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Foundation Skills Programme

If you have just left school and have a learning difficulty or need extra support to help you improve your prospects and progress to further study or a career, this flexible programme will enable you to choose a range of subjects that best suit your individual needs and interests. This course is specifically designed for 16-18 year olds.

Entry requirements

You do not need any qualifications or experience to start this course, but you must have evidence of good attendance at school.

Course content

During this course you can study a variety of topics depending on your ability and long-term aims, including:

  • English and maths
  • Community
  • Independent living skills
  • Enterprise
  • Tutorial and PSHE
  • Work preparation
  • Undertake a supported work placement arranged by our dedicated Employment Co-ordinator
  • Access a vocational option that includes: Art & Media, Childcare/Health & Social Care, Carpentry, Motor Vehicle, Animal Care, Drama, Catering and Business.

Assessment methods

Most subjects are continually assessed and you will need to keep a portfolio of your work, which will be examined by external verifiers.

Further study and career options

This course will significantly increase your options and you may go on to work-based training or continue your education/training at Bedford College.

Additional information

This is a full-time course which runs over three years, dependent upon your ability level upon entry. The course starts in September of each year and you will need to attend college four days a week. To take part in this course you will be required to pay a fee of £30 towards any trips.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 3 years 11/09/2017 Call 01234 291000 for details. Cauldwell Street X380

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Part-time course already started?

Our upcoming 2017-18 Part-time Course Guide will be out in May.
You can request a copy via the form below...

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

Accessibility
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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