The Foundation Learning department offers a hands-on educational experience with courses suited for students seeking to earn entry-level qualifications, retake courses to receive improved grades or pursue a study programme with provided extra learning support due to additional learning needs.
We have access to a range of learning areas including equine, animal care, agriculture and horticulture across our York, Middlesbrough and Newton Rigg campuses.
A General Further Education course is also available if your interests are not in land‑based subjects.
We offer courses at a variety of levels:
Entry One if you have an EHCP, highly complex needs and are aged 16 – 19 years (19+ if they have an EHCP)
Entry Level The Entry Level Programmes are for anyone with no formal qualifications who wants to progress in life and work in a vocational area. We welcome applications from students who need more support or have learning difficulties or disabilities and/or an Educational Health Care Plan.
Level 1 Take your first steps on the career ladder and study a Level 1 Land-Based Programme with us. We focus on practical skills, but we will also develop your academic skills over the year. With a choice of pathways in Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal care or Equine.
Stepping Stone and Level 2 We offer Level 2 Stepping Stone or full level 2 in Animal Care or Horticulture. After a year of study at Level 1, many of our students progress onto Level 2. This can be either in the mainstream section of the college or within the Foundation section. However, for those students who are not quite ready, we are able to offer a unique opportunity to study on our Stepping Stone Programme.
For an overview of the Foundation Learning Offer see our booklet in PDF here
For an informal chat or interview or to book onto one of our Taster Days or Information Evenings, contact the Foundation Department on
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