All ESFA funded education for 16 to 19 year olds should be delivered as a study programme which combines qualifications and other activities, and which is tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals.
Every study programme must have a core aim. For the majority of students, this will be either the study of substantial technical, applied or academic qualification(s) or preparation for employment
The study programme at Ashton on Mersey School consists of Level 3 qualifications. Currently all students follow a broadly vocational pathway, with some students following a pathway which combines vocational and academic qualifications. From September 2023 all students will follow either an academic pathway or a vocational pathway. More details about our courses can be found in our prospectus by clicking here.
Young people who do not hold a GCSE grade 4 in Maths or English are required to continue these subjects as part of their study programme.
Ashton Mersey sixth form students who do not hold a grade 4 in Maths or English are provided with time on their programme to retake these subjects. They can retake either Maths or English, not both.
All study programmes should include work experience and non-qualification activities which complement the other elements of the programme and support the student to progress to further or higher education or to employment. The non-qualification activity should develop students’ character, skills, attitudes and confidence.
Students in our sixth form are expected to take part in a number of activities which provide them with opportunity to develop a range of “soft skills”.
Further information about the 16-19 Study Programme can be found on the gov.uk website, by clicking here.