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Study Programme

Study Programme

Enhance and maximise learners’ success

Do you need more support delivering the Department for Education’s Study Programme?


Look no further for current advice and supportive qualifications to enhance and maximise learners’ success on their study programmes in 2021 and beyond. 
Open College Network West Midlands can provide a focused service which enables you to deliver meaningful, tailored study programmes to your diverse learner groups, which complement academic and vocational pathways.

You will be able to individualise learners’ education and training experiences; in turn enhancing their progression to further education or employment opportunities.


Key Components of the Study Programme:

Please review the information below for details on key components of the study programme and useful links. We offer an extensive range of qualifications which can be included within a range of learners’ study programmes.

  • High quality work experience or work preparation

    High quality, meaningful work experience is a central aspect of study programmes. It needs to be completed within an external setting or organisation separate to the centre, to be counted as planned hours. This enables centres to ensure learners’ employability skills are well developed and assessed within real workplace settings – aligning with the chosen substantial qualification. One of the main aims is to develop the required work ethic and skills to enhance individual learners’ progression and inclusion in the workforce.

    A vital aspect of this is the effective preparation of learner within the centre before they start their work experience, and we offer a range of short qualifications to support centres into achieving this. For example, our Level 1 Award in Developing Skills for Employment and our Level 1 Award in Work Ready Skills.


    Please access this link for other qualifications that learners can achieve for work preparation you could include within the study programme framework.

  • Additionality and Supporting Qualifications

    Additionality and supporting qualifications are smaller components that can be delivered within the study programme to add value and support skills development, which will further enhance learners progress and achievement. They need to be aligned to the core programme to build learners confidence and develop transferable skills, so learner can take advantage of employment opportunities.

    Supporting qualifications can also include Maths and English.

    As centres you will be able to select additionality and supporting qualifications that produce holistic study programmes sitting within a specific subject area - thereby enhancing your learners’ experiences and outcomes.

    To access a range of appropriate qualifications please see the links below:

    First Aid at Work
    Dyslexia Awareness
    English and mathematics
    Prevent Duty Awareness
    Preparation for Work and Life Suite
    Computing and Information Security (Level 1 Award)

  • Enrichment, Employabilty and Pastoral (Tutorial)

    This key aspect of the study programme is often called EEP and is an essential part of developing your learners’ employability, work ready and study knowledge and skills. It enriches learners’ programmes – extending their knowledge, skills, attitudes and work- based behaviours.

    The Pastoral/Tutorial aspect is vital in developing learners’ ability to progress and develop important skills such as resilience, and then ability to manage societal and work-based situations. We offer a range of qualifications to support EEP achievements.

    Tutorials include a range of learning activities to ensure effective progress of all learners and supports their individual needs - reducing barriers to learning, achievement and progression. These can vary from non-accredited training activities to short, regulated qualifications which focus on learner’s individual personal development and welfare needs including health and personal well - being.

    To access a range of suitable qualifications, access our ‘Short Qualification Offer' - plus qualifications that can support accrediting Tutorial Time:

  • English and Maths

    English and maths are a mandatory part of study programmes and can be achieved through a variety of qualifications, depending on the learners’ prior attainment within these vital subjects. This may include taking English and or maths qualifications where a learner has not achieved a GCSE grade 4 (reformed grading) or grade C (legacy grading).

    Learners may take GCSE, Functional skills or other approved numeracy and literacy qualifications to meet this study programme requirement. Although, the overall aim is to ensure that all learners continue to develop literacy and numeracy skills throughout their study programmes – embedded within the curriculum and work experience activities.

    Please see our relevant qualifications within these suites:

Study Programmes support the development and progression of learners through a more holistic approach to learning. They support effective transition of learners into further study, successful employment, or a dream career within a range of subject sector areas. They ensure learners can fulfil their potential across a range of educational routes by undertaking a range of qualifications and work-based learning/experiences.


Please also refer to our Short qualification offer page that provide a wide range of flexible solutions to use within study programmes.

For support and advice on accessing funding for the varied qualifications that can be taken as part of study programmes, please access our Funding page here.

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