Foundation Learning

About Nescot

Nescot is in Ewell near Epsom in Surrey. We are a few minutes’ walk from Ewell East and Ewell West main line stations. Whilst we are close to both Epsom and South/West London students also benefit from a green and leafy campus. We’ve been providing Further Education for school leavers at Nescot for more than 60 years.

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Foundation Learning at Nescot


Nescot’s Foundation Learning department offers a wide range of qualifications aimed at supporting students to achieve their full potential. Some of our programmes are aimed at students with learning difficulties and disabilities, and others have been developed for young people who left school with few or no formal qualifications.

Our focus is to prepare students for a life after college and improve their life chances and choices. We have developed a curriculum to give students a clear pathway through the department to further education, employment or supported living.

What You Can Expect…

Courses for students who have mild to moderate learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Excellent transition arrangements with many local schools, which helps to reduce any anxiety caused by moving and starting college.


Work experience individually with one of our local employers or as a group in one of our social enterprises. This includes the student-run café and shop at Nescot, weekly cafés organised by students in St John’s and St Mary’s church halls in Ewell, and our partnership with National Trust property Polesden Lacey.

Every programme leads to an externally-accredited qualification – real evidence of your success that you can take to any employer or college in the country.


“I’ve learnt lots of different things this year. We’ve learnt a lot about communication, how to travel independently, and we also learnt mindfulness, which is when you stay calm and relaxed. I really like Seasons Hub, which is where we can eat our lunch and talk to our friends.”

Samuel, Foundations

Foundation Learning Courses

14-16 Progression Pathway
A new programme for young people aged 14 to 16 who have Special Educational Needs. Young people will be referred by their school or local authority, and a bespoke curriculum with Personalised Learning Plans will be developed for and with each education partner.

Foundation – Entry Level 1
This qualification is aimed at students who are transitioning into college from a specialist learning environment and require high levels of support. Students will have the opportunity to experience a range of vocational tasters, while identifying employability skills and improving independence as well as encouraging physical fitness, wellbeing and creative expression.

Supported Living Pathway – Entry Levels 2 and 3
This pathway is for students who need support to develop life skills to help them become more independent. The majority of the sessions are practical so students are able to experience and develop skills in personal care, household skills, communication, travelling independently, accessing external services and becoming a valued member of the community.

Further Education Pathway – Entry Levels 2 and 3, Level 1
This pathway has been designed for students who are planning to go on to Further Education. Students take part in sessions on personal development whilst experiencing vocational tasters, in the main college at Level 1. The aim is to build confidence and independence as well as helping students to decide which vocational pathway would suit them best.

Employment pathway – Entry Levels 2 and 3, Level 1
This pathway is designed to give students the competencies they need for employment. Students develop skills to help them find employment, such as CV writing and performing well at interview, and take part in work experience placements; building confidence and independence.

Supported Internship
This study programme is aimed at young people who have travelled along our employment pathway, have a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan, and continue to need support to move into employment.

This is a full-time introductory programme for young people who left school without formal qualifications but who want to go on to study a Level 1 course. Students study the Prince’s Trust qualifications in Personal Development and Employability Skills alongside vocational tasters.

Future Careers… Animal care, Catering, Grounds work, Horticulture, Hospitality, Office work, Retail, Car valet, some students may move on to supported employment initiatives or independent living.