16 to 19 study programmes: guide for providers

Information for education and training providers on the planning and delivery of study programmes.

Applies to England



This guide sets out the government’s policy on 16 to 19 study programmes. It covers academic, technical and vocational study programmes, including traineeships and supported internships.

It applies to all providers of 16 to 19 education in England, including:

  • schools
  • further education (FE) colleges
  • sixth-form colleges
  • work-based learning providers
  • training providers

Previous versions of the guidance are available on the UK Government Web Archive.

Updates to this page

Published 20 July 2017
Last updated 9 August 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect that the national name for the T Level transition programme is changing to T Level foundation year.

  2. Updated guidance for the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

  3. Updated for academic year 2022 to 2023 to include an increase in minimum planned hours, remove flexibilities for during the COVID-19 pandemic and a return to publishing school and college performance measures based on results from qualifications.

  4. We have published the 16 to 19 study programmes guidance for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.

  5. We have published the 16 to 19 study programmes: guidance for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

  6. We have published the 16 to 19 study programmes guidance for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

  7. Added new guidance for the 2018 to 2019 academic year. The 2017 to 2018 guidance remains valid until the end of the current academic year.

  8. First published.

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