16-19 study programme

The study 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:

  • Year 11-12 Bridging modules
  • 3 or 4 qualification subjects (with the option to take an Extended Project Qualification)
  • Our IAG (information, advice and guidance) programme, (supported by our Career Pathway programme)
  • 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.
  • Hanley Honours, allowing students to give back to their community via Lead learners, Change your Mind mentoring, community outreach and support of a committee or society.
  • Enrichment (extra-curricular sport etc)

This study programme and its tailored pathways have 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 2020 to 2021 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 and small group 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 2021.