Programme of Study
Helping you achieve your future goals.
Along with your core qualification, your Programme of Study will include other mandatory elements that are important in getting you work ready, developing your wider skills and preparing you for your career
The Programme of Study will include:
- Core qualification e.g. a BTEC, vocational course or A-levels
- Support: 1-1 progress reviews and individual support
- English and maths (depending on prior qualifications)
- Employability: work experience and employability skills
- Enrichment: activities, trips, student ambassadors and student council, competitions
- Directed and independent self-study
This is usually the largest component of the programme of study. It is externally accredited by an awarding organisation such as City & Guilds, University of the Art London or BTEC Pearson. You will follow a national syllabus for this qualification. The assessment method will vary according to the type, size and level of qualification.
You will have a named Achievement Tutor or Personal Tutor who will be responsible for holding regular 1-1 to monitor and support you in achieving your target grades. If you require additional support inside or outside the classroom , booster classes or any other support they will be there to guide you and ensure you stay on track.
Your Achievement Tutor/Personal Tutor will monitor your attendance and punctuality and make sure you are meeting the college target of 100%. We are committed to supporting you and ensuring you feel included and valued as an individual. We will provide you with opportunities to voice your opinion as well as challenge you to support your own development.
The Manchester College is committed to supporting individuals to achieve the best possible grades. We are committed to supporting learners to achieve their full potential and succeed on their course by supporting their personal development and welfare, reducing the impact of internal and external barriers to learning, developing employability skills and supporting progression onto further study and employment.
Along side your named Achievement Tutor/Personal Tutor you will have access to Student Mentors and Student Experience Safeguard Practitioners, all who are there to support you in achieving your goals
All full-time 16-18 students will engage in an initial review and will have a minimum of three progress reviews (1-1’s) across your Programme of Study, with the conversation and outcomes recorded by their Achievement Tutor, Personal Tutor or Mentor.
Throughout the year, Student Progress and Review Checkpoint periods are scheduled. During this time, students will undertake milestone assessments and their ‘At Risk’ rating will be updated by subject tutors and achievement tutors.
Student progress and review
Student Progress and Review Checkpoint weeks cover six to seven week periods throughout the academic year. During these periods every student will have a minimum of one scheduled 1-1 tutorial review with their respective Curriculum/Subject Tutor. By the end of this period, the students’ ‘At Risk’ status will have been reviewed and updated and a summary comment made that will inform the Group Profile.
Student Progress and Review Checkpoints are scheduled during weeks commencing:
- 21st October
- 9th December
- 3rd February
- 30th March
- 18th May
English and maths
Why English and maths?
Achieving a GCSE grade 9-4/A* to C or Functional Skill Level 2 in both maths and English is necessary for you to progress to further study, training and skilled employment and to support you in achieving your career goals. The introduction of new Government initiatives means that any student aged 16 to 19 who does not attain a 4/C or above or a Functional Skill Level 2 in their maths and English will be supported to achieve this.
What does this mean?
Students will study English and/or maths alongside their full or part time programme of study. This applies if you are aged 16-18, or 19-25 with an Education Health and Care plan (EHC), and have not already achieved a grade 9-4/A*-C or Functional Skill Level 2 equivalent in maths or English.
Which qualification should I take?
I've got a Grade 4 / Grade C in English Literature. Does that count for English?
Yes it does! English Literature is classed as the same level of literacy required as the English Language GCSE.
What if I don’t turn up for my English and maths lessons?
English and maths are a significant part of every Programme of Study. They are not optional, and failure to attend and make a positive effort will result in disciplinary action; and you could lose your place on your course.
They are not optional, and failure to attend and make a positive effort will result in disciplinary action; and you could lose your place on your course.
What if I’ve already got a grade 4 or grade C in English or Maths?
Great! However you need to keep on developing your skills to support your main programme of study and progression. To encourage this we give students access to software, called BKSB, that assesses your current level and sets you tutorials to help you improve. During your induction you will be asked to complete a Diagnostic Assessment to help see what level you are currently at. This must be completed by the end of your second week.
How to log in to BKSB
From the Student Portal at the top of The Manchester College website, or directly from the BKSB link under ‘Study with us’ at the bottom or the page. You will then be asked to create your own password. Don’t forget it – we can’t unlock your account if you do! Please complete the English and maths Initial Assessments when you first log into BKSB. They can be found under ‘FOCUS Functional Skills’ on the front page.
Note: Your student number is your username.
As part of preparing you for work you are required to complete mandatory work experience
- Level 1 and below – internal work placement
- Level 2 and above - mandatory external work experience, the hours will vary depending on your course of study – ref to the #work ready book and employability section
In addition, all students will receive a dedicated employability hour within your timetable. This lesson will help prepare you prepare for employment
Work experience, work industry placements, work related activity and work readiness
Work experience is a key part of your Study Programme and a crucial way of developing transferable employability skills to complement the academic and technical knowledge you gain on your course. The Deal is designed to identify and support students to develop key work readiness competences so that students leave our studies ready for work.
All students will take part in work experience and some students will complete an external Work Placement or Industry Placement.
Through work experience you can start to network in your chosen sector, test out job roles to support your career planning, develop skills outside of your usual comfort zone and gain job references to support future opportunities and progression.
