Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning Study Programme

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The course can be tailored to an individual's needs and can start at anytime throughout the year. The length of the course will depend on the individual tailored programme.

Entry requirements

You must be 16-18 years of age (or 19-25 with an Educational Health Care Plan).
Some 14-16 year olds may also be able to join the course.

You will achieve

  • You will achieve an Award/Certificate or Diploma in Skills for Employment and Further Learning OR Employability Skills Level 1.
  • Functional skills or GCSE in English and Maths.

Course overview

This study programme will provide you with the essential skills required to enable personal development in preparation for life, learning and employment. It is a flexible study programme that  gives you the opportunity to try different things at Entry Level or Level 1.


Course content

Your course will include:

  • Tutorials – Time each week with an assigned mentor who will lead sessionsand group discussions about topics of interest to you and pass on useful information.
  • Employability qualification – This will help you develop the skills needed to prepare for the world of work such as C.V. writing, job applications and interview techniques. You will also have the opportunity to complete work-related activities.
  • Maths and English – Functional Skills or GCSEs at the right level for you.
  • Vocational option ;

The vocational options we can offer are the following;

  • Art & Design
  • Engineering
  • Animal care
  • Catering
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Media
  • Sport

Mostly by assessment but some learners may take examinations in English and Maths.

You will require a ring binder and pens.

Eastgate House Campus
S70 2EX

Many students go onto work towards a higher level qualification.

How much does the course cost?

This course is free.

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Foundation Learning Study Programme

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