Foundation Programme


Our Foundation Programme provides the relevant skills and knowledge to help prepare you to meet the demands of Part One of our Qualifying Programme. This is especially useful if you do not have the academic or professional experience to enter the Qualifying Programme at Part One. The Foundation Programme is your first step on the path to a career as a governance professional or company secretary.

Download the Foundation Programme syllabus. This syllabus was updated in line with the July 2021 study text update and is to be used to prepare for the June 2022 exam.

Next steps

Once you have completed the Foundation Programme you can start your journey on the part 1 and part 2 modules.

Discover all your additional resources for part one and two.

Study text

If you have not yet downloaded your study text for this module and need it urgently, please email or call +44 (0)20 7580 4741 during business hours.

This is the main pdf version of the study text available to download as part of your qualification package.


Study text


Foundation Programme 

Download the study text

This is the recommended study text for the June and November 2023 exam.

Exam material

In the table below you will find:

  • Exam paper - this is the paper that was set at the exam session
  • Mark scheme - this is the document markers used to assess students' answers
  • Examiner's report - this is the examiner's comment on the examination performance
  • Student answers - for some sessions we can show examples of answers students wrote in the examination
  • Pass rates - These pass rates refer to exams from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories (all territories administered by the Chartered Governance Institute’s office in London).
Foundation Programme exam material
Exam sessionExam paperMark schemeExaminer's reportStudent answers
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November 2021 View View View

Exam paper 1 (pass)
Exam paper 2 (distinction)

June 2021 View View View
November 2020 View View View Exam paper 1
November 2019 View View View

June 2019 View View View

Response to question 23

Response to question 24

Response to question 25

November 2018 View View View

Response to question 23

Response to question25

Sample paper View View



We deliver a number of study support webinars for Part One and Part Two of the Qualifying Programme, covering topics ranging from planning your study to exam strategy, and can be find in the 'Learning resources' area, so you can view it at a time to suit you.  The subject specifc webinars can be found in each module area in the main 'My Learning' area, these include subject matter expert presentations.

We plan to deliver webinars that are subject specific to the Foundation Programme. You will receive an invitation to join these live webinars and the recordings can be accessed below.


Students on the Foundation Programme now have access to the associated e-learning course to aid with their study.

This e-learning tool provides a pre-read on each chapter of the study text with interactive features to guide students through the content before they read the study text.

It can be revisited as many times as you like, making it the perfect tool to aid your revision before the exam.

Features include:

  • Interactive pages to aid learning.
  • Interactive questions to test your knowledge with instant feedback.
  • Smartphone and tablet compatible with the free Learning Path app so can be used on the go - all you need is an internet connection. Download here from Google Play or iTunes.
    • The passcode for the domain site name for the Learning Path app is
    • You can then login using your username and password. 

See our guidance on how to get started and FAQs.

Register for the Foundation Programme e-learning. Please note if you are already registered onto our Learner Management System, you will need to email and request to have the Foundation Programme pathway added to your training plan.

Once you have registered your details, you will receive an approval email within 48 hours (Monday-Friday) confirming your account is ready to use.

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