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Adult Education Advice Event | Tuesday 16 July | 4.30-6.30pm
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Welcome foundation studies applicants!

You have made a great decision choosing West Notts!

Guided campus tour

Get a glimpse into the facilities you will be using as a foundation studies student at West Notts College.

Meet the teachers

Get to know to know a bit more about your teachers before you join us.


FAQs - foundation studies courses

The following information will hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into what it will be like to be a student with us.

  • Where will I study?

    All of our Foundation Studies are based at our Derby Road site.

  • What is it like?

    The college is a professional environment intended to prepare you to work in industry. As such we expect behaviour to be in line with what it would be in the world of work. Attendance and punctuality are very important.

  • What will I study?

    If you are studying on our Independence Pathway you will also have access to a specialist area to practice and develop your independence skills in a safe and supportive environment e.g. cooking, domestic chores and keeping yourself safe.

    If you are studying on our Employability Pathway you will study career planning, interview skills and CV writing to help you to gain confidence in making decisions about further study and future employment.

    Study on campus is mainly classroom based, but we do offer some opportunities for practical ‘hands on’ work skills e.g. catering, hospitality, animal care and computing.

    We offer qualifications from Entry Level 2 to Level 1 and study a range of subjects related to each course.

  • What about English and maths?

    If you start at college and you haven’t yet achieved your English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above, then you will continue to study these for three hours each week per subject. At the end of your first year you will take a re-sit GCSE exam. It is important you attend your English and maths lessons alongside your chosen course.

  • What will I have to wear?

    Smart, casual clothes for most courses, however you will be advised by your teacher prior to induction if you are required to purchase a uniform for your course e.g. work trousers and boots for animal care.

  • Will I have to do a work placement?

    All of our students will be able to also get engaged with our learning companies which are in-house opportunities to gain real world experience.

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  • Applicant activities

    Before you start at West Notts, here are a few activites to get involved in.

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    Enter the competition

    Choose a photo or add it to a meme thats goes with the caption 'Life is good'.

    Bring your designs with you during induction week and the winner will receive a £10 Amazon voucher.

    We look forward to seeing your creativity!

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    Help us get to know you!

    Download and fill in our 'All about me' form to bring with you to induction.

    Download the 'All about me' document

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    Supported internships

    Take a look at these articles created by our supported internship group.

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    Watch this video to see how supported interns have enjoyed their placement at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and discovering new skills.

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    Read - Initiative Magazine

    Take a look at this fantastic magazine created by our Practical Work Skills Level 1 students

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    Read letters from our current students

    Our students wanted to share their experiences of college with you. We hope their letters help answer some of your questions and put you at ease.

    For safeguarding reasons, the students names have been removed.

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    Read Xavier's letter

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  • In the news

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    Green-fingered students set for a fruitful future

    Outdoor space at West Nottinghamshire College’s Derby Road campus is being prepared for bearing fruit and vegetables thanks to a burgeoning horticultural project.

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    Students’ market gets set for Santa!

    Improving customer service and finance skills while serving-up some early festive joy has been the theme for foundation studies learners at West Nottinghamshire College.

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    Youngsters celebrate being model citizens

    Groups of students at West Nottinghamshire College have celebrated their efforts at becoming active and responsible citizens through a once-in-a-lifetime national youth project.

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Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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We offer a flexible and cost-effective travel pass to all students and apprentices.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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