Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning Courses are designed for students aged 16-24 with learning difficulties or special learning needs.

We offer 4 different ‘Pathways to Adulthood’ courses ranging from pre-entry level to Level 1:

1. Life skills – For learners with more complex needs. Focus is on developing greater independence skills to manage everyday life; exercise therapy, emotional literacy, communication, sensory stories, ICT.

2. Independent Living - focus on developing independent living skills: managing money, personal safety, cookery and home skills, travel skills, health, wellbeing and citizenship.

3. Personal and Social Development – Focus on developing social skills, managing anxiety, emotional literacy, health and wellbeing, preparation for work, managing money, working with others and community action.

4. Preparation for Employment and Supported Internships – For learners who have developed the independence and social skills to enter the workplace. Large work placement element.

The programme of study will include a mixture of classroom, practical and enriching activities.

As a Foundation Learning student, you will find that your unique needs are met and you’ll gain new skills which will help you succeed in the future. As well as making new friends, you will work alongside a fully supportive and dedicated team who will ensure you gain new skills, experience and confidence.

As a student you will benefit from:

  • 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
  • English & maths
  • North East Sport Academy - Pan Disability Football Academy

Like to know more?

If you have any questions about studying Foundation Learning at TyneMet, contact Beverley Bryson-Smith on 0191 229 5312 or

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