Young people on Foundation Learning follow personalised programmes that are tailored to their particular needs, interests and aspirations – focusing on helping them to achieve their intended destination – such as GCSEs, level 2 college courses, Apprenticeships or skilled work. In some cases a young person’s programme may be more about working towards supported employment or independent living.

Personalised programmes should incorporate three key components:

  • vocational/subject learning
  • personal and social development
  • functional skills.

The design of specific programmes is based on initial assessment and includes advice, assessment and support.

Programmes lead to a mix of small, flexible qualifications, mainly drawn from the Qualifications and Credit Framework plus Functional Skills, to enable young people to progress in the way they wish.