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Foundation Learning

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, we have a number of courses to help bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

Many of our students also learn to travel independently whilst studying our bridge courses with TITAN (Travel Independence Training Across the Nation).

So what can I study?

BECOMING INDEPENDENT - ENTRY LEVEL 2

This course is in the suite of Bridge to Independence courses which are programmes of further education for students with severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

BRIDGE TO ART & DESIGN - LEVEL 1

This course is aimed at young people who wish to develop their skills in visual and creative arts. The course is broad in its content and offers experiences in many of the specialist areas of Art & Design.

BRIDGE TO EDUCATION - ENTRY LEVEL 3

This course is for young people aged 16 who have the enthusiasm to continue with their learning and require help and support to achieve their potential.

BRIDGE TO IT - LEVEL 1

The course is designed to develop ICT skills, investigate career opportunities and develop work skills. The nationally recognised qualification gained is structured to allow learners to develop essential skills and knowledge in a supported environment and is suitable for learners with moderate learning difficulties and or disabilities.

BRIDGE TO MOTOR VEHICLE - ENTRY LEVEL

The course is designed to develop work based skills predominantly in a series of practical areas. The nationally recognised qualification gained is structured to allow learners to develop practical skills and knowledge in a supported environment.

BRIDGE TO SPORT - ENTRY LEVEL

The course is designed to provide learners with a broad introduction to the sports and active leisure sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector.

DEVELOPING ENGAGEMENT - ENTRY LEVEL

This course is designed for young people whom may struggle with a mainstream environment, but are keen to progress with their education in a specialised provision for young people with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.

DEVELOPING INDEPENDENCE - ENTRY LEVEL

This course is in the suite of Bridge to Independence courses, which are programmes of further education for students with severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The courses are designed for young adults to help develop independent living skills and who have the potential to progress, the enthusiasm to continue learning and who require a supported learning environment.

DEVELOPING WORKSKILLS - ENTRY LEVEL / LEVEL 1

The course has been designed to introduce learners into the world of work. The programme is structured to give individuals the opportunity to develop skills required for employment.

ENGAGEMENT AND PROGRESSION - LEVEL 1

This course is designed for young people whom may struggle with a mainstream environment, but are keen to progress with their education in a specialised provision for young people with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. The course enables learners to continue to develop independence, personal and social skills.

FINDING INDEPENDENCE - ENTRY LEVEL 1

The Bridge to Independence courses are programmes of further education for students with severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The courses are designed for young adults who have the potential to progress and the enthusiasm to continue learning in a safe and supported setting.

HUMMINGBIRD

THummingbird is a bespoke course to meet student's individual needs. It's a flexible learning programme that will completely meet the needs of the students without compromise. This course will only be offered if there is no other alternative provision.

INITIAL ENGAGEMENT - ENTRY LEVEL 2

This course is designed for young people who may struggle with a mainstream environment but are keen to progress with their education in a specialised provision for young people with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.

MOVING ON TO INDEPENDENCE - ENTRY LEVEL

Our bridge to independence courses are programmes of further education for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

PATHWAY PROJECT

The course is designed to develop work based skills predominantly in a series of practical areas, and is for students aged over nineteen who have the potential to gain paid employment.

STEPPING OUT - LANDBASED - ENTRY LEVEL

These foundation learning tier courses provide the progression pathways for learners who have yet to achieve the required grades to study fully and independently in their chosen vocational area.

Meet the tutors

Janine Palmer



Kerri Benefer


Sarah Middup


Becky Gathercole



Natalie Ward


Christine Bird


Emily Churchyard-Davies



Karen Soehnle


Michelle Devanche

Take a virtual tour

We invite you to take a guided tour with us to see the Foundation facilities at our Wisbech campus.

LAUNCH TOUR


We invite you to take a guided tour with us to see the Foundation facilities at our Providence campus.

LAUNCH TOUR

FAQs

Finding Independence

  • What adaptations are currently in place for your course as a result of Covid-19 restrictions / government guidelines?

    All classrooms have been assessed to state the maximum number of people allowed. Within the classrooms a box has been measured out where the tutor can teach without having to wear a mask or visor. If the tutor wishes to leave the box, they need to put a mask and visor on to walk around the classroom and help any students. When in the classroom, LSOs wear a mask and visor all the time. It is student’s choice whether they want to wear a mask in the classroom but when a member of staff supports them they must wear one. All classrooms have enough space between each student, so they are maintaining social distance between each other. When inside college buildings, all learners and staff are required to wear masks at all times when using communal areas such as The Hub, in corridors and toilets. Masks must be provided by the individual themselves. Hand washing/sanitising is an essential part of the day.

