The Study Programme

Based in the centre of Kettering the Study Programme is a 24-week educational programme that specialises in supporting small groups of 16 to 18 year olds. Designed as an alternative to 6th form or college, the Study Programme consists of employability skills, maths and English Functional Skills qualifications and a work experience placement.

Learners will attend taught lessons 3 days a week in Kettering and 1 to 2 days of work placement depending on their career aspirations and personal circumstances. The Study Programme has recently invested in Office 365 for Education, using industry standard technology allows for streamed live lessons, remote learning, a large resource database and instant access to tutors.

We pride ourselves on taking a personalised approach to learning making it relevant to individual career aspirations and inspiring learners to feel confident in achieving their next steps. Our tutors are passionate about supporting learners to overcome barriers to learning and achieve their goals. In addition to the academic curriculum, we have regular specialist guest speakers to cover topics such as budgeting and debt recovery, sexual health, MIND, PCSO, drugs and alcohol, fire safety, dementia friends and first aid.

How to become a Study Programme Learner

Firstly, get in touch with one of our friendly team who will have a chat with you and arrange a convenient time for you to come and meet us and have a look around. You can email at or call on 01536 535900.

Start dates

We have two cohorts each year one in November and May. For exact dates please call the office on 01536 535900.  Depending on the time of year you may have to wait until the next start date, but we will keep in touch with you to ensure you are all prepared for the next intake.


The level of qualification you study with us will depend on what qualification level you already have. However, don’t worry if you don’t have any qualifications, we will ensure you are enrolled on a level that is appropriate but ambitious.

Functional skills maths and english levels

  • Entry Level 1
  • Entry Level 2
  • Entry Level 3
  • Level 1
  • Level 2

Employability skills level

  • Unit accreditation
  • Level 1
  • Level 2

Benefits of the Study Programme

Our Study Programme helps you to believe in yourself, step outside your comfort zone, and aspire to do more. We’ll give you the knowledge, support and confidence to prepare you for work or further education.

Guardians and support organisations

Please get in touch via phone or email. A member of the team will discuss the young person’s needs, their previous educational attainment, personal circumstances and challenges or barriers to learning and agree a plan for the most suitable next steps.