Foundation learning courses give students the opportunity to learn at college in a supported environment and prepare them to move onto their next step. If you are unsure about your future career or feel you need time and support to develop the right skills for a full-time vocational course or an apprenticeship, this unique programme of study is the right choice for you.
Trips and visits
As a foundation learning student, you will take part in a range of enriching activities to help you develop your confidence and prepare you for your next step.
Work experience is a key component of your course and you will be given help and guidance in finding the right placement for you. Engaging with employers will give you a valuable insight into the world of work and develop your employability skills.
As a foundation learning student, you may have the opportunity to visit some of our partner employers to gain valuable knowledge of a range of workplaces.
Every pathway course has its own fantastic industry links. For instance, our construction department has good relationships with national companies including Taylor Wimpey and David Wilson Homes. Hairdressing and Beauty also have strong links with Wella and Dermalogica.
Some of our foundation students run the Novel Bite Cafe in Winsford library. You may get the opportunity to participate in this real-life working environment.
16-18 Years Old
If you are leaving school and don't feel quite ready to start a college course, our foundation learning courses offer a stepping stone qualification to help you gain the required entry standards or to adjust to college life before accessing a full-time vocational course. As part of your course, you will have the opportunity to take part in valuable work experience, work towards English and maths qualifications, and take part in taster lessons in your chosen course area.
Meet our students
I love coming to college and have made lots of new friends. I really enjoy studying IT and plan to work as an IT Engineer in the future. The tutors are exceptional and have helped me to improve my confidence massively to believe my dream job is possible.”Luke Hart, current Entry 3 Vocational Studies student, decided to study at Warrington & Vale Royal College after attending one of our open evenings and feeling comfortable in such a supportive environment. Former Padgate Academy student, is now thriving on his course and says his confidence and motivation have improved massively.
Meet our tutors
Esther Gundry, Course Leader for Vocational Studies, has been teaching at Warrington & Vale Royal College for 15 years.
Esther loves supporting her students in developing their confidence to choose their next step. She says: "The course provides students with the key knowledge and skills they need to move forward. The best part of my role is seeing students achieve their goals and move onto their next step with a smile on their face. It's fantastic being able to develop a rapport with my students and watch them make progress."
Foundation Learning's Progress Coach, Mandi Dixon has worked at the college for 22 years.
"I can honestly tell you, I absolutely love my job. The students and their parents are what makes my job worthwhile.
The team I work with are great and we work well together to support our students. No two days are the same! I really enjoy working with the students and seeing them develop and progress within college. At the end of the day, that's what I'm here for!"