Study Programmes

We understand that meeting your learners’ needs and providing them with tailored programmes of study is crucial.

16-19 Study Programmes were introduced by the Department of Education to individualise learners’ education and training experience, while enhancing their employment prospects. They are designed to complement all learner pathways, both vocational and academic.

Below is a list of the components to consider when putting together a programme, with information on how ABC Awards can offer support:

Substantial Core Qualification

For those learners following a vocational route, their Study Programme is expected to have at least one substantial size qualification making up the majority of the Study Programme time. Centres will need to ensure that progression pathways and options for employment are available.

We offer a wide variety of qualifications to support you in building bespoke Study Programmes. You can browse our range and find out the QCF credit value and guided learning hours by clicking here.

Maths and English

Maths and English are essential requirements of a Study Programme. Learners are expected to have already achieved or be working towards GCSEs in maths and English, grades A* to C.

Alternatively, learners can work towards an equivalent Functional Skills qualification in English or maths, which are flexible options for learners who are less likely to reach a C grade at GCSE or who would benefit from learning these core subjects with a real-world structure. Ask our team about our Functional Skills qualifications delivered as part of the Awarding Consortium which can be used to help build a Study Programme.

Work Experience

The work experience offered will need to meet the individual needs of the learner. Work experience, where applicable, is encouraged and likely to be a substantial element of a Study Programme. Many of our vocational qualifications contain work placement units. In addition we have a full suite of qualifications within the Preparation for Work category that could be used to demonstrate participation.

Employability Skills

We offer a number of employability qualifications that can be delivered alongside Study Programmes. These qualifications can provide work ready solutions through accredited employability qualifications, while supporting the learner in their work placement and helping them to prepare for finding employment at the end of their training. These qualifications include:

We also have a number of individual units that are available via our Employability programme. These units range from Entry Level 2 through to Level 3 are all funded by the Skills Funding Agency as part of our ‘Units for the Unemployed’.

Additional Units to Enhance the Programme

In order to complement the learner journey, our Unit Bank provides opportunities to enhance the Study Programme, whether this is based around the learner’s interest, to enhance their employment opportunities or main core Study Programme.

Enrichment Activities

These are activities that are unrelated to qualifications. They develop the skills, attitudes and confidence to support progression, and fall outside the core Study Programme.

We understand there is a lot to consider when planning programmes of study and are here to support you in any way we can. Our Business Development Team is available to discuss your needs and our programmes in more detail and they can be contacted by email or by calling 0115 854 1620.

Find out more about planning Study Programmes here.