St Joseph’s R.C. High School

and Sports College

St Joseph’s RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Foundation & Vocational Learning

Our Foundation & Vocational Learning is managed by our Co-ordinator of Alternative Curriculum and our Co-ordinator of 14-19 Curriculum. 


This will be offered to a small number of students in Key Stage 4 whom we feel would benefit from a curriculum more tailored to their needs. This will be based on student progress and learning styles throughout KS3.  Parents of the relevant students will be informed before any decisions are finalised.


Foundation Learning

Foundation Learning (FL) covers education provision up to and including Entry 1 through to Level 1. Foundation Learning qualifications are part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). They are credit-based allowing learners (both 14-19 and post-19 students) to build a personalised programme of learning.


Foundation Learning aims to: Increase learner engagement, participation, achievement and progression through Entry Level and Level 1 towards achievement at Level 2. Bring greater coherence to programmes of study at Entry Level and Level, supporting progression to clearly defined destinations. Support the delivery of fit-for-purpose learning programmes, which are personalised and appropriate to the learner’s needs and intended destination.


Foundation Learning Programmes lead to five main destinations: A full Level 2 qualification, Apprenticeships,  Foundation (Level 1) Diploma,  GCSEs (14-16 pathway),  Employment (to include supported employment) or Independent living.


This would replace either one or two of the option subjects.


Vocational Learning

This will be either a Level 1 or Level 2 Course taken at an off-site training centre for one or two days of the week.  Subjects studied vary from catering, child care, construction, hair & beauty, health & social care, motor vehicle and sports.


This would replace all three of the option subjects at Key Stage 4.