Welcome to the Foundation Learning Department

The Foundation Learning team at Yeovil College offer a variety of courses that are individually tailored for adults and school leavers with additional needs. The College has an excellent track record of successfully supporting these students and many progress on to other programmes of education and/or employment. Students learn in small, friendly groups with high levels of support.

The team work very closely with students and ensure that they receive the support, guidance and care to learn new independent skills and gain knowledge and confidence to prepare them for the world of work!

Students are encouraged to learn a variety of new skills in classrooms and kitchen areas on the college campus, as well as taking part in a variety of projects, a residential weekend and the famous Ten Tors challenge!

Courses Available

Full-time courses

We offer a project-based curriculum where full-time students learn vocational and life skills in a realistic environment, including at our new Centre for Independent Living. This can enable the transition from education to work and could offer routes for some students into mainstream education. We have a strong commitment to the improvement of Functional Skills (Maths and English) and the achievement of personal goals. The curriculum is based on the needs of our students and can change from year to year.

  • Transition to Work
  • Work Progression
  • Work Preparation Programme
  • Independent Living Skills

  • Project Search!

    Launched in 2013 thanks to a grant from Somerset County Council, Project Search is an exciting new opportunity for Yeovil College students who are aged 18 and over with learning difficulties/disabilities. The project aims to prepare students for full-time work and support them to find a job.

    Students become interns based at Yeovil District Hospital, where they learn a variety of skills in three different departments over the year of the course. During their time at the Hospital, students are supported by a tutor and a job coach, who also supports them as they look for paid employment.

    Project Search is a worldwide programme specifically designed to support learners with additional needs into full time paid employment. While this cannot be guaranteed, the project has a very successful record of securing employment for interns.

    Watch this film to hear from current Project Search students and Yeovil District Hospital about the project!

    Entry Requirements

    There are no qualification entry requirements for this course. However, learners must be able to:

  • Maintain appropriate behaviour and social skills in the workplace
  • Be road safe and able to use public transport to get to Yeovil Hospital from home
  • Be fit enough to work for at least 4 hours a day in the department
  • Have independent personal hygiene rules
  • Agree that this is the last year of education and to be willing to move into the world of work on completion of the course

  • Career Prospectus

    This course will help you develop skills which will enable you to gain employment in the future. You are not guaranteed a job at Yeovil Hospital on completion of the course. However, you will learn real work skills during your internships which will help you to gain employment in your chosen career in the future. Project search also works closely with the Aspire team to help support your search for work on completing the course.

    We are currently working with partners Yeovil District Hospital and ASPIRE, a dedicated employment support provider for adults with learning disabilities. We hope to work with other organisations in the future.

    For More Information

    If you would like to know more, please contact Lorraine Burchell on 01935 845338 or email lorraine.burchell@yeovil.ac.uk or Shaun France on 01935 845353 or email shaun.france@yeovil.ac.uk

    Students' Achievements

    Each year we celebrate all our students’ achievements with a celebration evening during the college’s festival fortnight. All students and staff have great fun in planning and taking part on the evening and a very special opportunity to see how much progress everyone has made.

    Independent Living Skills Centre

    Our brand new Centre for Independent Living Skills opened in autumn 2013. The Centre was completed thanks to a £300,000 grant, supported by Dorset County Council as part of a Government pledge to support all students into training, work and a fully active. The Centre has been specifically designed to extend and improve existing resources for students with additional and specialist learning needs. The innovative two storey centre enables students to develop the personal skills to live independently and, potentially, employability skills too. Find out more on the Centre for Independent Living Skills page.

    What next?

    Call the Faculty of Preparation for Life and Work on 01935 845353 or 01935 845338.