Towards Independence Programme

Foundation Learning
Entry 1 Level

Exam Board: AQA Unit Award Scheme

1 year

Course Content:

Students on the Towards Independence Programme will have the opportunity to develop their life skills, independence and knowledge of the wider world and community.

The course will have a focus on getting out into the community at our college allotment and other community settings. On the course students will continue to study functional skills in English, Maths and ICT at an appropriate level as well as a range of vocational areas such as: Sport, Catering, Drama, Outdoor Learning, Art and Horticulture.

Our Foundation Learning Department is now taking part in the Hampshire CC Trailblazers outdoor learning initiative with the aim of taking students outside to learn as much as possible.

Students will undertake a series of projects as part of the AQA Unit Award Scheme which provides a learner centred experience to meet the individual student’s needs. 


The students complete coursework for the AQA unit award scheme, to gain certificates of achievement in all subject areas.

Studying at Alton College:

Students learn in small group sizes and have the added support of Learning Support Assistants. Classes take place from Monday – Friday between the hours of 10am – 3:45pm. Many students enjoy the variety of different subjects and welcome the opportunity to gain some independence. Students also enjoy the social aspects of college life. 

Entry requirements:

A positive attitude to learning and a willingness to undertake community work.

Course costs:

All students will be expected to provide their own stationery required for lessons.

Any further costs are outlined below: Advisable: Field Trips £50

After completing this course: 

Students could progress onto other courses within the Foundation Learning department or at other FE colleges.