwork.

Through the Skills Builder Framework, we can support our students to understand their existing skills and identify gaps they might have as well as see what progress looks like by getting to know what the next steps are to improve their essential skills further.


This programme is suitable for students with Special Educational Needs who need further support in developing their individual skills whilst preparing for adulthood


This programme will help prepare students who want to follow a career in service industries but are not yet ready for mainstream programmes.


This programme is suitable for those students who have not yet reached the academic level required to study at Level 2 and above and need support to develop educational and/or resilience skills to cope in mainstream environment.


This programme is suitable for those students who wish to progress directly into employment.

  • Excellent teaching and support through small class sizes
  • Planned and supported transition from school to college
  • Individual learning plans and targets
  • Vocational tasters
  • Work experience
  • Enterprise skills
  • Access to speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • Key English and Maths sessions
  • North East Sports Academy with the chance to get involved in the Pan-disability Football Academy alongside studies.

Simply put, we make sure they have the best experience possible, so they can be the best they can be in the future

Complete your details below to apply for our Foundation Learning courses.

We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision about where the person you care for studies after leaving school. To make sure we provide the right support and guidance for the person you care for, we recommend you come along to one of our events.

You can also get in touch with our tutors Sarah and Heidi who can help support:

Sarah Carter-Dowding

Heidi Seager 

View our events here.

Can a young person access vocational options?
Yes, some of our delivery is through vocational options, or if they want to spend time in a specific area that can be arranged. Examples of some vocational options include: hairdressing, beauty, catering, construction plus others.
How many hours a week will the course run?
The course is 17.5 hours per week, usually over 3.5 days.
My young person suffers from anxiety, can they follow a reduced timetable?
Depending on individual needs, we can arrange for a reduced timetable, with a view to increasing this in time.
What are the progression opportunities?

We have a number of different options; a young person may remain with us for more than a year, depending on their need.  Or they can progress to mainstream, either a skills based course such as catering or hairdressing, or a more vocational route such as health and social care, media, or any other suitable course.

They may progress onto our supported internship and move on to paid employment.

A small number of our students will progress to Adult Social Care.

Can young people get transport to college?
If the young person is an independent traveller, there is a bus pass option.  For those young people who are not independent travellers, and have an EHCP, transport can be arranged through your local authority.

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