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What is a Study Programme?
Study Programmes are government funded programmes of learning for young people aged 16-18 or aged between 16 and 25 for those young people who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Study Programmes at Green Labyrinth are designed to be offered at different levels and different sizes of qualification, depending on the prior attainment, initial assessments, needs and aspirations of each individual young person. These programmes of learning focus on the individual career aspirations and goals, as well as developing the personal skills and employability skills that are needed for the individual young person to progress to their next steps.
What does a Study Programme involve?
Study Programmes provide young people with a well-rounded programme of learning that includes:
Qualifications that develop both personal and vocational/employability skills that are linked to suitable progression opportunities. These may be further education, training, apprenticeships or employment
English and maths at a suitable level, for those young people who have not yet achieved a grade 4 or above at GCSE
Meaningful work experience or work-related activities that are linked to the young person’s career aspirations and that will develop, skills, attitudes and confidence to progress to the next step
Extra-curricular activities that support social development, confidence and wellbeing
Trips, visits and guest speakers – a variety of different trips, visits and speakers to enhance the Study Programme
Duke of Edinburgh Award – to gain new experiences, meet new people, challenge yourself and have fun, taking part in activities to gain new skills and build confidence
What does a Study Programme timetable look like?
Learners are timetabled for 4 days per week in college. Most days start at 9.30am and lessons finish by 3.50pm, with extra-curricular activities taking place in the last session of the day, Monday to Thursday. These should finish by 4.35pm.
Most learners will also undertake work experience – the hours will depend on the learner and the work placement provider. Learners who are not yet ready for work experience will undertake other work-related activities.
Please refer to the college calendar for term dates, staff training days and other important dates.
What qualifications are part of the Study Programme?
Personal Growth and Wellbeing
This is a Pearson BTEC qualification that focuses on the development of personal skills to ensure that the young person is able to better function in modern every day life. Dependent on the young person’s individual prior attainment, initial assessment and needs, the qualification is delivered at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 and in a variety of different sizes (Subsidiary Award, Award, Certificate and Extended Certificate). Assessment is by coursework (no exams), using a variety of different methods. Modules delivered include:
Physical Health and Wellbeing
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
The Role of Relationships in Health and Wellbeing
Personal Progression Planning
This is a Pearson BTEC qualification that focuses on the development of employability and vocational skills in preparation for the next step into further study, apprenticeships or employment. The qualification is delivered at Level 1 and, dependent on the young person’s individual prior attainment, initial assessment and needs, in a variety of different sizes (Award, Certificate and Diploma). Assessment is by coursework (no exams), using a variety of different methods. A number of different vocational modules are delivered and may be adapted to an individual learner’s career aspirations. Vocational areas delivered could include the following, although others may be added or swapped:
Caring for Children and Animals
Health and Social Care
English and Maths
Learners who have not yet achieved GCSE English and Maths at a grade 4 or above will continue to study English and Maths. Dependent on prior achievement, initial assessment and need, learners will study either Functional Skills English and Maths at Entry 3, Level 1 or Level 2 or GCSE English and Maths.
What is an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)?
An EHCP outlines a young person’s educational and health needs, the support that needs to be put in place and the agreed outcomes. An EHCP can only be put in place once the young person has had an EHCP assessment through the local authority (eg Swindon Borough Council). EHCPs cover young people up to the age of 25.
Once an EHCP is in place, the local authority refers the young person to a place of education (eg Green Labyrinth) for an initial meeting. Once everyone has agreed that the education setting is the right one for the young person, the support outlined in the EHCP is put in place. The support is fully funded by the local authority and is not means tested. EHCPs are regularly reviewed with the education provider, young person, parent/care giver and local authority and are adapted as required.
Further information on EHCPs can be found on the Swindon Borough Council website through the link below:
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