16 to 19 study programmes: guide for providers

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



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
Published 20 July 2017
Last updated 15 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. We have published the 16 to 19 study programmes guidance for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

  2. 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.

  3. First published.