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Post 16 Provision 2017-19

Entry Requirements:
Previous learning and accreditation will determine level of study for every student. Courses available from Entry Level – Level 2.

Duration of course:
All courses are designed to take 2 years to complete. However, vocational subjects are selected by the student in year 12 and 13 and last 1 year.

Year 14:
Each year some students are able to access the EmployAbility Programme called Supported Internships. Students will carry out their studies in a working environment five days a week.

Post 16 Education:
Learning in Post 16 has 4 main strands in Years 12 and 13:
Students will study each of the four strands.

• Core skills – English, Maths, Computers Studies and Enterprise.
• Vocational learning (subjects to be selected for by students).
• Skills for life – (including personal care, sex education, preparation for work, independence skills).
• Learning beyond Exhall Grange School – students will spend Tuesdays at either work placement or participating in an enrichment programme. All year 12 students will undertake one week work experience in the first week of July. All year 13 students will attend work placements each Tuesday.

Depending on the level of qualification (Entry level 1 – Level 2), all subjects will have one of the following accreditations/qualifications attached to it:

• GCSE – General Certificate of Secondary Education.
• BTEC – Work related qualifications accredited by Edexcel/Pearson.
• OCNWM – Open College Network West Midlands.
• CACHE – Council Award for Children’s Health and Education.
• Functional Skills.

Students will be entered at the level at which they are working. It may be possible for them to achieve at one level during the first year of the course and then progress to the next level the following year.

Pathway Information:

Over the two years students will follow one of the pathways below

Level 1 /2 Pathway

Core: • English • Maths • Science • Enterprise

Employability and Development Skills:
• Open College Network Qualification – covering: personal care, preparation for working life and independent living.

Vocational Learning:
• Students will be able to choose from a selection of courses, linked to work related learning. (Different options in year 13).

Learning beyond Exhall Grange: – 1 day a week.
Every Tuesday students will participate in one of the following activities:
• Work placement (Outside school) • Work placement (School Cafe) • Horticulture • Up cycling/recycling
Other subjects will be introduced depending on the interests of the students.

Physical Education – students will be able to opt for: Recreation PE, Leadership or Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Students will be expected to attend six structured lessons a day, five days a week.


Entry Level/Level 1 Pathway

Core: • English • Maths • Science • Enterprise

Living Independently:
Open College Network Qualification – covering: developing basic skills, making choices, develop transferrable life and social skills, making informed choices, basic cooking, looking after themselves and home.

Vocational Learning:
• Students will be able to choose from a selection of courses, linked to work related learning. (Different options in year 13).

Learning beyond Exhall Grange: – 1 day a week.
• Work placement (Outside school) • Work placement (School Cafe) • Horticulture • Up cycling/recycling
Other subjects will be introduced depending on the interests of the students.

Physical Education – students will be able to opt for: Recreation PE, Leadership or Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Students will be expected to attend six structured lessons a day, five days a week.


Core Skills (Entry level – Level 2) • English • Maths • Computing 

These courses will be working towards level 2 (C Grade in GCSE terms or new grade 4). Students will be working in groups according to ability level.


GCSE English

Pupils will learn to demonstrate a confident control of the English Language and to write in grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

The GCSE exam has two papers:

1 Explorations in creative reading and writing
In section A, pupils will read a literature fiction text in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers. In section B, they will write their own creative text, inspired by the topic that they have responded to in section A to demonstrate their narrative and descriptive skills in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image.

2. Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
In section A, pupils will read two linked sources from different time periods and genres in order to consider how each presents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader. In section B, they will produce a written text to a specified audience, purpose and form in which they give their own perspective on the theme that has been introduced to them in section A.


Functional Skills

The English Functional Skills qualifications provides pupils with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.

The course enables pupils to:

  • Apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life.
  • Engage competently and confidently with others.
  • Solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations.
  • Develop personally and professionally as young adults who can actively contribute to society.

