16-19 Study Programmes

All 16 to 19 year old students should be given the opportunity to take a study programme which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals. 16-19 Study Programmes were introduced in September 2013 to provide students with study programmes that:

  • Provide progression to a level higher than that of their prior attainment
  • Include qualification(s) that are of sufficient size and rigour to stretch the student and that are clearly linked to suitable progression opportunities in training, employment or higher levels of education
  • Require students who do not already have GCSE A*-C in maths and English to work towards them (or other qualifications that will act as a stepping stone for achievement of these qualifications in time)
  • Allow for meaningful work experience related to any vocational areas of the study programme, which develops employability skills and/or creates potential employment options for those who cannot do substantial vocational qualifications
  • Include other activities unrelated to qualifications that develop the skills, attitudes and confidence that support progression

Financial support may be available. You can find more information on 16 to 19 education: financial support for students on the government website.

16 to 19 Bursary Fund

The 16-19 Bursary Fund supports the most financially disadvantaged 16-19 year olds and those young people who most need help with the costs of staying in education. Find out more on the government 16-19 Bursary Fund web page.