  • What does a typical timetabled day on this course consist of?

    Students are encouraged to arrive at college at 8:30am ready to start lessons at 08:45am. Students arrive at the bottom of the tower block, they are met by staff and signed in. Foundation are based in the tower block, the majority of lessons are on the first floor. Students are supported up to the classrooms, some students once they become confident like to walk independently to the classrooms. There is always a break in the morning and afternoon and lunch is from 12 noon to 1pm. Lessons finish at 4pm, students are supported to the bottom of the tower block where there are staff who sign students out. Students are supported during breaktimes and lunchtimes.

  • How is the course structured in terms of balance of theory / practical etc and what are the expectations in terms of assignments, exams etc?

    Finding Independence is a practical life skills course, it will include the following lifeskills subjects: cooking, sport and healthy eating, employability skills, maths, English, tutorials and TITAN (Training for Independent Travel Across the Nation) Tutors assess learning by observing learners’ practical skills, having discussions, using worksheets and creating posters.

  • How are learners supported on the course (e.g. tutorials, 1:1 sessions, extra help etc)?

    Weekly tutorials form part of the course. Learners are fully supported throughout the college day. There will always be a general Learning Support Officer (LSO) in sessions and LSOs are on duty at break and lunchtimes. Some learners require a 1:1 LSO or a 1:2 LSO, these will remain with the learner/s at all times and are in addition to the general LSO in the classroom.

  • Does the course involve work experience / placement and if so, how does this fit into the course timetable?

    The course includes weekly work readiness/work experience/enterprise sessions, in these sessions learners find out about jobs and work skills, they may also make items to sell. Learners on the course will meet the Foundation Workplace Coordinator, where appropriate, work experience within college will be arranged.

  • What are the progression opportunities/job prospects after this course? What kind of careers do your students go into afterwards?

    The course includes weekly work readiness/work experience/enterprise sessions, in these sessions learners find out about jobs and work skills, they may also make items to sell. Learners on the course will meet the Foundation Workplace Coordinator, where appropriate, work experience within college will be arranged.

  • What kinds of projects are covered on the programme of study?

    As Graphic Design students they will cover projects linked to the discipline. These include things like editorial design, advertising, branding, packaging, social media, etc. The programme aims to enable learners to develop specific skills within projects that develop abilities in things like layout, colour, image use and typography through the variety of projects covered.

  • What is the aim of the course?

    To help you develop your independent living skills such as cooking, maths, English, shopping, confidence and communication skills

  • How big are classes?

    Class sizes are small, usually between 6-8 students

  • Will I always be with the same group for lessons?

    Learners will always be with their course group for the main qualification sessions. However, maths, English, work readiness/work experience/enterprise and TITAN sessions are streamed by ability so learners maybe with learners from other courses.

  • Will I feel safe at CWA?

    It is very important to all staff at CWA that students feel safe. Students are supported from the minute they arrive in college to the minute they depart, LSOs are with students in lessons, at the beginning and end of the day and at breaktimes and lunchtimes. In tutorials, topics such as e-safety, British Values and PREVENT are covered.

  • Can I use my iPad or other technology to communicate if I need to?

    Learners are supported to use their preferred method of communication. We have a Makaton Regional tutor in the Foundation department who can support students who prefer this multi modal form of communication.

  • How long is the course?

    The course is 1 year long and 3 days a week.

  • Can I get any financial help with lunch? Can I bring my own lunch?

    Students can apply for Learner Support Fund (LSF). If they are eligible, apply and are approved they will get free college meals. A range of food, drinks and snacks are available to purchase in The Hub but students are also welcome to bring their own packed lunch.

  • I have an EHCP, will I get the support I need at college?

    An EHC plan is for young people up to 25 they identify education, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs. We have an EHC plan Co-Ordinator at the college and they will undertake annual reviews of the plan. If college can meet the needs of a young person then all the support that is required to meet the need will be put in place.

Bridge to Sport

  • What adaptations are currently in place for your course as a result of Covid-19 restrictions / government guidelines?

    All classrooms have been assessed to state the maximum number of people allowed. Within the classrooms a box has been measured out where the tutor can teach without having to wear a mask or visor. If the tutor wishes to leave the box they need to put a mask and visor on to walk around the classroom and help any students. When in the classroom, LSOs wear a mask and visor all the time. It is student’s choice whether they want to wear a mask in the classroom but when a member of staff supports them they must wear one. All classrooms have enough space between each student so they are maintaining social distance between each other. When any student or staff leaves the classroom to go to the toilet or be in a social space a mask must be worn, these must be provided by the individual themselves. All floors and areas around the college have a one way system in place. If the individual has off site permission and is independent they can leave site and it is their responsibility to stay in a group of 6 maximum. All classrooms have hand sanitizer to be used upon entering and leaving and students are asked to wash their hands before they eat or drink and after using the toilet.

