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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.

Foundation Skills Programme Newsletters

» October 2017
» November 2017


Our daughter has really benefited from her time on the Foundation Skills Programme. She has matured and developed a range of skills for living. The department staff have been really good at tailoring the programme to ensure that each student reaches their full potential.

Mrs and Mrs B

My son has been on the Foundation Skills Programme for the last couple of years. In this time I have not only seen a big change academically but socially as well. Not only I have, but my family and friends have also seen the positive impact the department has had on him. The change in him has been amazing and it is such a shame his course is coming to an end this year. I would like to take the time to thank all of the staff and support staff for all of their help and support.

Mrs W

My daughter is now in her second year at Bedford College and I can honestly say that due to all of the help and support that she has received on the FSP course, it has completely changed her life. When my daughter first started she had been out of school for 18 months due to not being able to cope with the bullying from the children and teachers at her previous school. She would not go anywhere without being by my side and even then I would not go anywhere with too many people. She is now walking around town with her friends, she also catches the bus into Bedford on her own and she has even made trips to central Milton Keynes with a friend on the bus. She now has many friends and she enjoys socializing and loves helping others to make friends. The prom last year was a great success for all of the pupils that I spoke to and she had a great time helping to organize it to make it a successful night. Eighteen months ago, she would not have even walked past a building with lots of people near it, let alone go in and enjoy herself. She has also taken her maths exam and has passed it and is currently in the middle of her English exams getting lots of lovely feedback from her tutors. I would like all staff members within the Stansfield building to know how thankful I am for all of their help. I would never have thought my daughter could be the confident young lady she has become.

Mrs H

Entry requirements

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

Course content

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, Carpentry, Motor Vehicle, Animal Care, Drama, Catering and Business.

Assessment methods

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

Further study and career options

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

Additional information

This is a full-time course which runs over three years, dependent upon your ability level upon entry. The course starts in September of each year and you will need to attend college four days a week. To take part in this course you will be required to pay a fee of £30 towards any trips.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 3 years 10/09/2018 Call 01234 291000 for details. Cauldwell Street X380

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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.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

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