Accessibility links

Foundation Learning Vocational Pathways (Hillsborough) at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a one year full time course.

About the course

Foundation Learning at Hillsborough Campus is available at Entry Level and Level 1 and offers an interesting and varied programme.                                        

On this course you will

  • Improve your skills and qualifications in English, Maths and IT
  • Develop your life and work skills
  • Learn about the world you live in   
  • Gain some work-related or enterprise experience
  • Learn about applying for jobs and college courses

You can also choose introductory work-related units which may include business and retail, cooking, creative arts and media, gardening and the environment, health and social care, performing arts, sport and teambuilding.

The course is mainly classroom, studio and project based with a mix of discussions, group activities, written work, practical work and outdoor activities.

Course enrichment activities include trips and visits.

Staff and Facilities

Staff are highly trained, experienced, supportive and friendly. You will have a tutor mentor to guide you through your course and the College Additional Support team can also help to support you. You will learn in a small group of students.

Will this course suit me?

This course suits young people who enjoy learning in an informal, relaxed, practical and fun way and who want to improve their qualifications to go onto further study or work.

Qualification Title

You will work towards qualifications in English, Maths and IT and either a Certificate in Work Preparation or a Certificate in Employability Skills.

What students say about this course

“It’s brilliant, it’s friendly, we work in teams, I really enjoy it.”

“The teachers are nice and they help you.”

“I like sport because I like to work as a team and it’s good for my health.”

“I found some parts of the course hard work but now I’ve passed it and got my English qualification I can move onto the level 1 health and social care course. I’m really looking forward to it.” 

Entry requirements

16 – 18 year old students only. There are no formal entry requirements, but those in education will be expected to complete their current learning programme. Students are required to attend an interview/assessment at college to help decide the right course for them.



The course is continually assessed by coursework such as workbooks and practical tasks. You will also have to take tests in English, Maths and IT.



Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Young people who successfully complete this course can apply to study for another year within Foundation Learning or to go onto one of our many vocational courses at The Sheffield College.


Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

Thursday 25th October 2018

Wednesday 21st November 2018

Tuesday 29th January 2019

Monday 4th March 2019

from 4pm to 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2018
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: HFEOE1


  • More information
    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.


      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.


      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

      Hillsborough has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.