Foundation & Entry Courses

Foundation & Entry Courses

Your programme will promote independence and enable you to make good progress towards employment, independent living, good health and participating in the community.
The Foundation Learning Department offers specialist support for a wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities and student courses are individually planned to suit individual needs

Rebecca Luff

I came to Queen Mary’s College to explore the opportunities and further my education. In Foundation Learning I enjoyed Cooking, Enterprise, English, Maths and Employability. My next step is to progress to Level 2 Health and Social Care. In the future I would like to work in a nursery for my career. The College has given me more confidence and independence, as I can do a lot for myself and ask the teachers when I need to. I feel good about my achievements and learning new things about life. – Samuel Cody Sports School

Foundation Learning - Progression

Course Summary

The Progression course aims to develop your experience of vocational studies. The programme is aimed at building the skills and confidence to enable you to move on to mainstream Level 2 courses or into employment. The course includes accredited units at Level 1. These units will be part of the BTEC Vocational studies suite of Level 1 qualification. You will also study English and Maths at an appropriate level and build up a work experience portfolio.

The programme will also enable you to make good progress towards employment, independent living, good health and participation in the community. There will also be an emphasis on study and employability skills which will support you to make the next step in your life. The course will consist of a number of elements including tasters of some of our level 2 subjects (Media, Art and Design, Business Studies, Health and Social Care and Performing Arts).

Specific Entry Requirements

We would expect students to have completed some study at an Entry 3 Level.

Progression Skills and Opportunities

After this programme you could progress to Level 2 mainstream courses, the Foundation Learning Pathways to Employment course, Supported Internships, Traineeships or employment.

How is the course assessed?

You will study English and Maths at an appropriate level.

You will also take BTEC qualifications as part of your programme.

What topics will I be studying?

  • English and Maths
  • Business Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Media
  • Employability

Foundation Learning - Entry Programme

Course Summary

The Entry programme aims to develop independence, well-being and employability skills. At QMC you will have a programme which is aimed at supporting you on your first steps towards becoming an independent adult. We have a friendly and committed team of staff who provide support and reassurance when you need it and empowerment when you want to do things for yourself.

We have our own dedicated classrooms based in the modern Spectrum building and we also make use of the wide range of facilities available in a large mainstream college. This includes excellent sports facilities such as fitness suite, sports hall, swimming pool and sports pitches. We also have our own theatre. Basingstoke town centre is only ten minutes away, giving us lots of opportunities to participate in the local community.

Your programme will promote independence and enable you to make good progress towards employment, independent living, good health and participation in the community. You will study literacy and numeracy at an appropriate level and will also build up a work experience portfolio. You will study a range of accredited units which are part of the Gateway suite of entry level qualifications.

Specific Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements.

Progression Skills and Opportunities

After this programme you could progress to other Foundation Learning programmes:

  • Pathways to Employment
  • Progression

You could also progress onto Supported Internships, Traineeships or employment.

What topics will I be studying?

  • English and Maths
  • Promoting good health
  • Community participation including citizenship
  • Employability
  • Independent living
  • There is also the opportunity to do swimming, PE, drama and art

Fact File

  • Five days a week
  • English and Maths at an appropriate level
  • Work experience

Foundation Learning - Pathways to Employment

Course Summary

The Pathways to Employment programme is aimed at building the skills and confidence to enable you to move into employment or a Supported Internship. The course includes working towards accredited units in Employability in addition to developing independence, well-being and community participation. You will also study English and Maths at an appropriate level and build up a substantial work experience portfolio.

You will have the opportunity to experience different work placements, building up to being in placement for two days a week in work.

The programme will enable you to make good progress towards employment, independent living, good health and participation in the community. There will also be an emphasis on developing employability skills which will support you to make the next step in your life.

Specific Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Progression Skills and Opportunities

After this programme you could progress to Supported Internships, Traineeships or employment.

How is the course assessed?

You will study English and Maths at an appropriate level.
You will also take accredited units in Employability

What topics will I be studying?

  • English and Maths

  • Employability

  • Independent living

  • Well being

  • Community participation

Any Questions?

The Head of Department, Lianne Wright will be happy to help.

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