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Foundation studies

Foundation studies helps students of all abilities to build skills for life. Students can choose from a range of courses that include independent living, employment skills, and specialist animal care courses, which could help them to progress into further study or employment.

Foundation studies courses

Supported internships

These courses are supported employment programmes designed for young people with an Education Health Care Plan in their final year at college.

Watch this video to see how supported interns have enjoyed their placement at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and discovering new skills.

Why choose foundation studies at West Notts?

Supportive environment

Students are given all the support and facilities needed to get the most out of the college experience – within a safe and inclusive learning environment. Students also get the opportunity to take lunch ahead of other students at the college, giving them time to enjoy time with new-found friends.

Caring teachers

With experience of working with students at all levels and all abilities, the foundation studies teachers are always on hand to support and guide learners to achieve their best.

Opportunities for work experience

Some of our foundation studies courses offer real work experience. Students could find themselves helping in Refined the college’s training restaurants, or on an external placement such as at a local farm.

Career Opportunities

Meet the teachers

Get to know to know a bit more about your teachers before you join us.

Guided Campus Tour

Get a glimpse into the facilities you will be using as a foundation studies student at West Notts College.


Foundation studies news and press

Course progression
routes at West Notts

Transition to employment
Transition to further study
Transition to independence
Getting to college Financial support How to apply Course guides

Why choose West Notts?

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96.2% A Level pass rate in 2022.

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction.**Learner Exit Survey 2019/20

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We offer a flexible and cost-effective travel pass to all students and apprentices.

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We have four campuses each boasting a number of state-of-the-art facilities.

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