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Foundation Studies

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Offered at all four of our campuses, our Foundation Studies courses are designed to develop you for study, work or living independently.

You’ll gain the practical skills to learn how to make healthy, positive choices and develop the skills and confidence to live independently or semi-independently.

Our courses will help you build independence in the classroom and real or simulated environments, develop personal and social skills, prepare you for further training in College or at other institutions and enhance your ability to make informed life choices. With bespoke timetables, small groups and high levels of support from experienced staff, all of our Foundation Studies courses are designed to help you progress and succeed at a level that is right for you.

We also offer Access to Land Based Studies courses from entry level to level 1 which you can view here.

What our students say

College is completely different to school - the classes are smaller, I'm treated like an adult and I like that I call the lecturers by their first names.


Meet your lecturer

Lisa Cox,
Deputy Head of Access to Land-based,

Lisa has worked within Education since 2006 when she recognised that she thrived when delivering Learning & Development sessions at work. She started by delivering Life Skills and employability lessons to adults with learning difficulties and disabilities and then relocated to Wiltshire from London in 2008.

She has worked at the College ever since, initially as a Lecturer in Foundation Learning at Trowbridge and Chippenham, then moving to Lackham in 2017 as Deputy Head of Department. Although she is not from a Land-based background, Lisa has embraced work at the Lackham campus and has created an enhanced curriculum for learners, developing her own skills and knowledge along the way. Her experience working with SEND learners allows her to support learners with their journey preparing for adult and further education.

In her spare time Lisa loves to travel, read a good book and relax with her family.

Lucy March,
Lecturer in Access to Land-based Studies,

Lucy has worked for the College for the last four years and has been teaching for one year. Lucy’s background is mainly sport-based, but she decided to move over to teaching to support the young people she was working with during the Sport England Project. Lucy has always worked with young people with additional needs, working in a Pupil Referral Unit, a respite centre for young people with disabilities, and sports clubs for disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. Lucy’s passion is to support young people who face challenges every day to help them achieve their goals. In her spare time Lucy enjoys walking her dog, lots of music concerts and spending time with all her nieces and nephews!

Michelle Maslen,
Lecturer in Access to Land-based,

Michelle has worked at the College for 3 years, but has been working in education for over 30 years. Michelle started her journey back in 1989 where she worked as a residential care officer working with disengaged young people in a residential setting. This was where she realised that she wanted to teach. Michelle then worked at Cirencester College for 11 years, but she really wanted to return to her passion: working with more challenging students.

From 2010 – 2017 Michelle worked in The Foundation studies Department at Swindon College which gave her the opportunity to work with some very challenging students and to gain her FE teaching qualification.

Michelle has always had a passion for animal welfare, farming and the great outdoors as she has lived in the Cotswold all her life and grown up around animals, so when a job at Lackham working with animals and challenging students came up it was the perfect place for her to work.

In her spare time Michelle loves to spend it with her children, her dog Flo and five cats.

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