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Foundation studies

Foundation studies helps students of all abilities to build skills for life. Students can choose from a range of courses that include independent living, employment skills, and specialist animal care courses, which could help them to progress into further study or employment.

Foundation studies courses

Supported internship

This course is a supported employment programme designed for young people with an Education Health Care Plan in their final year at college. The course is offered at Level 1 and Level 2.

Why choose foundation studies at West Notts?

Supportive environment

Students are given all the support and facilities needed to get the most out of the college experience – within a safe and inclusive learning environment. Foundation studies students also get the opportunity to take lunch ahead of other students at the college, giving them time to enjoy time with new-found friends.

Caring tutors

With experience of working with students at all levels and all abilities, the foundation studies tutors are always on hand to support and guide learners to achieve their best.

Opportunities for work experience

Some of our foundation learning courses offer real work experience. Students could find themselves helping in Refined or Relish; the college’s training restaurants, or on an external placement such as at a local farm.


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Employability skills
Independence skills
Personal and social development
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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
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