If your son/daughter/charge is 16-19 years old then they have two main choices for furthering their education at college: They will either be enrolled on a full time Study Programme or they will have found a job with an employer who has taken them on as an apprentice, and the college will be providing the training in partnership with their employer.
The full time Study Programme is delivered at college over a Monday – Friday working week. A Study Programme is made up of several parts: The main subject qualification(s); the GCSE or Functional Skills Maths and English for those learners with grade 4 or less, online and professional tutorial provide support, both for academic progress support and university and careers advice; some classroom based skills training for employment; some external work experience and an option to participate in a choice of sport or arts activities.
Each 16-19 Study Programme either leads to the next level in the subject choice, for instance a Level 2 Information Technology Study Programme will lead onto a Level 3 Information Technology Study programme which in turn leads to university, or into employment. Employment after successfully completing either a Level 2 or a Level 3 Study Programme may also lead onto employment as an apprentice.
Study Programmes are available at Entry Level and at Level 1 – all Study Programmes take account of the starting point and entry qualifications of your son or daughter or charge and are designed to support learning, development and growth leading to employment or further and higher education.
To discuss and understand the options and routes available for 16 – 19 year olds please contact the Guidance Centre at North Devon on 01271 338125 or Mid Devon on 01884 235 330.