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Foundation Learning Courses (Level 1 courses)

Our Level 1 Vocational Courses help you develop the skills needed to progress to a Level 2 Vocational qualification, Traineeship or Apprenticeship. There are a variety of engaging and fun career pathways for you to choose from:

  • Applied Science and Health Care

    Covering such topics as the causes of disease, protecting the environment and carrying out experiments, this Level 1 Applied Science qualification will provide you with the foundations in science required to progress to Level 2 qualifications in science or health care.

  • Beauty Therapy

    This course is suitable for those of you who wish to develop the basic skills required in beauty therapy. The course will involve both practical and theory classes. During the practical lessons, you will work in a realistic salon environment and will be expected to carry out basic beauty therapy services on clients, once you have reached a certain level of ability. Some examples of the units that will be covered are: health and safety, basic manicure and pedicure, make-up, nail art and salon reception. This course will prepare you for progression to Level 2 Beauty Therapy VRQ. Possible opportunities for employment could include a Salon Junior within a Beauty Salon or Spa.

  • Business

    On this course you will research successful businesses in the local community, run your own event or trade and record and calculate income and expenditure. This vocational course will aid your progression to a Level 2 qualification in Business.

  • Creative Industries and IT

    This creative and engaging course prepares you for progression to Level 2 qualifications in Creative Media and will involve developing animations, designing websites and learning how computers work.

  • Hairdressing

    This course is suitable for those of you who wish to develop the basic skills needed in hairdressing. The course will involve both practical and theory classes. During the practical lessons, you will work in a realistic salon environment and will be expected to carry out hairdressing services on clients, once you have reached a certain level of ability. Some examples of the units that will be covered are: health and safety, styling hair, shampooing hair, colour hair, and salon reception. This course will prepare you for progression to Level 2 Hairdressing VRQ. Employment opportunities could also include employment as a Salon Junior within a Hair or Beauty Salon.

  • Sport

    In preparation for a Level 2 Sports course, you will learn how the body works, take part in exercise & fitness and explore job opportunities in sport and active leisure.

As part of your Study Programme you will learn:

Maths and English at the appropriate level for you which will benefit you in everyday life, in your future careers and will help you progress to the next level.

You will achieve a Level 1 Vocational qualification specialising in your chosen career pathway.

These Courses will give you the essential skills for Maths, English and the world of work which will support you in your progression to employment, apprenticeships or further education.

Please note, Students on Foundation Learning Courses will automatically be in receipt of Additional Learning Support.


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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.