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Foundation Learning Programme - Skills for Employment and Further Learning Entry Level/Level 1 (REN1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This study programme will provide you with the essential skills required to enable personal development in preparation for life, learning and employment.

It is a flexible study programme that gives you the opportunity to try different things at Entry Level or Level 1. You will follow a bespoke programme, tailored to your needs and also spend time on placement or in a simulated work environment.

Course content

You will achieve an Award/Certificate or Diploma in Skills for Employment and Further Learning.

Course Themes

You will have the opportunity to choose from the following vocational areas:

  • Animal Care
  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Catering
  • Engineering
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Media
  • Sports and Recreation

You will study English and maths as part of your course (either GCSE or Functional Skills.) Developing your English and maths skills is important in order to progress to another course in College or to progress to employment.

Entry requirements

You must be 16-18 years of age or 19-25 (with an Educational Health Care Plan). Some 14-16 year olds may also be able to join the course.



Courses may be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, practical or examination. For up to date information please visit

Financial information

Financial support

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund to help with travel. You don’t have to pay this money back. Apply to the Learner Support Fund.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Food and Essential Equipment

You can get FREE meals and support towards the cost of essential equipment at college, if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own and in receipt of income support, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirkby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Kimberworth, Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

Many students go onto work towards a higher level qualification.

Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


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: 21 August 2018
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