Foundation Learning

Don’t have the entry requirements to get on the course of your choice?

Didn’t get the GCSE grades you needed?

Or, has it been a while since you were at school and you need a fresh start?

If so then a Foundation Learning Programme may be for you!

Foundation Learning programmes at Derwentside College are offered at Entry Level and Level One. They will provide you with the opportunity to get your foot onto the ladder of your chosen learning pathway.  You will also develop your skills in a vocational area whilst working to build your core study skills including Maths and English.  We will also make it a priority to help you develop your employability skills, so you can successfully progress into further learning or the workplace.


Vocational Pathways include:

  • Care and Childcare

  • Catering and Hospitality

  • Construction

  • Engineering

  • Hairdressing


Entry Requirements:

There are no formal entry qualifications required. You will be asked to complete an initial assessment so we can identify what level you are currently working at.  The programme will then be designed to meet your learning needs and ensure you are able to achieve qualifications which will help you to progress.


Progression Opportunities:

Upon success completion of a Foundation Learning Programme you will be able to progress onto a Level 2 Study programme in your chosen vocational pathway or into a work based Apprenticeship.