What you'll learn

Foundation Learning is specifically aimed at young people with mild or moderate learning difficulties and or disabilities. 

Employability Skills at Entry 2, Entry 3 and Level 1

Students will work towards a level which is most appropriate for them, we aim to stretch and challenge our students to get the best from them over the year.

Employability Skills will help to develop personal and work-related skills which will enable students to progress into further learning or supported employment as well as enhancing independent living skills. Throughout the course we steadily develop students’ knowledge, understanding and awareness of the need to operate safely in the work environment. We provide opportunities for experiential learning and provide a basic understanding of industrial practice through performing routine tasks.

Ideal if you want to develop self-confidence, skills for independence, social skills, employability skills and develop functional skills in maths ICT and English.

You can expect a caring and supportive environment, with small class sizes supported by a high ratio of specialist staff. The aim of this programme is to help develop young people’s skills after they finish year 11 in school. Our focus is to prepare students for further study and employment as well as to develop personal self management, building self-confidence and promoting independence.

What next  

Following the completion of these courses, you could progress onto other courses at Achievement Training at level 1 or Level 2 or you could go on to further study at College or move  into paid employment.


Once you have enrolled onto your course, we will order each student a sweater to be worn while in the centre.

Wider Curriculum activities

Wider curriculum activities take place including independent living skills,  cooking, shopping and using public transport. 

Learners are encouraged and supported to complete a number of hours at a good quality work placement, to enhance their knowledge, skills and experience. We have a wide range of local businesses and organiastion’s who support our students.


Vocational subjects 

Students are able to choose one subject that they would like to study as well as working towards  Employability skills, if they are interested in more than one we are able to plan this into their programme.

Animal Care – Practical small animal care skills Level 1

Ideal if you have an interest in animal care as an area of employment and want to develop practical skills in this area. For learners interested in working in animal care, this qualification provides a practical introduction. Learners will gain work-related skills in the area of farm animal care, gain insight into core activities within the sector, and prepare for further training. Learners will complete this qualification with a good understanding of, how to assist with the care of animals, including relevant animal welfare legislation, minimising stress and injury to the animals, and keeping people and animals safe whilst working. The principles of animal care, including monitoring the health of animals, providing feed and water, and workplace health and safety requirements

Child Care – Caring for a children Entry 3 and Level 1

Ideal if you wish to develop the basic skills needed to care for a baby or young child. This qualification gives you skills in the following areas: setting a routine, healthy lifestyles and the importance of play and learning.

Introduction to Health and Social Care Level 1

Is ideal if you’re hoping for a career in health and social care or children settings and are new to this subject. This course covers the basic knowledge you’ll need and can build upon to give you a really good foundation to build upon. This qualification can help you get started in a wide range of health and social care roles.

ICT Level 1 

Ideal if you require a basic level of skills and knowledge that could lead to further education in IT or related areas and can provide the confidence to work effectively with ICT and deal with tasks that are straightforward or routine. This qualification will give you some basic IT and computer skills required to progress onto higher IT courses. You will have the opportunity to learn: basic Word processing, basic Presentations and basic Spreadsheets.

We will assess each student individually and will create a bespoke programme, our experience of delivering this course enables the course tutor to be flexible and creative considering the well being of each stude

What it feels like to be a student 

Class group sizes average 10 students, with a dedicated tutor and additional support, the staff to student ratio is very high. Additional support staff are on site such as pastoral care, finance and careers advice.

“My daughter has become more confident and is learning new social skills, she has made some friends and is beginning to manage her emotions. “

“Thank you for all your support with our son, he has regained his focus and is really excited for his future. I’m living with a different person!”

Ellie said “ The staff help you achieve skills in every lesson and make you feel wanted… best place ever”.

“The help and support of the staff really helps you to achieve” I really enjoyed my course, I was nervous when I started, but I made loads of friends and stayed on for the second year. Love it here! “

Students come from a variety of schools across Plymouth, they all help each other out and develop a really good bond over the year encouraging each other to achieve. Most students never want to leave, and move onto higher level courses.

We want you to feel at home – and look forward to meeting you soon.

Attendance days  

Mondays and Wednesdays 09:00 – 16.00

Term time only

The term starts on 7th September 2020 and will finish in July with a big celebration in the Guildhall, all your family and friends are invited to watch you graduate. 

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