Carmel College aims to offer provision for students with moderate learning difficulties to improve the skills and competences that they will need in adult life. The Foundation Learning Programme is taught in small group sizes and is tailored to meet the student’s individual needs.

Students studying the course will follow a full timetable from 9.00am to 3.35 pm for 4 days a week.

There are 3 curriculum strands to the course at 3 levels of attainment:

  • Daily Living Skills
  • Community and Leisure
  • Practical and Vocational Skills

Students with learning difficulties often learn best through real activities and practical tasks of relevance and interest to them. The course will provide students with opportunities to improve their skills and reach their potential enabling them to progress successfully onto the next stage in their life with increased confidence and self-esteem.

Course Entry Requirements

Please contact Caroline Oates, Head of Foundation Learning for further details.

Entry Level Foundation Learning Course Leaflet

View our Welcome to Foundation Learning video

Click the link below to view the Course Introduction video

Foundation Learning Entry Level #

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Foundation Learning News

Listen to Keaton talk about what the Foundation Learning Department means to him as we celebrate UK Disability History Month

Foundation Learning spread Christmas Cheer!

Foundation Learning Student Nominated for Inspirational Award!

Foundation Learning students compete in Boccia Festival

Carmel Music Festival

Foundation Learning Transition Fair

Foundation Learning London Trip 2019

Fundraising for Foundation Learning London Trip

Foundation Learning Coffee Morning

Saints Foundation Education Rugby Coach of The Year Award

Foundation Learning Let’s Cook Project

Foundation Learning Work Placement Success

Will secures work experience at Widnes Vikings

Carmel hosts the Saints Learning Disability Rugby Festival

Sensory Garden Grand Opening!

Spring is in the air!

Apprentice style cookie sale

What Our Students Say

I love coming to college, it’s really good. I have made lots of new friends and I love spending time with them and chatting with them. I like Friday mornings because I enjoy my relaxation sessions with Beth.

The staff are polite, friendly and help me when I am stuck. I enjoy all my lessons because they are good and I have help from my Learning Assistants. I really like Nicola and Louise because they are helpful and make me laugh every day.

I like doing the college Farm Shop. I like delivering the veg or fruit boxes to staff I haven’t met before. I am now confident to go to most places on my own around college but if I am not sure Nicola helps me. I went to Whittaker’s Garden Centre for my work experience.

I play boccia for my enrichment activity. I really like playing boccia with my friends. It is fun playing as a team. I like going to the cafe and I am more independent and go with my friends.

Jack Hibbs