Study Programmes


The introduction of Study Programmes in 2013 was a Department of Education (DfE) initiative to ensure individualised learning and work placement opportunities for 16-19 learners and to enhance future success and employability.

Designed to complement both vocational and academic pathways, Study Programmes can truly fit around the preferred learning methods of each learner and be designed to meet individual learner needs and career goals.

Study Programmes are made up of key components and provide flexibility and choice to improve learner outcomes:

  • core qualification – a substantial level 2 or 3 qualification with high GLH and UCAS points
  • additionality qualifications – smaller qualifications designed to complement learning and enhance transferrable skills and confidence
  • supporting qualifications – from employability to Functional Skills in English and maths, giving learners the best chance of success
  • work experience – to get learners career-ready.

Our study programmes meet the requirements of the DfE and support flexibility and choice for learners. They are supported by high-quality learning resources – including blended programmes of learning and diagnostic tools. These resources are designed to improve delivery and give 16-19 year old learners the best chance of success.

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Study Programme components

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Blended Learning Resources

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