The Government’s 16 to 19 study programmes are designed to provide students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their future career plans. The principles of these study programmes are met in full at Landau Forte College Derby where students’ pathways:
- include one or more academic, applied or vocational qualification that stretches the student and links clearly to training, employment or higher education. To reflect the greater demand of the new academic and vocational specifications, the majority of students from September 2016 study three A Level or equivalent subjects. However, four subject pathways are available for the most able students to facilitate their career aspirations. Pathways are monitored and revised when necessary, together with some entry requirements in response to the greater robustness of the new qualifications, which ensure students maximise their options of progression at the end of the sixth form.
- require students who do not have GCSE 4-9 in Maths or English to work towards the achievement of these qualifications.
- allow for meaningful work experience (related to the vocational area) and/or other non-qualification activity undertaken by all students, including supervised private study sessions, Learning for Life sessions and full participation in tutor time. These, as well as other optional activities such as participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Ward Volunteering and mentoring programmes, develop students’ personal skills and/or prepare them for employment, training or higher/further education. The College places great emphasis on maximising progression to the next stage of education, employment or an apprenticeship as shown by the successful progression of students onto higher levels of qualification, the rates of completion work placement in Year 12 and a CIAG programme which begins during recruitment of students whilst in Year 11 and continues throughout the Sixth Form, frequently delivered through visits or visiting speakers.