The College also has a Foundation Studies department that delivers vocational courses across the full range of provision the college offers, but designed specifically for young people with special education needs or disabilities. Students will study with us up to four days per week, in some cases with an additional work experience day. Timetables can be individualised depending on the young person’s needs and abilities and we can tailor the qualifications to ensure everyone can achieve their potential. Students attending Foundation Studies courses will have the benefit of our new centre which is based in the heart of the campus. Greys Loft is specifically for Foundation students and offers a safe and welcoming environment. Experienced staff are always available at Greys Loft and all classes start from there. We have 1:1 rooms, a common room, dining room and kitchen as well as two large IT suites and a dedicated life skills classroom. We provide lunch and break time supervision as well as a number of lunch time clubs that students can join.
At Kingston Maurward College we can offer:
Introduction to Skills for Working Life – E2
Certificate in Skills for Working Life – E3
Practical Skills Development
Certificate in Employability and Personal Development
Level 1 Routes into Courses include:
Agriculture | Welding, Fabrication and Blacksmithing | Animal Welfare and Science | Countryside & Environment Management | Equine Studies | Horticulture & Plant Science | Construction | Outdoor Adventure
‘Foundation Learning provides genuinely life-changing experiences for students at Kingston Maurward College. They grow in confidence and progress in their independence, life skills and wider understanding of the world, preparing them for life beyond college. Social Enterprise is a core part of students’ experience with us, working in the glasshouses preparing plants and other products for sale. Students work together and build a strong team ethic, which helps them understand how to work with other people’.
Luke Rake, Principal and CEO of Kingston Maurward College
Lewis has completed Entry Level 2 Introduction to Skills for Working Life, including Functional Skills maths and English. The course has enabled him to increase his practical skills for his CV and self-confidence to the extent that he now volunteers at his former secondary school as assistant caretaker.
Lewis has now progressed on to Entry Level 3 Certificate in Skills for Working Life and would like to specialise in Animal Care, in order to fulfil his dream of working with animals on a farm.
He said: “Come to Kingston Maurward, it’s a fantastic college! Lessons are really interesting, my tutors are really supportive – they explain things so I can understand. So, like me, you can have a great time learning practical skills that can help you build your self-confidence, and achieve a qualification that will lead to future employment in an industry you love.”
Level 4 Floristry student Mercedes Read has a blossoming career in floristry ahead of her. Aged 16, Mercedes spent three years with the Kingston Maurward Foundation Learning department, followed by a Level 1 Diploma in Horticulture, then Levels 2 and 3 in Floristry, culminating in the Level 4.
She credits the ‘amazing’ Foundation Learning tutors and her fellow students for bringing her out of her shell, giving her confidence to grow and progress to the Level 4 diploma she is currently studying. She said: “I would say to anyone to go to College because you don’t know what might happen in future – like me, it could lead to what you want to do! Give it a go and try your best – there’s lots of support from tutors and students – and I’ve met some amazing friends for life.”