Foundation Learning

Foundation learning offers courses for students who need more individual support to achieve an Entry and Foundation Level qualification. The courses allow students to build on essential skills and general education and get experience in vocational areas.

These courses are great as a preparation for students who are not yet ready to commit to a full vocational course or to go into employment. Students who feel they have not got the grades they needed at school will be able to take further development in English, Number and Information Technology with different forms and qualifications.

All courses under Level 2 (GCSE Level) are now part of the Foundation Learning Tier (FLT).

Foundation Level Tier courses allow learners to build a personalised learning package, using both their own goals and tutors’ assessment of their skills profile. This will include a vocational qualification, either focused on a particular area or a taster of several different areas.

This is supported by functional skills in Maths, English and ICT and Personal and Social Development qualifications. Students will get a full support service which will help them to assess their skills, regularly review their progress, and work towards goals they can achieve.

Foundation Learning Students in Enterprise Cup Competition!

As part of the Entry 3 and Level 1 Foundation Learning Work Skills certificate the students have devised a ‘product’ each to sell in competition to each other.

Whichever of the four groups manages to make the greatest profit, after taking away all costs, will be presented with an Enterprise cup!

The profits will be divided between a charity of their choice and a contribution towards the end of year visit to Thorpe Park for students who are struggling to pay for the trip.

“I chose to come to Sussex Downs because I have difficulty in writing and I can get support here. I really enjoy my link course. I attend ‘create your own website’ and hope to work in IT and editing.”

“I like the college because it is friendly, and I like my teachers. When I leave college I want to work in catering. We learn lots of English and ICT work on my course.”

Students rethink rubbish

The Rethink Rubbish team visited the college to work with Foundation Learning students during February as part of General Foundation students’ work towards a recycling unit on their City and Guilds Skills for Working Life Diploma.

In addition to this visit, students have created a recycling collection point on the first floor of Grove House. They have plans for establishing similar facilities in the student common room at Tyler House.

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