Courses for learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

Foundation Learning is an Ofsted 'outstanding' area of Weston College's provision. It includes a number of highly successful, high-quality, programmes for learners aged 16-24 with SEND.

Our ethos is to put the learner first in everything that we do, and this is extended to all of our students. Over the last few years, we have created specialist facilities for learners on the autism spectrum and learners with profound and complex learning difficulties/disabilities to provide our students with the best possible environment to support their learning. 

We have also developed high quality staff training programs to ensure that our staff are equipped with the skills and expertise they need to offer a wide range of support in different specialist area. In 2013, our Inclusive Practice FdA achieved national recognition at the Association of Colleges' Beacon Awards.

Our facilities and the innovative approach we have taken to staff development in the field of SEND has not only delivered many benefits across our own College, but is also influencing the delivery of inclusive learning nationally.



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Extension Studies

1 Year
Sep 2022
Knightstone Campus
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The aim of the programme is to support learners with moderate learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties and/ or social emotional and mental health difficulties, to progress into employment, higher level courses and/or independent living. We will work with learners to help them recognise and value their strengths, while developing a...

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Level 0

Preparation For Life

1 Year
Sep 2022
Knightstone Campus
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The aim of the Preparation for Life curriculum area is for learners with a range of Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to develop independence and successfully transition into adulthood. The programme aims to provide a differentiated and individualised approach to each learner’s study programme at college in order to work t...

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Level 0

Sensory Learning

1 Year
Sep 2022
Knightstone Campus
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A purpose-built, safe, self-contained, specialist facility at Weston College’s Knightstone Campus for students with Profound and Complex Learning Disabilities (PCLD). Where appropriate to the individual, students will also be able to access the many other student facilities across the College, including the library and Bistro. The provision ...

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Supported Internship: Into Work

1 Year
Sep 2022
Knightstone Campus
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Supported Internships provide an individualised programme of study for 16 to 24 year olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so. The programme has one primary aim which is to: wherever possible support young people t...

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Level 1


29 Weeks
Sep 2022
Weston Bay Hotel
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Aspirations is a programme of study specifically developed for 17 – 24 year olds on the autism spectrum, delivered at Weston Bay. Many of the students on the course already have academic or vocational qualifications, but have found accessing employment, higher education or independent living very difficult. Aspirations allows students to exp...

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What is Foundation Learning?

Our Foundation Learning programmes are courses that offer a flexible curriculum that enhances our students' learning experience and provides them the strong 'foundations' that will benefit them as they prepare for adult life towards outcomes for working life, independent living and good health.

The inclusive programmes are delivered by our professionally qualified and specialist SEND staff who aim to instil self-belief and confidence in our students. The tutorial element is an integral part of the programme’s philosophy, encompassing the development of individual strategies, empowering learners to take responsibility for their own learning. This learner-centred approach uses the College setting to provide pathways to further study.

Why study Foundation Learning at Weston College?

Our Foundation Learning programmes have a 100% success rate.

At Weston College, students have access to a wide range of excellent, high-quality vocational experiences, specialist resources and accommodation across all Weston College campuses, giving learners the opportunity to learn in appropriate contexts, for example, the hairdressing and beauty salons, Grove Restaurant, Badgworth Arena, Sports Centre and the professional kitchens.

The programmes of study are further enhanced throughout the year with opportunities for learners with SEND to participate in additional sporting events, overnight and week-long residential stays, educational visits, lunch-time activities and the end-of-year celebration events.


Comments from Ofsted, 2013

"Learners with learning or physical disabilities make outstanding progress and can live more independent and enriched lives through the support, education and training they receive at college."

"Learners with identified additional learning support needs are supported well through differentiated classroom activities"

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in applying for one of our courses for students with SEND.

Please click on the courses above and apply online using the Apply button. If you are unable to complete your application online you can also apply by completing this form and then email to SENDadmissions@weston.ac.uk. If you need any assistance completing your application form, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01934 411175.

Once we receive the application, we will make some preliminary enquiries to your school and to Learning Partnership West to find out a little more about you.

We will then invite you in for an interview where we can discuss the best options for you and tell you more about what you can expect from the course.

When you come to your interview, please make sure you bring the completed forms which will be sent to you with your interview invite letter, along with information on your medical history (such as GP name and address and any medication you are taking), your expected qualifications and any certificates you have.

Your questions answered

Hopefully, you found the information you were looking for in this section, however if you still have some queries, please take a look at the frequently asked questions below, or give us a call on 01934 411 575.

How much support will I receive?
Where can I go if I feel upset?
How long is the course?
What subjects do I have to do and which are optional?
Will I have the opportunity to go on a residential?
What can I do at break time and during my free time?
Will I receive a qualification at the end?
How will I get to and from College?
What equipment will I need?
How often are tutorials held?
Which campus will I attend?
Is there a transition programme from school to College?
Is there any support with transport?
Is there any additional costs?
Can I get any financial support?
What did OFSTED say?
How will I be assessed and how do I apply?
What could I do after a foundation learning course?
My son/daughter is at College. Who do I contact if I want to discuss any concerns I have?

What our students say

Toby Wells, SEND

Toby Wells

"Weston College Has Changed My Life for The Better in Nearly Every Way Possible. When I First Started, I Was at My Lowest Point, But the College Has Given Me, Confidence, Happiness, Friends And A Direction. I Cannot Thank the Staff Enough Forever Changing My Life For The Better.”

What next: Toby studied Into Work this year and is now moving onto paid employment and progressing to a Media Level 2 programme.

Toby Wells

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