Study programmes are aimed at learners aged 16-19 and cover all levels from entry level qualifications up to Level 3. A study programme can only have one core aim at a time and all activities must be relevant to the overall needs and aspirations of the learner. All young people without a GCSE Grade C in English or maths must continue to work towards achieving level 2 in these subjects (where appropriate and achievable).
A study programme will:
- Include qualification(s) that are of sufficient size and rigour to stretch the student and are clearly linked to suitable progression opportunities in training, employment or higher levels of education. Learners with a learning difficulty and/or disability can be exempted from this principle altogether if their needs are better met and progression better supported through structured non-qualification activity
- Enable a learner to work towards Level 2 in maths and English (if a learner is not already at this level). Learners with a learning difficulty and/or disability need not have their English and Maths learning accredited but do need to have skills in these two areas included in their programme, as relevant to their individual needs and planned progression.
- Allow for meaningful work experience related to the vocational area of the Study Programme, which develops employability skills and/or creates potential employment options. For many students with a learning difficulty and/or disability, this principle will apply. For a small number where employment is not their progression aim, even in the longer term, this principle can be disapplied.
- Include other activities unrelated to qualifications that develop the skills, attitudes and confidence that support progression.