Foundation in FE

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Gain a stepping stone in further education with the Foundation in FE course. Ideal for young people requiring additional support when transitioning from school to college, this course helps them work towards and achieve their personal goals.

Course Information

Learn and thrive in a smaller college environment with this rewarding course at Somerville House. Designed for students with social, emotional or mental health needs - or an Education, Health and Care Plan (ECHP) - it's the perfect way to ease yourself into full-time, further education studying. You will work towards Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA) targets, and will improve your English and maths, all while being supported to carry out work experience and work towards your future. You’ll even have access to a life skills kitchen where you can learn habits and tips to prepare for living independently.


Who is this course for?

Foundation in FE is a full-time course for students aged 16-18 who may have missed some of their schooling, due to ill health or challenging personal circumstances. Students may also have not achieved the grades they need to progress, or may not know what route they’d like to take in the future.

Units / Modules

Students will work towards non-accredited RARPA targets alongside maths and English qualifications. Students can choose to complete this programme over one or two years.

Benefits / Skills

  • Sample a vocational course to support transition into wider college
  • Develop maths and English skills
  • Take part in a work placement
  • Improve problem solving and team building abilities
  • Increase your overall confidence
  • Receive support with career progression

Assessment Types

Students will be assessed as part of a RARPA portfolio and GCSE examinations.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, but students will be asked to complete a maths and English assessment so we can place them on the correct pathway.

Career Progression

Students on this course can progress into further study or work.

Course Details


1 or 2 years full-time

Study Type

Full time

Start Date


Course Code


Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Course Facts

Labour Market

Students on this course can try different vocational sessions before deciding what they would like to do in the future

Trips and Opportunities

Students will be supported by specialist staff to transition into courses within the wider college


Students on this course will gain the skills they need to be successful at higher levels of study.

The Supported Engagement Programmes
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