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Study Programmes

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  • All 16 to 19 students will be given the opportunity to take a study programme which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals. 

  • Study programmes will include substantial academic or applied and technical qualifications; non-qualification activity including work experience or work related activities; and the study of English language and maths where students do not hold a GCSE graded A*-C (or 9 – 4 in numerical grades) in that subject by age 16.

  • Study programmes are carefully negotiated with the aim of facilitating appropriate progression opportunities to higher education or further education and training or apprenticeships or employment.
  • The Deputy Principal has responsibility to ensure that appropriate study programmes are being planned and followed, in line with the Department for Education guidance on study programmes.

What will a study programme consist of?

All students will be expected to be full time and on an appropriate study programme of at least 540 hours.

At Advanced level:

A substantial academic qualification programme which is equivalent to at least 3 A levels (this may be A levels, Level 3 vocational programmes or the International Baccalaureate diploma)

English and Maths are compulsory and will be included in the programme above, where a grade A*-C at GCSE (or 9 - 4 in numerical grades) has not already been achieved. This may be GCSE or, if less than a grade D (3 in numerical grades) has already been achieved, a stepping stone qualification or an ESOL qualification.

Non-qualification activity, including a combination of the following: • Core Studies (which is compulsory for all students and monitors students’ progress through college and their progression to their next steps)

  • additional Learning Support and specific subject support
  • careers and university advice and guidance
  • participation in additional activities for those progressing to competitive courses, such as Medicine or Oxbridge
  • participation in purposeful and relevant enrichment activities, including additional courses, clubs, societies, visits and work experience or work-related activities.

At Pre-advanced level:

A substantial qualification programme which is equivalent to at least 4 GCSEs. This may be GCSES or vocational courses.

English and Maths are compulsory and will be included in the programme above, where a grade A*-C at GCSE (or 9 - 4 in numerical grades) has not already been achieved. This may be GCSE or, if less than a grade D (3 in numerical grades) has already been achieved, a stepping stone qualification or an ESOL qualification.

Non-qualification activity, including a combination of the following:

  • Core Studies (which is compulsory for all students and monitors students’ progress through college and their progression to their next steps)
  • additional Learning Support and specific subject support
  • careers and further education advice and guidance
  • participation in purposeful and relevant enrichment activities, including additional courses, clubs, societies, visits, work experience and work-related activities.

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