Study Programmes

Full time further education is known as a 16-19 Study Programme. It is made up of three key elements:

  • a substantial qualification (academic or vocational)
  • continuing to improve English and maths, working towards GCSE grade C (new GCSE grade 4/5) where appropriate if it hasn't already been achieved
  • work experience.

Learning Styles

Not everybody learns in the same way and it is important to consider what learning style best suits you when choosing what to do when you leave school or college.


Work based

This is learning that takes place in a work environment. It is a practical way of learning that offers real life work experience whilst working towards relevant qualifications in an industry.

Examples of work based learning include Apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships.



This style of learning involves more practical activities. Vocational qualifications, such as BTECs, provide practical learning opportunities, including work experience, and are often available at a range of levels to help learners develop their skills. They enable you to develop industry skills which can be applied to real life situations to prepare for employment. They also support the development of independence and life skills. Some courses may require learners to take exams as well as produce evidence of their new skills and knowledge throughout the year.

Benefits of Vocational and Work based learning

Short         Experience a range of jobs or learn skills related to a preferred job

Medium     Gain qualifications relevant to a specific industry or job

Long          Learn practical skills related to real life work



This is a more formal style of learning which is usually based on theory rather than practical activities. Whether you choose to go to a school sixth form or a sixth form college, A levels provide qualifications that are recognised by employers. They also support the development of independence and life skills. Assessments usually include an exam towards the end of the course and the learning style provides good foundations for progressions to higher education.

Benefits of Academic learning

Short         Develop independence and communication skills

Medium     The option to gain an in-depth knowledge of a range of subjects

Long          Get qualifications to support progress to continue in education and

                   access higher education


To search for local courses please visit the Careers Explorer


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