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Foundation Learning

Nescot’s Foundation Learning department offers a wide range of qualifications aimed at supporting students to achieve their full potential. Some of our programmes are aimed at students with learning difficulties and disabilities, and others have been developed for young people who left school with few or no formal qualifications.

Available courses

The Foundation Learning Department

The Foundation Learning Department is a purpose built self-contained environment which allows students to feel safe in a big college but to feel part of the Nescot community.  The courses are for students who have mild to moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

    What You Can Expect
    • Excellent transition arrangements with many local schools, which helps to reduce any anxiety caused by moving and starting college.
    • Work experience individually with one of our local employers or as a group in one of our social enterprises. This includes the student-run café and shop at Nescot, weekly cafés organised by students in St John’s and St Mary’s church halls in Ewell, and our partnership with National Trust property Polesden Lacey.
    • Every programme leads to an externally accredited qualification - real evidence of your success that you can take to any employer or college in the country.
    Our Staff

    The Foundation Learning Department is staffed by an experienced, innovative team who will help you develop and reach your full potential.

    Our Facilities
    • Modern classrooms with state of art technology.
    • Practical working environments supporting the development of vocational skills.
    • Secure environment accommodating students with complex needs.

    Students have gained employment at various local employers including Chessington World of Adventures, Screwfix, The Longmead Centre and Woodruffe Stables.

    Photograph of a Nescot student

    I had spent a year with the training salon but working in Innovations is fantastic experience, it is great to be in a professional setting and getting practical skills. My job coach has really helped me develop and grow. And the salon manager has given me more responsibilities round the salon, including meet-and-greet and preparing equipment.

    Photograph of a Nescot student

    I’ve learnt lots of different things this year. We’ve learnt a lot about communication, how to travel independently and mindfulness, which is when you stay calm and relaxed. I really like Seasons Hub, which is where we can eat our lunch and talk to our friends.

    Hear from our students