The 16-19 study programme at NIA
At NIA, we prepare learners not just for academic success, but for social mobility, access to a wide range of opportunities and a bright future. We believe our pupils can achieve anything they set their minds to, and we strive to nurture and raise their aspirations and foster a passion for learning. The vision for NIA is to enrich learning experiences, and ensure every pupil, gains access to the best possible information, guidance and experiences during their time with us, in order to graduate on to meaningful further and higher education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. See our Careers Education Programme for more information.
In accordance with government’s guidance, all students at NIA funded through the 16 to 19 funding methodology are enrolled on a study programme, which typically combines qualifications and other activities, and is tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals.
Students are encouraged to participate in personal development projects alongside their studies to support the school community, including British Sign Language, Reading Leaders, Classroom Assistants and a wide range of whole school committees such as Cultural Inclusion, Religious Inclusion and LGBTQ+.
We have developed an elective curriculum that complements the learners’ studies and challenges them to develop skills and talents beyond the classroom with a range of options such as Digital literacy, EAL support, and Core PE. We also develop each individual’s resilience by fostering their communication and presentation skills. Every learner completes presentations on Post-16 specific PSHE topics, ensuring they are well informed on a range of issues such as healthy relationships, fundamental British Values, and Financial literacy.
All study programmes have a core aim of completing Level 3 courses (A-level or B-TEC route) within the recommended guided learning hours from the relevant exam specifications.
All learners are informed on the range of Post-18 progression routes, through a strategic Careers Programme which includes 1-2-1 independent Careers advice with a level 6 qualified advisor, alongside a range of sessions and assemblies with various external specialist speakers. We guide and support each learner through the UCAS process, including personal statement and student finance workshops. NIA also provides a wealth of CV and interview skills sessions and have a bespoke Apprenticeship support group. All learners have access to the Annual Careers and Future Fair and Every Year 12 student completes a week of work experience.
Our 16 to 19 study programmes are designed to provide our students with a structured and challenging learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their career plans. These are individually tailored, but typically combine the elements below:
- Qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or for employment.
- Work experience to give students the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in relevant vocational settings.
- A wealth of enrichment activities to develop students’ character, resilience, skills, attitudes and confidence.