The Manchester College has a dedicated team of Employability & Partnership Coordinators within the Careers, Employability & Welfare department. The Coordinators work hard to forge links with a range of employers and collaborate with each curriculum area to make sure that our students have access to the best work experience opportunities.
Industry Placements and Work Placements are designed to offer you a formal period of activity with an employer in an external work place. These activities are a fantastic opportunity to gain career insights and to develop your skills and knowledge beyond your studies.
Employability skills are a crucial part of preparing for progression into your career and higher learning opportunities. You will have the opportunity to develop these skills during your weekly Employability Hour and can then put these skills in to practice during Industry Placements, Work Placements and work related activities.
Industry talks and activities will be available throughout your time with The Manchester College. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with professionals from the industry you aim to work in and gain insights into your chosen career route. These activities are a fantastic starting point in networking and gathering contacts in the world of work.
To ensure that our students have quality and safe work experiences, develop key employability skills and establish informed long term career goals we will:
- Continue to forge links with a wide range of employers and placement providers to offer you a range of interesting opportunities.
- Support you to find the right placement to suit your career and study aims.
- Liaise with employers to ensure placements are interesting, developmental and safe.
- Prepare you to be ready for a formal work placement through supported activities in our dedicated Employability Hour.
- Provide access to a dedicated Moodle e-learning page for you to develop your employability skills and offer you direct access to live work experience opportunities.
- Give you the opportunity to self-assess your work ready skills in line with The Deal through our innovative Skills Scan. You will do this at the start and end of each year so that you can measure how your skills have developed.
- Offer you multiple opportunities to reflect and review work experience activities in the context of your career planning.
- Provide additional support to those students who need some extra time to pre- pare for a work placement.
- Arrange for employers to visit the college regularly to provide insights into the world of work.
- Offer an informed, professional career advice service to support you in explor- ing and identifying your career goals.
Work Experience / Trips and Visits Consent
We will ensure that we gather consent from parents, guardians and carers for 16 and 17 year olds for internal and external work experience activities and trips and visits. Students 18 and over are able to sign for their own consent. We will also gather any medical information that will be shared with the employer for work experience activities.
It is important that we are aware of any medical conditions that you may have so that we can make sure you are supported properly during your time at college or on trips and visits. These could be medical conditions such as asthma, hear conditions, epilepsy, hay fever, diabetes or anything else that may require medical treatment.
We also need to know if you are allergic to anything or if you are taking any medication that may prohibit certain activities.
From time to time, we take photos and videos of our students and the great work taking place in and around college with regards to teaching, learning and assessment. We do this as it’s a great way to help us showcase the work we do as an education provider and to support what our students are achieving.
We often use photo and video for internal use (such as in and around the classroom) but we sometimes share externally also.
This means that we sometimes take photos and videos of our students and their work or activities they are involved in to share on social media where appropriate, such as Facebook and Twitter and also the college VLE (virtual learning environment). We believe there are great benefits in using photo and video to support our College community in this way however we will always ensure we are complying with Data Protection law (DPA 2018 and GDPR) with regards to how we are handling, storing and retaining this information where it is relevant.
For your information, the principles of the GDPR do not apply to photos and videos that are taken for personal use (such as taking photos of you and your friends at an event for the purpose of ‘personal use’). Whenever we are planning to take photos or video, we will inform you of our intention and should you wish to avoid having your photo taken, just inform us.
For more information on GDPR, visit: eugdpr.org
For more information on DPA 2018, visit: www.gov.uk/government/collections/data-protection-act-2018
Get More Out Of College
Enrichment is one of the best parts of student life at The Manchester College and it’s your opportunity to make the most of your time with us.
You will find a whole range of activities to get involved with, including groups to join and guest speakers to hear from. Most importantly, you’ll be learning and developing some fantastic skills that will enable you to become work ready.
Enrichment activities include:
- Themed events
- Fundraising and Campaigning
- Clubs and Societies
- College-wide Competitions
- Community Projects
- Guest Speakers
- Short Courses
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Trips and Visits
Enrichment Champions – Help create a positive change
Your Student Experience Team can provide you with all the information you need and you will also find information on your enrichment notice board as well as on MyDay.
Directed and independent study
This is time outside of your usual taught hours. It might be scheduled on the timetable and registered (directed study), or you could be given activities and work to do in your own time which could be at home, in college or online (independent study). Sometimes you may be asked to come into college for additional learning outside of your timetable, and this will be registered.
Term dates for 2019/20
The Manchester College term dates for 2019/20 classroom-based programmes:
Term commences: Monday 9th September 2019
Autumn half term: Monday 28th October 2019 - Friday 1st November 2019
Term ends: Thursday 19th December 2019
Spring term commences: Monday 6th January 2020
Spring half term: Monday 17th February 2020 - Friday 21st February 2020
Term ends: Friday 3rd April 2020
Term commences: Monday 20th April 2020
Summer half term: Tuesday 26th May 2020 - Friday 29th May 2020
Term ends: Tuesday 14th July 2020
Christmas Day: Wednesday 25th December 2019
Boxing Day: Thursday 26th December 2019
New Year's Day: Wednesday 1st January 2020
Good Friday: Friday 10th April 2020
May Day Bank Holiday: Friday 8th May 2020
Spring Bank Holiday: Monday 25th May 2020
GCSE Exam Dates