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Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning at the Beacon College is comprised of Functional Skills, Physical Development, Independent Living Skills, Community Awareness, Science and Technology and Creative Development.


Below shows the approximate time spent on each area of learning. The curriculum areas overlap greatly with each other, for example, during Functional skills lessons, students will apply the skills learned through food technology sessions, voluntary and enterprise projects, careers, community visits etc. A further example is during Community awareness sessions, students will have the opportunity to access music, drama, dance, art and sports and leisure activities.


When learning in College, students are taught in small, focussed groups. Therefore, if a student has been assigned a work experience placements or voluntary project placement or community group during a specific timetabled lesson, the teacher will continue their next steps during the next session. Form tutors continually monitor each student’s timetable to ensure they are receiving a rich and balanced education.

Functional Skills


Maths, English and ICT


The Functional Skills programme of English, Maths and ICT is taught through half termly themes. The themes focus on preparing the students for adulthood by giving a context within which to learn and apply their key functional skills. One of the Beacon College’s overarching aims and ambitions for students as they move into adulthood is for them to become active members of their local community and society and the ability to interact with others in a meaningful and purposeful way is key to this. Therefore, the opportunity for students to develop these skills within everyday contexts for a range of purposes is a priority and drives our core learning opportunity.


Functional skills lessons are taught in streamed groups according to pathway. The themes are further broken down for each pathway to enable the effective learning of skills at a level appropriate to the individual students.

Physical Development

Independent Living Skills

Community Awareness

Optional Areas of Learning within Foundation Learning