16-19 study programme

All students are enrolled on a study programme which is tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals. It combines qualifications and other activities.

The programme encourages and supports growth towards becoming an independent learner, develops character, broader skills, attitudes and confidence, and supports progression on students’ chosen pathway post-18.

The Hanley Castle 16-19 study programme comprises:

  • 3 or 4 qualification subjects (with the option to take an Extended Project Qualification)
  • Our IAG (information, advice and guidance) programme, (supported by a seminar programme for the university and apprenticeship pathways)
  • Tutorial support, including academic reading, study skills, portfolio building, revision skills, exam practice, support with post-18 pathways (including UCAS applications)
  • Work experience / work placements
  • Independent study tasks ( 1 hour per week, per subject)
  • Students who have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4 in maths and/or English continue to study the relevant subjects, with the intention of achieving at least a grade 4 in their GCSE resit.
  • Volunteering hours (Bronze 25, Silver 50, Gold 75, Platinum 100 hours), (for example peer support programmes)
  • Enrichment (extra-curricular sport etc)

Tailored pathways supported Sophie to read Medicine at Southampton University and Jamie to read Law at Oxford University. He is joined at Oxford by Georgia reading French and Portuguese. Over the last five years, successful applications from Hanley included: Oxford for Mathematics, History, Biological Sciences, Geography, Economics and MFL; Cambridge for Natural Sciences, Veterinary Science and Architecture and also students reading Law, Dentistry and Medicine. Others have used their BTECs to embark on primary teaching degrees or high profile apprenticeships.


Hanley Castle Sixth Form commits to the support of disadvantaged students whose learning has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak during the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

Sixth form students not achieving at least a grade 4 in maths or English will be the priority group. The use of funding and direct costs will be recorded and evaluated regularly. The needs of this small group of students will be paramount and will form the outline and focus for the one to one English and Maths tuition they will be receiving.

Research suggests that one to one tuition is more effective than larger groups. This enables the tuition to closely match the work to the students’ needs and use ongoing, low stakes testing, to gauge progress and teach focused and specific content. (EEF, 2018)

Students will receive regular lessons each week to support their maths and English GCSE attainment and the first resit examination will be made available to them during November 2020.