Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies is for students who may have a learning difficulty or require extra support to access education working from Entry Level 1 to
Level 1.

We provide a supported learning environment, independent living skills and employability skills. All of the courses run for one year.

There are opportunities to progress within the department and on to a Vocational Programme of study at BCA. Career opportunities can include progression on to employment or supported employment in retail, animal care and conservation/horticulture.

WHY CHOOSE BCA?

BCA has an excellent campus which Foundation Studies students have full use of for all subjects. Foundation Studies provides supportive and engaging opportunities. Class sizes are smaller to meet the needs of the students. There are a wide range of work experience opportunities (on and off site) which include the BCA Shop which is managed and run by the Foundation Studies department. There is a large scope for outdoor practical learning opportunities.

Career opportunities can include progressing on to employment or supported employment in retail, hospitality, animal care and conservation/horticulture.

At BCA we work alongside Buckinghamshire Children & Young People’s Partnership. To find out more, please click here.

Available Courses

  • Level E1 Introduction to Personal Progress (Higher Support Needs)

    About the course

    This course is designed to meet the needs of learners with severe learning difficulties (SLD) who will benefit from 1:2/1:2 support.

    Progression

    If successful, students will be encouraged to progress on to the Entry 1 – Developing Personal Progress (Lower Support Needs) course.

    Entry Requirements

    Students must be working at milestone 7 or above in maths and English and be able to work towards becoming more independent accessing all areas of the campus. Suitability for the programme will be assessed on an individual basis, at interview and during the first six weeks of the programme.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level E1 Developing Personal Progress (Lower Support Needs)

    About the course

    This course is designed to meet the needs of learners with severe to moderate learning difficulties who will benefit from 1:2/1:3 support.

    Progression

    If successful, students will be encouraged to progress on to the Entry 2 – Learning for Life and Work course.

    Entry Requirements

    Students must be working at Milestone 8 or towards Entry Level 1 in maths and English. Students must be able to work towards accessing all areas of the campus as independently as possible. Suitability for the programme will be assessed on an individual basis, at interview and during the first six weeks of the programme.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level E2 Pathway Towards Independence, Learning and Employability

    About the course

    This course will provide the opportunity to progress the students’ personal, social and employability skills in a supportive environment.

    Progression

    Students may progress on the Entry 3 Towards Learning course or the Entry 3 Towards Independence and Work course.

    Entry Requirements

    Students must be working at Entry 1 or above in maths and English and should be able to access the campus independently (depending on individual need). Suitability for the programme will be assessed on an individual basis, at interview and during the first six weeks of the programme.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level E3 Towards Learning

    About the course

    The course will provide learners the opportunity to study a specific vocational area, employability skills and personal development with the aim of them becoming more independent learners.

    The course combines classroom based lessons and outdoor practical activities.

    Progression

    Students may progress to Level 1 – Progression for Learning or Level 1 Progression for Work or into employment.

    Entry Requirements

    Students will have a desire to progress towards learning and employment opportunities and be working at Entry 2 or above in maths and English. Students should be able to access the campus independently. Suitability for the programme will be assessed on an individual basis, at interview and during the first six weeks of the programme.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level E3 Towards Independence and Work

    About the course

    The course will provide learners the opportunity to study employability and life skills in a supportive environment. The course combines classroom based lessons and practical activities both indoor and outdoor, and in the community.

    Learners will study employability skills and some will have the opportunity to do work experience (on and off site).

    Progression

    Students may progress to Level 1 – Progression for Learning or Level 1 Progression for Work or into employment.

    Entry Requirements

    Students will have a desire to progress towards learning and employment opportunities and be working at entry 2 or above in maths and English. Students should be able to access the campus independently. Suitability for the programme will be assessed on an individual basis, at interview and during the first six weeks of the programme.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level 1 Progression for Learning

    About the course

    This course is for students with moderate learning difficulties who need a year at college to improve their confidence and independent learning skills before accessing the mainstream vocational courses or other further education opportunities.

    Progression

    If applicable progression will be on to a Level 1 or 2 vocational course or other further educational opportunity. This is based on an individual assessment.

    Entry Requirements

    Students must be working towards at E3 or above for maths and English and have the ability to be independent on campus. Suitability for the programme will be assessed on an individual basis, at interview and during the first six weeks of the programme.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level 1 Progression for Work

    About the course

    The course will provide learners the opportunity to study employability and life skills in a supportive environment. The course combines classroom based lessons and practical activities both indoor and outdoor, and in the community.

    Learners will study employability skills and some will have the opportunity to do work experience.

    Progression

    Students may progress into employment, supported employment and internships or an intermediate apprenticeship if suitable.

    Entry Requirements

    Students must be working towards at E3 or above for maths and English and have the ability to be independent on campus. Suitability for the programme will be assessed on an individual basis, at interview and during the first six weeks of the programme.

    Course Duration

    One Year