  • What does a typical timetabled day on this course consist of?

    The Bridge to Sport course is based over 2 campuses Sports Campus (Lynnsport) and the main campus at Kings Lynn. English and maths sessions are streamed and undertaken on the main campus. All practical sessions and some theory sessions are taught at the Sports Campus, some of these sessions are taught by staff based in the Sports Faculty. Theory sessions are also taught on the main campus, some of these sessions will involve using the facilities at the Sports Campus the group will go as a whole and walk to and from the main campus as part of the session.

  • How is the course structured in terms of balance of theory / practical etc and what are the expectations in terms of assignments, exams etc?

    The course has some theory sessions but is predominantly practically based. All work for the main qualification is portfolio based assessments, supported by photographic and video evidence. There are no formal exams for the sports qualification, however, students may take exams in English and maths. This, however, is dependent on prior attainment and assessments on entry at college. English and maths sessions are streamed and qualifications offered are Functional Skills/GCSE and unitised.

  • How are learners supported on the course (e.g. tutorials, 1:1 sessions, extra help etc)?

    Students have a tutorial session each week where progress on the course, behaviour and attainment are discussed. In addition to every half term, all students have a 1:1 session with their Course Director. Tutorial sessions are also used to address any sessions on personal welfare, promoting independence and looking at British Values, Prevent and ensuring students are aware of Safeguarding. Learners are supported in all classes by the tutor and a general LSO. LSOs are also on duty during break times and lunch times. Learners are given every opportunity and encouraged to express any concerns as and when they come about to aim to elevate issues building and causing stress to individuals. If a student needs a 1:1 LSO this will be assessed prior to joining the course so it is in place for the start of the academic year.

  • Does the course involve work experience / placement and if so, how does this fit into the course timetable?

    There is no requirement for students to complete work experience as part of the course. However, all students will have contact with the Foundation work placement officer and be offered opportunities to undertake work experience either internally within college or externally based depending on what opportunities there available. Work experience is either arranged for a time when the student is not at college or during a work experience/work readiness/enterprise session.

  • What are the progression opportunities/job prospects after this course? What kind of careers do your students go into afterwards?

    From Bridge to Sport, learners would usually apply for a higher level sports course at the Sports Campus, or for paid or voluntary employment within the leisure industry. However, if a learner decides they wish to pursue a different vocational area CWA offer a wide range of courses so alternative progression opportunities will be available.

  • What happens if there is another lock down, what will happen to the teaching and learning? And assessment?

    If college is closed in a lockdown and learners are unable to attend face to face lessons then alternative learning platforms will be used. Work will be available for students on their course page on Learn, they can access work and submit completed work back to tutors on this platform. Learners will be taught remotely through Zoom, additionally, students will have contact with tutors through emails and telephone. In regards to assessment students are assessed throughout the course; tutors closely monitor students’ progress against assessments so they will know what level the student is working at and whether they are on track.

  • What happens if we have technology poverty, do we have to have a computer? Is there any funding available?

    If learners have difficulty accessing learning from home, laptops can be loaned to learners if they are eligible for, apply and are approved for learner support fund funding. However, being approved doesn’t automatically mean a device will be allocated because college have limited supplies. Tutors are able to post work home so learners will not be disadvantaged if they have technology poverty.

  • Do students have to be TITAN assessed?

    Bridge to Sport sessions take place on 2 different campuses (Sports Campus and the main campus) The expectation is that students will be able to walk between the sites independently. TITAN is not a discrete sessions on this course.

  • What sort of thing is covered in EEP sessions?

    Students will cover employment and work readiness in EEP sessions, modules will cover topics such as writing a CV, interview techniques, applying for jobs and where to look for jobs. In these sessions students will also carry out enterprise activities. Cooking is not a timetabled on the course but if the students as a group express an interest in doing some cooking for an occasion this can be something the tutor will facilitate if possible.

  • How will I be able to know how I am progressing on the course?

    Every individual has a Learn account and their own student portal. The portal shows a learners timetable, tracks their attendance to sessions, records all 1:1 meetings, praises and causes for concern. If a learner gives access to parents/carers they will also be able to see the portal.

