Programme of Study

At Aldridge School all students are expected to meet the study programme principles as set out below.

Study programme principles

All 16 to 19 study programmes are designed to provide students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. Study programmes are individually tailored but will typically combine the elements below:

  1. substantial qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment.
  2. English and maths where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4
  3. Work experience to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in real working conditions
  4. other non-qualification activity to develop students’ character, broader skills, attitudes and confidence, and to support progression.

Study programmes are designed to be full-time with a minimum of 540 planned hours per academic year (as per our funding guidance, we expect full-time study programmes for 16 and 17 year olds to be on average 600 hours). 

At Aldridge

All students select 3 Post-16 subjects, which are taught for 5 hours per week. In addition to that students attend form time for 1/2 hour per day, where they are taught PSHCE, and 1 hr of Careers Advice and Information and Guidance per week. This equates to a minimum of 646 hours of planned time.

Should a student not achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English, then lessons for those subjects will be timetabled to allow the student the opportunity to reach GCSE grade 4.