16-19 Study Programmes

Foundation Programme:

For students with less than 5 C grades or equivalent at GCSE; this study programme provides a progression route to Level 3 study or other training/ employment opportunities.

The programme includes:

GCSE English/ Maths (and Functional Skills as appropriate to the student)

Level 2 Work Skills

Level 2 ICT

Work placement/ Enrichment

Employability and Enrichment Opportunities:

All students on Foundation courses will be provided with work placements to complement their studies. They will also be involved in a Business and Enterprise challenge. In addition, students on the Foundation programme can access other enrichment opportunities provided by the Sixth Form. This excludes the Wednesday afternoon provision as this time is used for additional English and Maths support with specialist teachers and the Sixth Form Team.


Students joining Year 12 will be placed on the appropriate Foundation course depending on GCSE results.


Foundation students can move to a Level 3 programme (appropriate courses) or go into employment/ further training. All foundation students will be provided with careers advice around apprenticeships and the world of work.

Level 3 Programme:

Students will be provided with comprehensive guidance during Year 11 in order that they make appropriate course choices for Post 16 study, based on their career aspirations, interests and likely GCSE grades. Where students are predicted to achieve at least 5A*-C grades, or equivalent, they will gain access to both Level 3 vocational courses and A Level courses.

Students will almost all choose to study three subjects, with a small group selecting four subjects. That said; since the students with largely A*-B grades are likely to be seeking places at Russell Group universities, the advice would be clear that three A*/A grades are required rather than four grades/ points and, as such, three subjects may be more appropriate. EPQ to be offered to those students who are studying three subjects and applying to Russell Group establishments as part of the enrichment offer.

Employability and Enrichment Opportunities:

All students will be interviewed at the start of Year 12 and a bespoke employability plan put in place according to interest and need. This may involve work experience, mentoring, trips and visits, events or widening participation programmes. This will be coordinated by the Sixth Form Team.

In 2016-17 the offer on a Wednesday afternoon will include: EPQ/ Mosaic Mentoring/ Teach First Futures/ Social Mobility Foundation/ Leeds Beckett Tomorrow’s Professionals today/ Leeds University Realising Opportunities/ Progression Module/ CSLA/ Duke of Edinburgh Bronze/ Work Experience.


5A*-C (or equivalent) with guidance on course choices based on specific grades and subjects studied at GCSE.


Courses are linear and therefore two years. Students will be expected to progress to University, higher level apprenticeships or employment.

All students:

Whether students are on a Foundation Programme or Level 3 Programme, they will all be provided with:

  • A weekly tutorial with a programme designed around study skills, PSHE, personal progress and future planning. The UCAS application process will start at the end of Year 12 and run until the Christmas of Year 13 as part of this programme.
  • A fortnightly assembly with a combination of guest speakers from the world of work and external agencies in the area of personal safety and values.
  • The option of additional work experience in the summer term to support career plans.

Resit Maths and English

In the majority of cases, students who do not have a C grade in Maths and English Language (grade 4 in summer 2017) will be placed on the Foundation Programme. However, in some cases, students may progress to Level 3 courses and resit one of these core subjects as required.

It is required that ALL students who fail to achieve these minimum standards in Maths and English Language will continue their studies in Sixth Form.

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