Foundation Studies

Our Foundation Studies Department offers a range of courses for students with learning difficulties and disabilities, taking a tailored approach to individual learning needs.

Specialist support

The department specialises in the areas of profound and multiple learning difficulties, autism, severe and moderate learning difficulties, sensory processing and working with disengaged learners. We treat every student as unique, ensuring they receive the highest standard of education.

Our range of courses will help you to gain skills for personal progression – whether it’s accessing mainstream education or developing independent living skills.

Our local offer


As a Foundation Studies student, you’ll be part of our most active College group. You’ll be able to attend residentials, take part in events, obtain a work placement through our dedicated job coach, and enjoy learning in a fun and supportive environment. 

Truro College is fantastic. It’s exciting, fun and I really like the staff. I have also made lots of new friends at the College and my favourite subjects are Dance and Me, My Body and I.

Chloe, Independent Living student

Courses A-Z

Access Inclusive Learning Full time Truro College
Access Inclusive Learning Full time Penwith College
Access Skills Development Full time Truro College
Access to Community & Education Full time Truro College
Skilled for Life - Level 1 Certificate Full time Penwith College
Skilled for Life - Level 1 Certificate Full time Truro College

From the course

Tutor Profile – Sophie Rollason

Sophie Rollason from Penryn, began her teaching career at Truro and Penwith College in performing arts before dedicating teaching hours as a Learning Support Assistant for foundation Studies. It was at this point that she realised that this was her calling: “The students I work with are the most inspiring young people that you will ever meet.” “I like to help people who are passionate about the subject, because everyone deserves to be successful. The students I work with are so inspiring, there is not a day that passes where you don’t smile – they really put life into perspective.” Presented with Cornwall’s outstanding special education teacher of the year award in April 2017, Sophie continues to inspire young people to make a difference within the community.

Sophie devotes her free time to teaching dance within community youth groups for 6-18 year olds, such as ‘The Saturday Club’ in Penryn. Sophie also facilitates special education foundation student volunteers to help teach the youth groups at the weekends. When she was younger Sophie enjoyed her education and loved the teachers at Truro and Penwith College. From the time that she spent there it was evident that her career goals involved being one of those teachers who makes lessons fun and enjoyable for students – much like the experience that she received. Sophie has completed the full educational journey with Truro and Penwith College from BTEC Performing Arts, FdA Dance and then continuing further to complete her PGCE to qualify as a teacher. “If you show an interest and you’re passionate about what you do, Truro and Penwith College will open the doors for you.” Sophie is planning to stay teaching at Truro and Penwith College in the future but continuing to make valuable links with the community, helping everyone to gain the same opportunities.