Foundation Course

12 week course starting 1st November 2019

£250.00 £199.00

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A comprehensive grounding in the profession of charity work. Curated by experts from across the sector, you’ll join a network of talented professionals who are committed to building a progressive sector. Together you’ll study the key principles of creating social impact and gain practical experience to get into the charity sector. Sponsored by

Mobile-friendly, work anywhere, at your pace and unlock content as you go: 1 Induction module, 1 Bootcamp, 5 Core modules and practical fundraising challenge (more details below).

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Our flagship course gives you a comprehensive grounding in the profession of charity work. Curated by experts from across the sector, you’ll join a network of talented professionals who are committed to building a progressive sector. Together you’ll study the key principles of creating social impact and get practical experience to get into the charity sector.

The course kicks off with a Careers Bootcamp where you can meet your fellow learners and hear inspiring talks from a range of sector experts. We’ll also catch up with previous Charity Fast-Trackers who’ll be on hand to share their journeys and welcome you to our network.


Learn how the third-sector works

Logging into our award-winning Canvas LMS learning platform, you’ll access 5 theory modules and one practical challenge; these make up the course you’ll be assessed on.

Core Module Themes:

Get Practical Experience for your CV

At the heart of this learning is a practical fundraising challenge. Our partners at international development charity subsidise your learning experience. In return, you’ll lead a team of volunteers to raise vital funds so that they can continue to change and save the lives of children in Kenya and Sierra Leone. 

Through this you’ll showcase practical skills in volunteer management, charity communication and project design. You’ll have a record of creating social impact on your CV, and you’ll have a great time doing it.  Since 2015 Charity Fast-Trackers have raised over £300,000 between them; we’re excited for you to join us.

Unlock Content as You Go

For every Charity Fast-Tracker who completes the 5 theory modules plus their fundraising challenge, we’ll provide a bonus module of dedicated careers support, available to access for 6 months from the end of the course. This is our way of investing in the best, most dedicated talent.

Our partners at and from across the sector are looking to hire the best talent; we’ll share these opportunities and help you plan your next steps together.

We’ve designed Charity Fast-Track: Foundation to fit in around life’s other challenges. Our course content is available wherever you are through the Canvas Student mobile app, so you can plan your career in social change whenever suits you best.

This year we’ve labelled all of our content with average reading times, so you can balance your study. For those of you who want to ask questions or deep dive on topics, our course discussions are an opportunity to exchange ideas and get inspired. Most importantly, our team are always here to make sure your learning experience is a positive one

Want to meet like-minded people?

You’ll also receive invitations to join us at future Careers Bootcamps and networking events, and contribute to our work with the Charity Careers Podcast, where you’ll be able to access sector experts directly on the questions that matter most.


Curated by experts from across the sector

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Course Timeline


1 month before:

  • Log in to platform
  • Complete course induction
  • Introduce yourself to fellow learners
  • Join group discussions
  • Sign up to Careers Bootcamp

Foundation Course

12 week programme:

Complete Launch modules

How Charities Operate

Planning Your Fundraising Challenge

Attend Careers Bootcamp:
2 weeks after course start date

Unlock more content as you learn:

How Charities Make Money

How Charities Communicate

How Charities Drive Change

How Charities Deliver Impact

Complete Assessed work
(by 12 week deadline)

Next Steps

After 12 weeks:

  • 6 month access to careers module content
  • Placements with partner orgs
  • Explore more CFT content
  • Invite to future Careers Bootcamps

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this course so cheap?

We want to create a sector that welcomes all talents. This course currently costs £199.00. We are able to offer this incredible discount because it is generously subsidised by our course partner:

How long is this course?

This is an intensive 12 week course, starting in November.

Can I take this course part time?

The e-learning platform is very mobile-friendly and we provide a clear indication of time required for each module, so you can fit the course into your own busy schedule.

Can I just do specific elements of this course to boost my skills in one area?

We are considering offering stand-alone modules. You can pre-order these modules or subscribe to be notified when they become available.

Is this course suitable for me?

This course is right for you if you’re looking to:

> discover more about charity careers and what it takes to make a difference

> understand how to secure a job in charity

> learn to be effective quickly and fast-track your career progression

> join a growing network of progressive charity professionals

What happened to Charity Apprentice?

The old 10 month course has been streamlined and re-branded as Charity Fast-Track. Our new flagship Foundation Course is still supported by and is much shorter and more focused. We will be developing variations to suit different time commitments and to allow more people to boost their skills at various points throughout their careers.

Is there a group discount?

For every ten Fast-Trackers who sign up to the course, we’ll offer a place to someone who otherwise wouldn’t get the chance to take part. Contact us for details.

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Foundation Course
£250.00 £199.00