16 - 19 Study Programmes

16 - 19 Study Programmes

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Study Programmes for young people aged 16-19 years

Programmes for Young People


Newcastle City Learning has been offering alternative post-16 provision for a number of years now.


In this smaller environment, learners receive very individualised support. The curriculum is designed to help you develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you require to progress onto higher level academic or vocational qualifications, or if you just need time to work out exactly what it is you want to do moving forward.


Within our programmes for young learners, we offer a variety of opportunities to explore a range of employment options, and we develop the employability skills required to successfully progress including real work experience, where appropriate.


The curriculum teams have developed a new offer for September, which includes new strands such as travel and tourism and construction.


As always, our teachers and support staff will be here to ensure that whatever pathway you choose, you have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.


Gillian Forrester, Head of Newcastle City Learning


Pathways to Employment


The Pathway to Employment Programme is designed for you to choose from six vocational options.


Option 1 - Supported Internship

Option 2 - Retail/Customer Service

Option 3 - Travel and Tourism

Option 4 - Beauty

Option 5 - Construction



In addition to your vocational qualification, you will attend:


Maths and English


This is a requirement for all young people who have not yet achieved a GCSE Grade 3 or above or a Level 2 or equivalent qualification.


All Functional Skills and GCSE classes will be delivered on our Westgate College site. You are expected to attend three classes per week for each subject, each one will last at least an hour and a quarter.


Your prior attainment for English and maths will be checked and appropriate assessment will take place before you are given your timetable for maths and English.


How to apply


If you choose to apply to join Newcastle City Learning’s Programmes for Young People provision, you will be invited to visit the college and meet with a member of the pastoral team.


They will talk to you about your needs, your previous experience of education and your goals and aspirations. During this time, you will also complete initial assessments and we will check that you meet the entry requirements for your chosen pathway.


We will help you enrol onto your programme and apply for financial support if required.


To find out more, contact us on 0191 277 3520 or email Nclsp@newcastle.gov.uk