Overview of Foundation Learning
Foundation Learning is the national suite of learning for 14–19-year-old learners working predominantly at entry level or level 1. From 2013 has formed part of the 14–19 entitlement alongside Diplomas, Apprenticeships and general qualifications such as GCSEs and A levels.
Foundation Learning provides greater opportunities for progression, with learners and practitioners agreeing to develop a personalised programme towards an intended ‘destination’.
Most learners will progress to level 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. Qualifications that support Foundation Learning offer greater flexibility and opportunities for learners to accredit their learning in ‘bite-sized’ units. Foundation Learning should motivate and enable more young people, including many who are vulnerable or at risk of dropping out, to achieve greater economic and social well-being. It will reduce the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) or in jobs without training (JWT) and support preparations for the raising of the participation age.