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What Our Students Say

“The decision that made me pick between here and other places was when I came to the open day everyone was just really friendly and open, and it just felt like a really welcoming environment to be in.”


“So the tutors are great for a number of reasons – they’re casual, you don’t feel like you’re being forced to do anything that’s uncomfortable, they’re not strict, they’ll have a laugh with you if you want to and they know how to get stuff done when they need to if we’re on a bit of a time crunch, but they also know how to have a bit of fun and not put pressure on you – and they’re great, they’re always there to give you information if you need it for at-home tasks and they’re always on Google Hangouts to message you if you need anything and they get back to you really quickly.”


“Because I’ve got autism and I’d sometimes have trouble understanding things – because I need stuff breaking down into detail and explaining to me in a perfect way, in a much more understanding way, I have tutors that understand me a bit more.”


Did you know!

  • You can contact our Foundation Studies team by calling us on 0113 284 6682 or 0113 284 6675.

Course Information


Created for students with learning difficulties and disabilities , or who need support with managing emotions and behaviour, this work-focused course involves students gaining an introduction to the working world backed by valuable experience. Students will be supported by expert job coaches, and encouraged to progress. As you work through our programme and work placements, you will develop the skills that can be applied to any role within the working world. You will have the opportunity to gain highly sought-after work experience while also keeping a portfolio of your work and achievements, this is to support you with the end goal of gaining paid employment.

Who is this course for?

Foundation Studies courses are suited to anyone with disabilities, learning difficulties, or difficulty managing emotions and behavior. Our courses support you with progression by providing you with the skills needed in adulthood, specifically aimed at greater independence, supported living, and work related learning. Our courses are based at Joseph Priestley Centre, Beeston or Vine. We also run a next steps employment course that is based at a central site. This is an opportunity for learners to develop their work skills.

Benefits and skills

  • Development of your confidence in an organisational setting.
  • Work-based skills that are relevant to any role
  • The opportunity to work for recognised brands such as Leeds City Council, Entertainer Toy Shop, Leeds Cleansing Department and Leeds City College Estates. and National Express through a supported internship.
  • Alternative experiences for students not ready for a full supported internship course.
  • Access to an expert team of job coaches used to working with people at all levels.
  • Personalised support based on your individual needs.
  • Encouragement and support with progression.
  • Entry requirements

    Our courses are extremely personalised and are designed to support progression. These courses may be suitable if you have few or no formal qualifications.

    Course details

    Duration: 1 year
    Start Date: 09/09/2024
    Fees (16-18): No fee
    Study Type: Full time
    Course Code: 70854-01

    Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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