Welcome to the Excellence Gateway’s Study Programmes exhibition site


Welcome to the Study Programmes Exhibition Site. The site brings together in one place key information and resources to help post-16 providers of study programmes, which have been developed in partnership with the Adult Learning Improvement Network (ALIN).

71 per cent of 16-18 year olds continue with full-time education. The Government has made it a requirement to provide these learners with an individualised study programme which considers their prior attainment, their future education and career aspirations. Alongside this progress towards qualifications, study programmes require any individual not holding GCSEs at grades A* to C in English and maths to work towards the achievement of these. Those full-time students who hold a grade D must retake their exams. Learners should also receive careers guidance and participate in activities that are work-related and develop their character and confidence.

About the collection

In this section a wide range of resources have been developed to support you in developing and improving your study programme provision. The collection is very diverse and includes flyers, case studies, checklists, leaflets, posters, videos, templates, and a toolkit.

Resources are organised under a number of distinct headings including:

  • Managing study programmes
  • Technical Flyers
  • Monitoring learner progress
  • Creating a successful work experience
  • Case studies


How to use the resources

Each resource comes with a “How to use this resource” which also explains the intended impact.

The toolkit can be used as a resource to support specific areas of concern, as a prompt or reminder of key areas. The toolkit may also be used as reference documents for self-reflection that leads to quality improvement.

The monitoring, reviewing, and intervening in learner progress continues to be highlighted in Ofsted inspection reports as a concern, often preventing providers from being good or outstanding. This is a key issue for providers who are unable to articulate the progress a learner is making in each element of their programme, and where learners are not clear on the progress they are making. Specific issues that have been highlighted include:

  • A limited understanding of learner starting points, and a lack of rigour in the targets.
  • A lack of clear understanding of individual learner progress, often as a result of ineffective tracking process or regular progress review.
  • Ineffective processes for triggering interventions to improve learner progress.
  • Not sufficiently high expectations of what a learner can achieve.

Featured resources

Managing Study Programmes:

This toolkit is designed to help develop successful study programmes. The toolkit provides activities, supporting resources, tools and documentation to:

  • Enable providers to assess current study programme readiness; how ready are we to deliver a study programme
  • Enable providers to improve their state of readiness
  • Empower providers to regularly monitor staff/colleague engagement with study programmes
  • Support robust evaluation of the study programme as a whole; identifying and developing appropriate action plans to drive improvement
Technical Route Resources:

There are technical flyers, videos and posters in this section. The technical flyers have evolved over a three year period from collaborative working with learners, employers and providers. The support resources are aligned with the new technical routes to help providers navigate effectively and meet the need of learners.

Monitoring Learner Progress Resources:

This toolkit seeks to support providers and practitioners who deliver study programmes in the FE sector to improve the way in which they manage the progress of learners. The toolkit contains resources aimed at developing targets, tracking, monitoring and reviewing learner progress. The toolkit provides activities, supporting resources, tools and documentation.

Case Studies:

These case studies highlight some of the key characteristics and distinctive features of successful study programmes and improving learner outcomes. They provide practical examples and success stories for colleges, training providers and employers looking to embed innovative approaches in their delivery.