Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year Entry Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

Flexible, supported programmes tailored to young people. It is an integrated approach to education, designed to be delivered to learners with learning difficulties/learning disabilities, behaviour and emotional problems and historical disengagement from school.

Learners are initially assessed when joining the programme in all relevant areas, from that point an individual programme will be developed to suit their individual needs and goals.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

Our Foundation Learning Programme offers flexible and unique programmes to support young people’s development leading to:

• Further study in College

• Employment

• Voluntary and community activities

• Independent/supported living

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What’s next?

Learners will improve their skills and understanding in relation to those areas that act as a barrier to progression into further study, employment and positive engagement in the community.

These include:

• Personal Skills

• Social Skills

• Maths

• English

• Communication skills (verbal/non-verbal/ICT)

• Employability skills – including the relevance of work/positive impact of work/awareness of agencies who

can support with finding and maintaining work

• Independent living and life

• Confidence

• Self-awareness

• Making choices

• Target setting – reaching targ

Sports Development Centre

Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.