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 Foundation (Entry/SEN)

The Foundation programme offers students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (SEN) exciting opportunities to develop skills for everyday life to move them towards independence and potential employment.

We assess each learner’s capabilities, which allows us to determine the level of individual support required. Courses are delivered at our dedicated Ingelow Centre where facilities include:

> 10 classrooms
> A flat which is a real home environment
> A sensory classroom
> A computer lab
> An art room
> A full equipped catering kitchen
> A quiet room
> First aid/personal care facilities
> A sensory garden
> A large greenhouse
> A summer house
< I-Shop and I-Café - realistic working environments

Please click here to download our Foundation (Entry/SEN) Course Guide.
We have a dedicated team of highly skilled and experienced staff and we pride ourselves in being able to offer a caring environment, which encourages the learner to gain confidence and self-esteem whilst learning new skills and having fun.

Our aim is to support students to develop their individual potential. We assess each learner’s capabilities, which enables us to organise the level of individual support required.

Based at the Ingelow Centre is the Programme Area Manager for Foundation along with 4 teaching staff, a work experience coordinator and a English and Maths tutor.

We also employ over 40 Learning Support Assistants who all hold specialist qualifications/training certificates in relation to a disability and/or a learning difficulty.
Leaving school and going to college can be a worrying time for students. Short taster courses can be arranged prior to starting at college that support students to familiarise themselves with staff and their surroundings and help them to settle into college life.

Visits by parents/careers and students are always welcome and these can be arranged by contacting Carol Hanford, Programme Area Manager on 01205 365701 ext 3258.

There are also a wide range of support services available, including specialist assessments; Learning Support Assistants; a Learning Mentor; specialist equipment and personal assistance for mobility and personal care needs; adapted resources for individuals with learning, mobility, visual and hearing impairments; transportation and travel training support; special exam arrangements; and additional tuition.
What is a Supported Internship?
Supported Internships are for 16-24 year olds with a learning difficulty and/or disability who wish to work towards gaining employment.

A Supported Internship is designed to help those who have a lower level of literacy and numeracy or difficulties with employability skills to help gain paid employment.

The Intern will be employed to support a business need with the intention of being offered a paid job at the end of the study programme, should the required standard be met.

What do Interns do?
The courses runs for an academic year, with Interns studying at college for 1 day a week undertaking numeracy and literacy sessions, alongside preparation for employment workshops. Work placements are for a minimum of 2 days a week over a 6 months period.

For more information on Supported Internships, please contact Carol Hanford in The Foundation Term on 01205 365701 ext 3258 or
If your son, daughter or ward is currently a Foundation (Entry/SEN) student at Boston College, and you have a question or query, you can contact Carol Hanford, Programme Area Manager for Foundation (Entry/SEN) by emailing

Case studies

Sam Bee

I started studying a Foundation course at Boston College, which I studied several years. I then decided I was ready to move onto employment but still required some support, which was why I chose a Supported Internship course. Read more...

Jessica Huskisson

I really enjoyed my work experience at Asda...

Department news

Supported Internship leads to successful employment

Boston College Foundation student, Ronon Creasey, has successfully gained paid employment following on from his Supported Internship Programme with Boston Borough Council.


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