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Entry and Level 1 Programmes

View Our Entry and Level 1 Programmes Courses

By studying a Foundation Learning course at Newton Rigg College students will develop their confidence, learning and work-related skills.

All learners study core skills together with a choice of vocational pathways:

• Animal Care
• Health and Social Care
• Agriculture
• Work Skills
• Retail Services

All our pathways are designed to enable students to study subjects they enjoy whilst gaining a practical understanding of a vocational area. 

All of our full-time Foundation Learning courses include a vocational qualification. They also cover personal and social skills as well as help you develop your Maths and English skills.

The programmes take place in a supportive environment and are flexible, enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. 

Courses are offered at Entry Level, Level One, and Level 1.5 to allow for appropriate progression.  At the end of the time in Foundation Learning students may progress into our Level Two provisions within the College or into full or supported employment with local employers.


Our learners are based in a their own building in the centre of the Newton Rigg Campus, which includes teaching base rooms together with social areas. Teachers and Learning Development Staff provide ongoing support throughout the day.

The day starts within the base area but then learners have the options of using the wide-range of teaching facilities within Newton Rigg College. Depending on the pathway learners may be working with the animals in Newton Rigg’s Animal Academy, they may be taking part in activities on the Farm, in the College’s gardens or they may be running a short activity for children from the nursery based at the College.

Learners will join with students from other pathways when they are studying English, Maths and Personal Development units. Learners also work together on group projects including fundraising activities for local charities and on planning educational visits to local farms, animal centres, zoos and work places.


Open Days are held throughout the year at the College, when prospective learners are welcome to come and meet current learners and take part in a day’s activities with them.

If you would like to come and visit please find out more about our Open Days.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400