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Study programmes

Create well-rounded, confident learners by putting their needs at the heart of your curriculum planning.  

Study programmes offer learning that’s tailored to your learners’ goals, alongside work experience, to help them succeed in the real world. Our courses meet the Department for Education’s (DfE) requirements and cover various sectors, so you can create a programme that meets the current and future needs of the workforce.   

What does a study programme include? 

A study programme is made up of:  

  • Core aim – A substantial level 2 or 3 qualification that constitutes at least half of a learner’s programme, i.e. over 270 PLH.
  • Non-qualification activities – Employability, enrichment and pastoral (EEP) work that complements learning and enhances transferable skills and confidence. Our EEP resources come as standard with core qualifications, allowing you to build a bespoke programme at no extra cost.
  • English and maths – All learners aged 16-19, who do not hold at least a GCSE grade 4, are required to study English and maths as part of their study programme.
  • Work experience – This is a key component in developing skills for work. You should offer learners experience that’s relevant to their career goals and local employment prospects.
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16 to 19 study programmes

Guide for providers

Did you know there are 16-19 study programme guides for providers available on the government website? They contain information for education and training providers on the planning and delivery of study programmes and cover academic, technical and vocational study programmes.

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