If you're aged between 14 and 16 and cannot continue in full-time education for some reason (for example you may have moved to a different area at a difficult time, be experiencing bullying, are struggling at school, are school-phobic, or have a medical problem) our alternative provision projects may offer a solution. You cannot apply directly to us – you will first need to talk to your school and an Education Welfare Officer from the local education authority.
If you are referred to us we may be able to offer you access to one our alternative provision projects, which are intended to help 14- to 16-year olds with problems at their present school. This scheme is a joint collaboration between South Staffordshire College, other local providers, the county council and a government organisation called Connexions.
Alternative provision projects enable students to participate in a hands-on taster of a type of work they’re interested in, receive advice about apprenticeships and visit a relevant workplace to see what it would be like to have a job in that particular field.
Our VLSP programme offers vocational level 1 and 2 courses to students to study alongside their GCSEs at school. They visit college one day per week for two years during years 10 and 11. Our VLSP programme is part-funded by Chase Collegiate.
Sixth form students are able to attend South Staffordshire College for two days every week, working with students from other schools in the Collegiate. The college deals with the specialist vocational sections of the course that require equipment, facilities or experienced staff not available in schools. For the rest of the week students continue in their sixth form at school. The school part of the course includes key skills and enrichment. The school is responsible for overall progress and for arranging a day a week of work experience to complement the course.