At Highbury College all students aged 16 to 19 will be on a high quality individualised Study Programme which is a key part of every student’s journey towards employment, an apprenticeship, university or further or higher education.

All students can expect the following as part of their Study programme at the College:

  • Excellent career advice
  • Regular monitoring of progress and targets
  • Study for a relevant vocational or academic qualification at Entry to Level 3
  • English and maths
  • At least 30 hours of external work experience which is relevant to their vocational programme
  • Tutorial Programme
  • Enrichment activities

The key themes at Entry Level / Level 1 are:

  • Gaining confidence in chosen subject area
  • Development of Interpersonal Skills
  • Develop English & maths skills
  • Develop employability skills
  • Work experience
  • Progression to Level 1 / Level 2

The key themes at Level 2 are:

  • Occupational focus
  • Development of occupational skills in a selected vocational area 
  • Development of employability skills with a view to raising aspirations
  • Progression
  • Work Readiness

The key themes at Level 3 will be progression into Higher Education, Training or Employment

Careers Advice

When you apply to the College you will receive an in-depth interview to determine what career path you wish to take and your Study Programme will be planned around this. You will receive impartial advice and guidance on what you need to do to reach your career aspirations.

Vocational / Academic Qualification

As part of your Study Programme you will work towards a vocational qualification, Traineeship or an academic qualification such as A levels.  Vocational qualifications and Traineeships will be available from Entry Level through to Level 3.

English and Maths

Highbury College takes English and maths development very seriously and will help all of our students, young and old to improve their skills to help them enhance their life opportunities.

For all of our 16 -19 year old students you will study English and maths as a mandatory requirement of your Study Programme.

For students who have already achieved a GCSE A* - C grade in English and / or maths then you will be given the following opportunities:

  • Study for a Level 3 Core Maths qualification
  • Join our English and Maths Accelerator programme to further enhance your existing GCSE grade
  • Further develop your skills using the College’s online Digital English and Maths Academies
  • Attend an Advanced English Study Programme where you will learn advanced English and study skills 

For students who have achieved a GCSE D grade in English and / or maths then you will study for a GCSE and work towards achieving at least a C grade GCSE in English and / or maths.

For those students with a GCSE E – G grade or students with no GCSE achievement in English and / or maths you will study a Functional Skill in English and / or maths.

Work Experience

All students on a Study Programme can expect to take part in at least 30 hours external work experience which is relevant to your career aspirations. The College will help you find a suitable work placement.


You will attend a regular tutorial programme which will consist of:

  • One-to-one Progress Reviews
  • Careers education
  • Employability

Pastoral sessions and cross college events & activities relating to:

  • Equality & Diversity
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Finance & Lifestyle
  • Work & Progression
  • Safeguarding
  • British Values
  • Prevent Agenda
  • Citizenship

Enrichment Activities

As part of your Study Programme you will take part in a range of Enrichment activities which can include:

For Entry level / Level 1

  • Sporting activities
  • Public speakers
  • Educational visits
  • Photography
  • Cookery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Computing Club
  • Community Projects
  • Enterprise Projects
  • College Themed Weeks

For Level 2 / 3

  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Research Project
  • Educational speakers
  • Educational visits
  • University visits
  • Volunteering activities
  • Community projects
  • College Themed weeks
  • Team Activities
  • Sporting Activities


Attendance is taken very seriously at Highbury College, we expect excellent attendance from all of our students.  It is also a requirement for you to attend all aspects of your Study Programme as failure to do so could lead to you not achieving your overall qualification.

The 16-19 Study Programme at Highbury College helping you PROGRESS, ACHIEVE and reach your CAREER ASPIRATIONS