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Foundation Skills Programme

Foundation Education Bedford College Students


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.

On this course you will increase your confidence, independence and employability. You will be well supported to transition from your current educational setting to college, and then onto your next steps. You will be able to explore your interests, strengths and aspirations, and make informed choices for your future.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

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

What qualification will I gain?

Gateway Entry 3 Extended Certificate in Skills for Independent Living, English and maths GCSE or functional skills (depending upon current working level and prior attainment).

How will I be assessed?

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

There will be exams for English and maths.

Course content

What will I study?

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, Animal Care, Sport, Hair and Beauty.

Next steps

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

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, or contact

Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 3 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 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.