Developing Independence

  • What adaptations are currently in place for your course as a result of Covid-19 restrictions / government guidelines?

    All classrooms have been assessed to state the maximum number of people allowed. Within the classrooms a box has been measured out where the tutor can teach without having to wear a mask or visor. If the tutor wishes to leave the box, they need to put a mask and visor on to walk around the classroom and help any students. When in the classroom, LSOs wear a mask and visor all the time. It is student’s choice whether they want to wear a mask in the classroom but when a member of staff supports them they must wear one. All classrooms have enough space between each student, so they are maintaining social distance between each other. When any student or staff leaves the classroom to go to the toilet or be in a social space a mask must be worn, these must be provided by the individual themselves. Hand washing/sanitising is an essential part of the day.

  • What does a typical timetabled day on this course consist of?

    Students are encouraged to arrive at college at 8:30am ready to start lessons at 08:45am. Students arrive at the bottom of the tower block, they are met by staff and signed in. Foundation are based in the tower block; the majority of lessons are on the first floor. Students are supported up to the classrooms, some students once they become confident like to walk independently to the classrooms. There is always a break in the morning and afternoon and lunch is from 12 noon to 1pm. Lessons finish at 4pm, students are supported to the bottom of the tower block where there are staff who sign students out. Students are supported during breaktimes and lunchtimes.

  • How is the course structured in terms of balance of theory / practical etc and what are the expectations in terms of assignments, exams etc?

    Developing Independence is a practical life skills course. The course will include the following subjects: cooking, shopping skills, employability skills, maths, English and TITAN (Training for Independent Travel Around the Nation) There are no formal exams or assignments on the course, teaching staff assess students by observing of practical skills, they also take part in discussions, question and answer sessions, and complete worksheets or posters to show understanding. Maths and English is on the course and learners complete these subjects at a level appropriate to them.

  • How are learners supported on the course (e.g. tutorials, 1:1 sessions, extra help etc)?

    Tutorials take place every week; in these sessions attendance and progress is discussed. It is also an opportunity for students to raise any concerns or worries they have. There will always be general Learning Support Officers (LSO) in every session, some students have a 1:1 LSO some have a 1:2 LSO, these are always in addition to the general LSO. Class sizes are small and students are well supported throughout the college day.

  • Does the course involve work experience / placement and if so, how does this fit into the course timetable?

    The course includes weekly work readiness/work experience/enterprise sessions where learners find out about jobs and work skills. Learners on the course meet the Foundation Work placement Coordinator, and discuss their ideal job, their likes and dislikes. Wherever possible the Work placement Co-ordinator arranges some work experience within college. Previous work experience has included, compiling information packs for marketing and admin tasks within the Foundation admin office.

  • What are the progression opportunities/job prospects after this course? What kind of careers do your students go into afterwards?

    We have courses at higher levels within Foundation so if a student has the ability to progress onto the next level course then they are supported to do this.

  • What is the aim of the course?

    To help learners develop independent living skills such as cooking, shopping, employability and independent travel.

  • How big are classes?

    All classrooms have been assessed to state the maximum number of people allowed. Within Class sizes are small, usually between 6-8 students. All classes have a learning support officer (LSO)

  • Will students always be with the same group for all lessons?

    Students will be with their course group for the main qualification sessions. However, maths, English, TITAN and work experience/work readiness/enterprise sessions are streamed so students maybe with students from other courses.

  • Will students feel safe at CWA?

    It is very important to all staff at CWA that students feel safe. Students are supported from the minute they arrive in college to the minute they depart, LSOs are with students in lessons, at the beginning and end of the day and at breaktimes and lunchtimes. In tutorials, topics such as e-safety, British Values and PREVENT are covered.

  • Can learners use an iPad or other assistive technology to communicate?

    Students are supported to use their preferred method of communication.

  • How long is the course?

    The course is one year in duration, 3 days a week.

  • Can students get free college meals? Can I bring my own lunch? Is any financial help available?

    Students can apply for Learner Support Fund (LSF). If they are eligible, apply and are approved they will get free college meals. A range of food, drinks and snacks are available to purchase in The Hub but students are also welcome to bring their own packed lunch.

  • I have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) plan, will I get the support I need at college?

    An EHC plan is for young people up to 25 they identify education, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs. We have an EHC plan Co-Ordinator at the college and they will undertake annual reviews of the plan. If college can meet the needs of a young person then all the support that is required to meet the need will be put in place.

Developing Workskills

If there is something we haven’t covered or you would like to explore further if this course is for you, then our tutors are here to speak to you.

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