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Post 16 Provision 2016-18

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, BTEC vocational subjects are selected by the student in year 12 and 13 and last 1 year.

Post 16 Education:
Learning in Post 16 has 4 main strands:

Students will study each of the four strands.

• Core skills – English, Maths, Computers Studies and Science.
• Vocational learning (subjects to be opted for by students).
• Skills for life – (including personal care, sex education, preparation for work, independence skills).
• Learning beyond Exhall Grange School – students will spend Tuesday at either Secret Garden (land studies) or work placement. 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.

Please note: Secret Garden is reviewed each year and other alternative programmes may be put into place depending on cohort of students and their needs.

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.
• OCN – Open College Network.
• 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 • Computers

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

Vocational Learning:
• BTEC Award – Student options. (Different options in year 13).

Learning beyond Exhall Grange: – 1 day a week.
• Secret Garden (TBC each year) – (Year 13 work placement every Tuesday).

Entry Level/Level 1 Pathway

Core: • English • Maths • Science • Computers

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:
BTEC Vocational Studies – work related units.

Learning beyond Exhall Grange: – 1 day a week.
Secret Garden (TBC each year) – (Year 13 work placement every Tuesday).

Students will be expected to attend six structured lessons a day, five days a week.


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

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 and Resit (up to June 2017):

Pupils will learn how to:

in Speaking and Listening:-

  • Speak to communicate clearly and purposefully.
  • Structure and sustain talk, adapting it to different situations and audiences.
  • Use Standard English and a variety of techniques as appropriate.
  • Listen and respond to speakers’ ideas, perspectives and how they construct and express their meanings.
  • Interact with others, shaping meanings through suggestions, comments and questions and drawing ideas together. Create and sustain different roles.

in Reading:-

  • Read and understand texts, selecting material appropriate to purpose, collating from different sources and making comparisons and cross references as appropriate.
  • Develop and sustain interpretations of writers’ ideas and perspectives.
  • Explain and evaluate how writers use linguistic, grammatical, structural and presentational features to achieve effects and engage and influence the reader.
  • Understand texts in their social, cultural and historical contexts.

in writing:-

  • Write clearly, effectively and imaginatively, using and adapting forms and selecting vocabulary appropriate to task and purpose in ways that engage the reader.
  • Organise information and ideas into structured and sequenced sentences, paragraphs and whole texts, using a variety of linguistic and structural features to support cohesion and overall coherence.
  • Use a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate punctuation and spelling.


Functional Skills English – Entry Level 1 to Level 2.  Year 13 or students who have achieved grade “C” GCSE.

  • Speaking and Listening – Take part in formal and informal discussions and exchanges that include unfamiliar subjects.
  • Reading – Read and understand different texts and documents.
  • Writing – Write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions, using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience.
  • Students undertake controlled assessments at the end of the year.

GCSE Maths.    Currently students who have taken their GCSE at the end of year 11 but not achieved a grade C are working towards a resit in the legacy GCSE specification. June 2017 will be the last time students can resit this exam. From September 2017 courses will follow the new GCSE Mathematics specification. The content will include 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.


At Key Stage 5, pupils will continue to study Science, following the OCNWMR Science qualifications at either level 1 or level 2. This is a vocationally centred science qualification that is designed to develop an interest in scientific enquiry and develop the skills and knowledge needed to progress to higher level study in Science. 

There are a number of units of study. These include:

  • Basic science skills
  • Electricity
  • Science and our universe
  • Science and cosmetics
  • Forensic Science
  • Science and the human body

To achieve the Extended Award in Science, pupils must complete at least four units, which is worth a total of 12 credits. Some pupils may work towards the certificate in Science, which requires 24 credits in total.

Some year 13 pupils will complete a BTEC level 1/level 2 in Principles of Applied Science in June 2017.


Cambridge Technical Level 2:

  • Communicating in the Information Technology (IT) Industry – Using IT tools to communicate. Understanding technical terms.
  • Working in the IT industry – Understanding job roles in IT and expectations.
  • Website development – Preparing content for websites, designing websites, coding websites and publishing websites.
  • Computer Graphics – creating and editing images on the computer, understanding the hardware and software needed.

OCN 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

BTEC Vocational (Entry level 3, level 1 and level 2)

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

BTEC 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.

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 and 13.

Physical Education

Students will have 2 lessons a week allocated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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.

Learning beyond Exhall Grange School

• Work Placement • Secret Garden, Shustoke

Students will study subjects that cannot be delivered by Exhall Grange Staff and have the opportunity to undertake work placement.

Every Tuesday Year 12 students will either attend Secret Garden or work placement for the duration of the year. In Year 13 students are encouraged to undertake work placement if they attended Secret Garden in Year 12.

Both options give students opportunities to develop and learn new skills for life.

Secret Garden focuses more on land based skills such as basic woodwork and maintenance, craft, horticulture, bush craft, art and design and animal care.   Please note that students can do a number of activities that suit their interests. Students can choose to work with the animals but is not a requirement. Transport is provided to and from the Secret Garden and students will be supervised by Exhall Grange staff along with Secret Garden staff.

Students will be working towards an OCN certificate or diploma in Employability and Development Skills, these units are added to OCN units delivered at school to achieve the final qualification.

Work Placement in Year 13 every Tuesday gives students the opportunity to experience the world of work and experience career opportunities.

Work Experience:

Year 12 students will undertake one week of work experience during the first week of July.

Students will need to wear appropriate clothing to the Secret Garden and work experience/placement.

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 1 – Level 2)

• Developing Independence • Personal Care • Work Skills

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.