Full time further education is known as a 16-19 Study Programme. It is made up of four key elements:
- A substantial qualification
- English and maths, where this has not yet been achieved to GCSE grade 4
- Work experience
- Other non-qualification activity to develop character, broader skills, attitudes and confidence
The substantial qualification(s) for most students will be either:
- Technical qualifications (e.g. Technical Baccalaureate, BTECs) – These involve more practical activities. They enable you to develop industry skills which can be applied to real life situations to prepare for employment. Some courses may require learners to take exams as well as produce evidence of their new skills and knowledge throughout the year.
- Academic qualifications (e.g. A Levels) - 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, Assessments usually include an exam towards the end of the course and the learning style provides good foundations for progressions to higher education.