Key areas of study include:

  • Speaking and Listening – making an oral presentation or report.
  • Reading – reading and understanding information and instructions.
  • Writing – writing accurately so that meaning is clear.

GCSE Maths.

Students will study: Number; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Algebra; Statistics and Probability; and Geometry and Measures. Foundation tier questions are targeted at grades 1 – 5; Higher tier questions are targeted at grades 4 – 9. There are overlap grades between each tier. Students will be assessed on three equally-weighted written examination papers but paper 1 is a non-calculator paper.


Open College Network Entry Level 1,2 & 3; Level 1 and Level 2.

These courses are designed to target the specific skills of learners, fill gaps in their knowledge of the fundamentals, and build confidence in the core skills of mathematics. Achievement of the Entry Level and Level 1 certificates supports progression towards Functional Skills Qualification at Level 1 and 2. Achievements of the Level 2 Certificate will support learners to progress towards achievement of GCSE mathematics at A* – C grade (new Grades 4 – 9) or Functional Skills mathematics at Level 2.


OCNWM Employability and Development Skills Units Entry level – level 2.

Students will develop their entrepreneurial skills and make products to sell, for example: laser cut Christmas decorations, bath bombs, cake mixes, plant/flower arrangements.

Students will learn about:

  • Team work
  • Planning
  • Selling skills
  • Business

Students undertake ongoing assessments.


BCS European Computer Driving License

Consisting of four modules, which are:

Word Processing; Allows pupils to demonstrate the ability to use a word processing application to accomplish everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting, and finishing small-sized word processing documents, such as letters and other everyday documents.
IT Security for Users; Allows pupils to understand the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life and to use relevant techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection, use the Internet safely and securely, and manage data and information appropriately.
Using Email and the Internet; Allows pupils to develop an understanding and sets out essential concepts and skills relating to web browsing, effective information search, online communication and e-mail.
Presentation Software; allows pupils to understand the concept of presentations and to demonstrate competence in using presentation software for different audiences.

The course allows pupils to develop their skills required in most jobs environments.


BCS Digital skills Pupils follow a two year course which consists of the following units.
Computer Basics; Allows pupils to develop their knowledge of how a computer functions and its components.
Online Basics; Develops pupils understanding of the elements of using on line systems and staying safe.
Social Networking: understand what is social networking and its benefits and limitations.
Digital Photography. Use different devices to capture images and know how to save and edit these images.
Digital Media: Understand different types of digital media, their storage methods and capacities.
Digital Music: Identify digital music player devices and know how to select the appropriate method of creating list and storage.
Audio and Video software: using different audio and video devices record, edit and save appropriately.

The course allows pupils to develop their basic digital skills in several computing environments.


OCNWM Computer basics and online basics Entry Level and Level 1

Being able to use computers for everyday tasks – researching information, sending emails, using word processing packages, using presentation packages, setting up a computer. Students undertake ongoing assessments.

Vocational (Entry level 3 – Level 1 – Level 2) – OCNWM Work Skills*

• Business • Health and Social Care • Child Care • Sport • Home Cooking • Media • Performing Arts • Art and Design • Engineering • Travel and Tourism

OCNWM Work Skills qualifications are vocational and practical based courses. These courses allow students to gain an understanding of subject areas they might be interested in pursuing career wise.

*Not all of the above subjects will be available each year, student choices and timetable will determine subjects. Students are surveyed to ascertain which areas generate the most student interest.

Students will be working to an award sized qualification each year and will have to opt for a new course in Year 13.

Skills for Life – OCN Living Independent Pathway (Entry Level)

Entry level students will be following a course that will equip them with independent life-long skills. On successful completion students will achieve either a certificate or diploma depending on the number of units achieved.

