Foundation studies

Everyone should have the chance to achieve their best. Find out about our foundation programmes for learners who need additional support.

Our foundation programmes support learners to progress onto vocational career pathways within Activate Learning.

A Level 1 Foundation qualification is an accredited and widely-recognised qualification. Level 1 is split into tiers, aimed at learners who may have been disengaged from learning, underachieving, or who are unsure about their study choices.

During the one- or two-year programme, learners are able to try different vocational options or specialise in a chosen subject area. Our students also develop employability skills and continue their studies in either GCSEs or Functional Skills English, Maths and digital literacy where required. The programme includes citizenship and personal and social development, as well as work experience opportunities.

Foundation Tier 4

This programme is for learners who have been disengaged from learning or are underachieving, and who want to try different vocational options. Learners will develop vocational and employability skills, including English and maths, digital literacy and citizenship learning. Work experience is part of this programme.

Foundation Tier 5

This programme is for learners who need to develop their personal and social skills to achieve success. Learners will also take part in an introduction to a chosen vocational area at Level 1. The programme includes personal and social development, employability skills, work experience, English and maths, digital literacy and citizenship.

Supported Foundation and SEND learners

As well as the Foundation Studies programmes, learners with special education needs and/or disabilities can also study on Supported Foundation Programmes, which offer them the opportunity to work towards achieving their education, health and care plan outcomes, within the exciting environment of a Further Education college.

Additional Learning Support

If you have additional learning needs and are looking to study a higher level qualification, we can organise and implement a wide range of support programmes, each tailored to the individual learner.

Foundation study routes

Learners can follow one of the following routes:


  • Animal care
  • Business and ICT
  • Construction
  • Creative Crafts
  • ESOL
  • Hair and beauty
  • Health and childcare
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Motor vehicle