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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 internship

This course is a supported employment programme designed for young people with an Education Health Care Plan in their final year at college. The course is offered at Level 1 and Level 2.

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

  • Animal care students protect their local environment

    Animal care students at West Nottinghamshire College enjoyed learning in the great outdoors while contributing to an important environmental scheme.

    Posted: 15/02/2023
  • College strengthens local hospital links

    West Nottinghamshire College has strengthened its commitment to partnering with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, after they joined forces to formally commit to working even more closely together in future.

    Posted: 08/02/2023
  • Government cash boost towards cutting-edge training centre for green skills

    A £5.4m training centre to boost green skills and create thousands of jobs in the low-carbon construction sector is set to be developed through a partnership between West Nottinghamshire College, Nottingham Trent University and Ashfield District Council.

    Posted: 19/12/2022

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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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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area.

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

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