King James' School

Foundation Learning Programme


Foundation Learning qualifications include QCF (Qualification and Credit Framework) qualifications and Functional Skills. Foundation Learning should motivate and enable more young people to achieve greater economic and social well-being. The emphasis of the Foundation Course is on progression.

  • Learners will be operating predominantly at Entry Level or Level 1 and will follow a varied programme taking a combination of vocational/subject qualifications on the QCF, personal and social development qualifications on the QCF and English and Maths. There is also a range of other learning, e.g. Life Skills, Cooking, DT, Enterprise, ICT and PE.


Entry requirements for students applying to this course at King James’s School

The learning programme encompasses three distinct components: subject or vocational knowledge, skills and understanding; functional skills in English, mathematics and ICT; personal and social development learning. In order to access the Foundation course in a mainstream setting at King James’s School, learners should:

  • be working between the top of Entry Level 1 and the bottom of Entry Level 3 before they apply (or National Curriculum Level 2C and above in Maths and English).

  • be able to control and manage their own behaviour appropriately in a setting where they will encounter other young people between the ages of 11-18.

  • be able to process and follow simple instructions without the need for an adult to re-inforce them 1:1.

  • be able to work independently for a certain amount of time, once the task has been set, without the need for close adult supervision or support.

  • have a basic understanding and ability to interact socially with their peers.

  • be able to cope with change and a busy, highly stimulating environment.

  • be able to regulate their behaviour and their language around the site and in class.

  • be willing and able to accept adult advice and guidance in order to help them manage their behaviour.

  • be able to work with others in a group of between 5-10 students.

  • be expected to wear the King James’s School uniform.

Most learners will progress to level 1/2 (Diplomas, Apprenticeships, GCSEs), others to independent living or supported employment. With the right level of support all but a very small minority of learners will have the capacity to progress to positive outcomes.

Foundation Learning Programme