The Study Programme: a new approach to lead 16-19 year olds into further education and employment
From September 2013, the ‘Raising the Participation Age’ (RPA) policy will come into effect for learners aged 16 to 19. This means that from summer 2013, 16 year olds in education will be required to ‘participate’ in education until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.
From summer 2015, 17 year olds will be required to participate in education until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18.
This participation will be counted as learners engaging in one of the following:
- full time education including A-Levels (known as a ‘Study Programme’)
- an apprenticeship
- full-time work involving at least 280 hours of education
- a Traineeship
- home education.
The Study Programme is to consist of a minimum of 540 learning hours (with the intention that this will average out at around 600 hours, per learner, per Academic Year), contain either an academic programme or a substantial vocational qualification, and consist of a mixture of qualification and non-qualification (eg tutorial and work-experience) hours.
For the non-qualification hours, learners are required ‘where appropriate…to take part in work experience’, that is relevant to their course of study (unless a centre can ‘clearly demonstrate’ that it isn’t in the student’s best interests to do this).
Learners who haven’t yet achieved GCSE Grade ‘C’ in English and maths at 16 will continue to study these subjects, by taking Functional Skills or similar provision to enable them to progress towards their GCSE achievement.
Those students who aren’t able to study an academic programme or a substantial vocational qualification (eg if they have complex learning needs and/or disadvantage) are required to take a programme of work experience and continue to develop their numeracy and literacy skills.
The latest information will be available on the Education Funding Agencies’ area of the Department for Education website:
ASR Learning Centre offers a range of qualifications which meet the requirements of the Study Programme and support other priorities facing the 16-19 market. We have a portfolio of valuable vocational qualifications from a range of sectors, starting at Foundation Level and progressing to Level 3 and beyond, that offer progression into employment and higher level studies and include Functional Skills in English and Maths.
We also offer a number of qualifications which can be delivered alongside the Study Programme to prepare your learners for securing employment at the end of their training and support them with their work placement.
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