Post 16 Curriculum Routes

Below you will find a brief description of the curriculum offer at Post 16. For further information and advice please CONTACT Mrs Julie Vincent, AHT Post 16.


Our Post 16 College is based at Walker Terrace, in the centre of Gateshead. All learners will access local workplace environments, entertainment and leisure facilities all within Gateshead Centre. They will also access Gateshead College campuses at the Baltic site, Academy for Sport and Skills Academy. Our central location will allow access to a range of different environments and create situations for learners to meet new people and develop new independence, employability skills and social skills.

We provide three routes, or curriculum pathways, for our post 16 provision. Students choose a route depending on interest and need. Some students will move across routes according to their own individualised learning plan. Individual timetables across all programmes are entirely bespoke/ individualised to the learner depending upon their needs and aspirations.

The three curriculum routes are Routes to Independence (R2I), Routes to Employment (R2E) and Routes Vocation (R2V). Details of each route are given below:


Routes to Independence (R2I)

R2I Accreditation

Learners will study:  

  • Pre-entry Level Functional Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Awards in English Skills and Maths Skills (non-exam route)
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Social communication skills
  • Independent Travel
  • Diploma in Independent Living Skills
  • Personal safety and Safety in accessing the community
  • Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture Skills
  • Entry 3/ Level 1 Award in Enterprise
  • Performing Arts
  • Access to supported work experience/work experience tasters

Where appropriate learners may have access to a Reading Intervention Worker to improve basic literacy skills in an age appropriate context.

RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement) will be used to measure progress against non-accredited outcomes.

Students will take part in Supporting Opportunities For All (SOFA) and develop skills for operational roles within the Social Enterprise.

R2I Progression

Those pursuing the independence pathway are likely to progress to a highly supported college programme such as the Gateshead Dilston programme or another specialist College.  Students will develop further independence skills and may also gain work experience or progress to a supported internship in the future.  Learners may also progress to adult learning courses, or supported employment or volunteering opportunities. Learners on this programme are typically functioning academically at Pre-entry to Entry 2 Level.                                                                                


Routes to Employment (R2E)

R2E Accreditation

Learners will study:

  • Functional Skills
  • Vocational options in a College environment
  • Independent travel (where appropriate)
  • Level 1 Award/Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills
  • Level 1 Award in Enterprise
  • Certificate in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development
  • Level 1/2 Award in Independent Living Skills
  • Interview Skills/ Techniques
  • Work experience placements (extended)
  • Level 1 Volunteering Award      
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze/Silver/Gold)

Students will take part in Supporting Opportunities for All (SOFA) and develop skills for operational roles within the Social Enterprise.

R2E Progression

Those pursuing the employability pathway are likely to progress to a supported course within a mainstream college setting such as the Work and Life Skills programme, where they will access further vocational tasters to arrive at a decision about future course choices; or access to supported internships for some, for example a placement on Project Choice. 

Learners may also be able to gain paid employment or employment in a supported environment or volunteering opportunities.  A learner on this programme may also be able to achieve traineeship or Apprenticeship qualifying criteria. Learners on this programme are typically working at Entry Level 2 to Entry Level 3. 


Routes to Vocation (R2V)

R2V Accreditation

Learners will study:  Functional Skills Literacy and Numeracy

A range of GCSE subjects depending on the academic ability and future educational aspirations of the learner:

  • Emotional Literacy (where appropriate)
  • Social communication skills (where appropriate)
  • Level 1/2 Award in Enterprise
  • AS Levels where appropriate for the individual learner
  • Work experience placement
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award (Silver/ Gold)
  • Development of Curriculum Vitae/ personal statement

Students will take part in Supporting Opportunities for All (SOFA) and develop skills for management roles within the Social Enterprise. Learners on this programme will assist in the management of finances for the Social Enterprise and will also help to organise social network events in respect of this.

Learners are pursuing GCSE/ BTEC and even A’ Level programmes.  Learners on this programme are typically working at Level 1 to Level 3.

R2V Progression

Those pursuing the Vocation pathway are likely to progress to mainstream courses at college or university in their chosen field of study. 


Access to Work Experience for all students

Within Post 16 all learners have access to work experience at some point during their programme.  Past placements have included: classroom support positions across a range of ages and abilities, placements at local golf clubs, placements in care homes, placements in retail outlets, and placements in animal care settings, heritage centres and others.

Learners pursuing the Independence and employability pathways have access to a real life working environment in our Social enterprise café to develop customer service, catering and money management skills. 


Access to a range of educational environments for all students

All of our Post 16 learners are educated off-site  during their school week at our Post 16 provision based at Walker Terrace, Gateshead.   As well as benefiting from the facilities that the local community have to offer it is envisaged that the learners will attempt to travel to the sites independently (where possible to increase independence) and also that this will facilitate the transition to college for learners who may ordinarily have struggled to leave Cedars upon completion of their studies.


Partnership Arrangements

Post 16 learners have access to a range of different opportunities through the successful development of partnerships with community groups and organisations within the local community. 

For instance, both learners pursuing independence and employability access an Award in Horticulture Skills through THRIVE a horticultural therapy charity based in Saltwell Park. 

Learners in the Employability group are also undertaking a volunteering award in partnership with GVOC in this academic year. 

Many of our successful supported work experience placements have arisen from a partnership with Voiceworks; a project funded by the local authority.  These opportunities for the learners have only become possible through successful partnership arrangements. 

This year we are working with Tiny Hound Media to develop a Community Media Hub based at Walker Terrace. 


Successful Transition

Having spent 1, 2 or 3 years studying within Post 16 at Cedars Academy learners choose to transition beyond.  Past students have successfully left us to undertake programmes at Gateshead College; such as the Gateshead Dilston programme, the Work and Life Skills programme, Project Choice, Apprenticeships or to access one of the specialist Autistic provisions out of borough at Tyne Metropolitan College or South Tyneside Interface programme.  

Some learners have accessed mainstream FE college courses and have progressed to University. Successful transition is only possible by ensuring through review meetings, discussions with Connexions Advisors, research into local College provisions and transition planning with the College that the learner is to progress to.

In the past five years all of our learners have had successful transition from Cedars Academy into one of the many routes described above. Further details of learner destinations can be found by following the link to Destinations after leaving Cedars


For more details of our Post 16 offer please see the documents below....