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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




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.

Foundation Learning

Apply now at


After leaving school

with few qualifications,

I started my learning

journey at entry level.

I’ve had so much

support whilst at College

from my tutors and

learning mentors to get

me through my maths

and English qualifications.

I really enjoyed my taster

sessions in Hairdressing,

so this year I’ve returned to

College to complete my

Diploma in Hairdressing.

I’m hoping to progress to

the Diploma in Beauty

Therapy at Level 2

next year


Louise Batey

Diploma in Hairdressing

(Level 1)