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UCAS Progress Search and Apply maintenance: 15 – 17 December

UCAS Progress Search and Apply will be unavailable from 20:00 on Friday 15 December until 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 17 December, due to planned maintenance.

During this time, you will be unable to access, work on, or submit your application. Teachers and advisers will also be unable to review applications, or add references.

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UCAS Progress phone lines availability – 13 December

Our UCAS Progress phone lines will be unavailable at the following times on Wednesday 13 December, due to staff training:

  • 11:55 – 13:15
  • 14:55 until close (17:00)
They will reopen as usual from 09:00 on Thursday 14 December.

Study programmes

Information about study programmes: what's involved and getting work experience on the way.
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If you're going into post-16 education or training, your school or college will offer you a study programme — whether you’re doing academic or vocational study (or a mix of both). Your study programme will be a tailored package. It’s like an individual learning plan based on your qualifications and achievements, what you want and need to do next, and any career plans you have.

What’s in a study programme?

Each person’s programme will vary – your school or college will explain how your programme details reflect your individual needs, abilities and ambitions.

You'll spend most of your time studying an academic or vocational qualification, or if you're not ready, a traineeship or extended work experience placement. Whether you are studying one or more qualification these will be included in your study programme.

There’s a range of activities to support your progression to help you develop personal, study and employability skills.

If you haven't achieved grade C or higher in GCSE English and maths you'll continue to study these (or other qualifications as a stepping stone for achieving GCSEs in time).

If you need tailored support or SEND this will also be included in your study programme.   


Work experience as part of a study programme

If you’re taking vocational qualifications — like an apprenticeship, traineeship or other work-related course — work placements can be part of your training.

If you’re planning to move onto higher or further education, work experience and other work-related education could still be provided as part of the course.

If you're not yet ready to study a main academic or vocational qualification, work experience may be provided as the main part of your study programme to help you develop employability skills.

Your school or college will arrange your work placements, aiming to ensure their relevance to you and your studies, so that your experience will help you decide on future careers and show your potential to future employers or universities.