Foundation Learning Study Programme (FFDL)

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC252
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 1
Course type Full Time


Sometimes we all need a fresh start. We recognise that some students can often face setbacks that are sometimes difficult to overcome. Foundation Learning at Barnsley College can offer a fantastic opportunity to get your College career on track and maybe even on the road to employment. We will help you focus on personal development and the skills you need to help you thrive in a life at College or in a job.

This study programme will provide you with the essential skills required to enable personal development in preparation for life, learning and employment. It is a flexible study programme that gives you the opportunity to try different things at Entry Level or Level 1.


  • Tutorials – Time each week with an assigned mentor who will lead sessions and group discussions about topics of interest to you and pass on useful information.
  • Employability qualification – This will help you develop the skills needed to prepare for the world of work such as C.V. writing, job applications and interview techniques. You will also have the opportunity to complete work-related activities.
  • Maths and English – Functional Skills or GCSEs at the right level for you.
  • Vocational option – You will have the opportunity to get hands-on and try out other subject areas in College such as: Animal Care, Construction Crafts, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Horticulture and Sport.

How will it be delivered?

Mostly by assessment but some learners may take examinations in English and maths.

Entry requirements

You must be 16-18 years of age (or 19-25 with an Educational Health Care Plan).

Some 14-16 year olds may also be able to join the course.

Your next steps...

Many students go onto work towards a higher level qualification.