Objectives of the qualification:
• Raise individual awareness of the likely skills required to begin and progress the journey into independent living
• Develop basic skills to ensure they can look after themselves in their home
• Gain the knowledge and skills required to access and make use of services within a community;
• Be prepared for making life choices
• Build confidence and self-esteem;
• Develop transferrable social and life skills;
• Prepare to progress to further qualifications requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding;
• Support personal growth and engagement in learning
• Gain the cumulative knowledge and skills in order to make informed choices individual to their circumstances.

Skills for Life – OCN Employability and Development Skills (Entry Level 3 – Level 2)

• Developing Independence • Work Skills • Personal Care

This course builds on a number of units which equates to a certificate or diploma in Employment and Development Skills depending on the number of units achieved.

Students will pursue core units in the qualification. These will include work in the following areas:
Personal Care including sex education, how to stay healthy and relationships.
Preparation for working life including putting together a CV, writing letters of application, interview skills, employability skills such as working as a team, enterprise projects and presenting ideas.
Independence Skills including independent travel, independent living skills and being a part of adult society.

Learning beyond Exhall Grange School – Enrichment Tuesday

• Work Placement (Outside School) • Horticulture • Work Placement (School Cafe) • Up Cycling/Recycling

Every Tuesday, students are taken off the curriculum to give them opportunities to develop skills need in the world of work.Students select one of the above options in year 12. Year 13 students are encouraged and supported to attend work placement.

Work Placement (Outside School)
School works with parents and local businesses to secure work experience placements for the academic year. Students make their own way to and from their work placement.

Work Placement (School Cafe)
In September 2017 Cafe Grange was opened, a purpose built work experience cafe at Exhall Grange School. Students working in the cafe will undertake all the necessary roles required in a cafe.

The school has a large Polytunnel and raised beds for growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. The students undertake various projects depending on their interests and skills. The vegetables grown are used in the school cafe to produce delicious lunches for customers.

Up cycling/Recycling
Students with a creative flair take old furniture and turn them into modern day furniture. Plain wooden items are turned into bespoke gifts developing skills in painting and decoupage. Educational trips are undertaking on these days to support the projects they are undertaking.

Work Experience Week – Year 12
Year 12 students will undertake one week of work experience during the first week of July.

Life in Post 16

Life in Post 16 is different from the rest of school. Students have more freedom which comes with more responsibility. Students work with the Post 16 teaching team to shape the curriculum and drive new initiatives.

• Students are based in the Post 16 common room and can use the room at breaks and lunchtimes.
• All the Post 16 students register together.
• Students are not required to wear school uniforms, however the expectation is smart casual wear but no football tops.
• A review of needs will take place each year, along with reports and parents evening.
• The dedicated Post 16 team is there to support students throughout their time at school.
• Mobility training is available for those wanting to use public transport independently.
• All students will receive careers guidance in year 12, 13 & 14.

Social Group

As part of developing independent living skills and building confidence in the world around, Mr Norman and the Mobility department enable students to organise social events after school.

• Ideally it is organised by the students themselves and Mr Norman just makes sure all is well.
• Examples of trips include: Cinema, Bowling, Splash Pool, for a meal, to the theatre etc.
• The object of the group is to give students a sense of independence and an opportunity to meet friends in a social situation.

Physical Education

Students will have 2 lessons a week allocated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and can opt for one of the following: Recreation PE, Leadership or Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Supported Internships – Employability Programme

Exhall Grange School are working with Cadent Gas (formally National Grid) at Prologis Park to offer supported internships at Cadent and surrounding businesses. Students will remain on role at Exhall Grange School, but their place of learning will be at Cadent.

Students will:
• Enrol onto the programme for the academic year.
• Undertake BTEC work skills, English and maths if required.
• Attend work placement every day (Each term a different placement).
• Be supported daily by a Job Coach.

At the end of the academic year students could:
• Apply for a job at their work placement.
• Apply for a job at another organisation.
• Apply for an apprenticeship
• Apply for a college place to continue their education.

For more information on EmployAbility visit: http://www.employabilityletsworktogether.com/