Tools and guides

These documents are owned by colleges and are being shared with the sector to help make the most of what Study Programmes have to offer. They are for guidance purposes only and are no substitute for professional advice regarding your regulatory and general legal obligations. Neither the Association of Colleges, nor colleges providing these tools accept liability for the contents of these documents, nor how an individual chooses to apply these documents.

ACER has run two DfE funded projects which explored and captured good practice in the delivery of Study Programmes by providers predominantly from the East of England. Project partners from across the breadth of the FE sector wrote up case studies, toolkits and guides which highlight good practice in a variety of areas including:

  • Moving from D to C in GCSE English and maths
  • Work experience
  • Skills competitions, approaches to online learning
  • Ensuring progression

Full information, guides, toolkits and resources/materials on all the good practice identified can be accessed through their dedicated blog.




Accrington and Rossendale College - English and maths within Study Programmes

Blackpool Sixth Form College - Student engagement in English and maths

Selby College - Managing English and maths

Strode College - Strategic approaches to Study Programmes

Dudley College - Curriculum planning

Sussex Downs College - Student progression guide

East Berkshire College - Strategic approaches to Study Programmes

Middlesbrough College - Work experience toolkit

Bicton College - Work experience tools

Queen Alexandra College - Providing work placements in a specialist college

East Norfolk Sixth Form College - Study Programmes for students with high needs

Hackney Community College - Employability skills for SEND students

Hull College Group - Curriculum Planning for Study Programmes

Portland College - Function Skills processes

Barking and Dagenham College - Student induction

Plymouth College of Art - Functional Skills English and maths

Lambeth College