Access to Further Study

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

Our Level 2 Adult Foundation pathway is a two-year part time course and aims to equip students with qualifications that will vastly improve their job prospects or prepare them for Level 3 study.

This programme is aimed at mature learners who have life experience (at least 2 years out of full-time education) and some previous qualifications, which may be at low grades, or were taken a long time ago.

What you will study

The Adult Foundation pathway is a part time two-year course, which builds on existing skills. You will study Science, Social Science, Maths, English, IT and Study Skills as part of the Agored Skills for Further Diploma and you will also have the opportunity to sit GCSE English and Maths. Weekly tutorials are held to explore progression routes and support you through your studies.

Entry requirements

Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy assessed at interview (equivalent to GCSE Grade D or above). Learners need to be outside of FT education for two years prior to studying this Course.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.


What our students say

I was home educated from year 7 onwards, and as a result I ended up not getting any qualifications. I knew I needed to get something so I could get a job. I found all my tutors really supportive, but seeing is believing, so I would say come and see what this college could do for you.

Kulsum Salamut
Studied Adult Foundation

Career prospects & further study

After completing this course many students progress on to our Access courses which give you the opportunity to apply for university. Other student apply for a variety of Level 3 courses which are offered at the college, as well pursuing a variety jobs with their new skills. 

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Next steps

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE

Community Location
Community Location

This course is offered externally at a site in the local community. You will receive the location of the course once you have submitted your application.