Meeting 16-19 study programme requirements:


All ESFA funded education for 16 to 19 year olds must be delivered as a study programme which combines qualifications and other activities, and which is tailored to each student’s prior attainment and career goals. Every study programme must have a core aim. For the majority of students, this will be either the study of substantial technical, applied or academic qualification(s) or preparation for employment

  • Every student at APA Sixth Form is enrolled on a programme of:
    • Four A-levels;
    • A BTEC National Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels) alongside an A-level; or
    • A BTEC National Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels) alongside a GCSE re-take.
  • The choice of programme is dependent on the student’s prior attainment and their career goals.
  • Entrance requirements for each programme are set to maximise choice for students while ensuring that they have reached the minimum standard to be able to access their chosen course.
  • Each student has a one-to-one interview at enrolment to ensure the appropriateness of course choice.
  • Students are all enrolled on four A-level equivalents (unless they are doing a re-take) to ensure that they have some flexibility in course choice during the programme.

Young people who do not hold a GCSE grade 4 (reformed grading) or grade C (legacy grading) in maths and/or English are required to continue these subjects as part of their study programme

  • All students who do not hold a maths or English Language GCSE at grade 4 or above are required to continue these subjects in Sixth Form.
  • We provide opportunities for students to re-sit these exams in November and June.
  • Students are timetabled for maths/English lessons and are expected to attend additional booster lessons.

All study programmes should include work experience and non-qualification activities, which complement the other elements of the programme and support the student to progress to further or higher education or to employment.

  • All students have daily form time with a tutor with whom they reflect on academic progress and progression into education and employment.
  • All students have a weekly PSHE session which is focused on preparation for employment and education.
  • All students attend at least two university/careers fairs during their time in Sixth Form.
  • Students spend four days in preparation for the world of work or further study in partnership with Into University
  • A wide variety of extra-curricular activities supplement the taught programme – these include university visits and visits to employers.
  • All students take part in a weekly enrichment session – including debating, sports, Amnesty, volunteering, chess and book clubs.
  • All students attend a weekly talk, often given by a visitor, which is focused on different careers and industries.
  • All students undertake at least one week of work experience during their time in Sixth Form.
  • Most students attend a pre-university Easter School or Summer School in preparation for further study.


Ark Putney Academy 16-19 Tuition Fund Statement

The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a fund for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. It is ring fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported need to be those who had not achieved grade 4 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16 or living in an area of economic disadvantage. All supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and have had their learning disrupted from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You should have regard to the needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities.

Ark Putney Academy is eligible to receive over £7,000 from this fund for small group tuition, following the guidance. A small group should be no more than five students for this purpose and may take the form of 1-1 in-person tutoring or online tutoring services.

Ark Putney Academy is also using this fund to provide additional English and Maths small-group classes with subject specialists. The purpose is to enable these students to secure a pass in their GCSE re-takes in English and/or Maths.