Post 16 Curriculum

Post 16 provision at Fosse Way is led by Assistant Headteacher Lizzie Griffin. 

In Post 16 we challenge the students to be the best that they can be. Our goal is for each individual to leave us with the emotional, social, and academic skills to guide them through their next steps. Our curriculum is highly personalised for both the short and long-term outcomes of each individual and focuses on supporting students to become as independent as possible in all aspects of their lives. 

The outcomes are taken directly from our 3 differentiated curriculum pathways: Turing, Hawking and Keller, and each pupil’s individual education health and care plan (EHCP) which are reviewed annually. In post 16 we combine these by linking the subjects in our curriculum to the 4 key areas of the preparation for adulthood section of the EHCP: education and employment, community inclusion, independent living and health. 

Employment and training 

Students will have a personalised timetable of work experience during their time in post-16 and often access work experience opportunities daily. Placements vary widely and may include being involved in a class led business, supported placements internally or externally as well as independent placements in the community. We also have a ‘famous’ onsite training café called Longfellow’s which many of our students volunteer in. Do check out our film on Facebook! 

We offer a wide range of awards, accreditations and qualifications to best prepare students to pursue their chosen career path when moving on from Fosse Way School. Many of our students will also work towards a blend of QCF approved qualification while in Post 16. We use several exam boards and personalise the curriculum on a yearly basis to best meet the needs of the cohort. Students will work towards qualifications in areas such as employability, enterprise and independent living skills. Some students may undertake qualifications particular to a certain employment opportunity such as Level 2 in food hygiene.  

All students will work towards maths and English qualifications at a level suitable to their ability. Where appropriate, we encourage our students to prepare for functional skills accreditations or GCSEs. These qualifications all comply with the Post-16 qualification requirements;

AQA GCSE English Language

AQA GCSE Mathematics

Edexcel Pearson Functional Skills English Entry Level/L1/L2

Edexcel Pearson Functional Skills Mathematics Entry Level/L1/L2

Additional Qualifications and Awards

Edexcel Pearson Functional Skills ICT Entry Level/L1/L2

ASDAN L1 Certificate of Employability

AQA Unit Award Scheme bespoke Units focusing on independence, social and work skills or for pre-entry students, literacy and numeracy skills.


All classes take part in enterprise which is an excellent opportunity for the students to develop skills required in adult life and the workplace. Over the past few years, students have run classroom businesses including a gardening business, a badge making company and a shop in our café. Last year our students ran a market stall at the Bath Christmas Market as well as a pop-up shop in Bath city centre. The money generated is reinvested into the students’ companies and, at the end of the year, is used to find our activities week.  

Fosse Way School has a dedicated careers lead who facilitates a range of opportunities for our students. As part of our school’s careers programme, all students have the opportunity to meet with an independent careers adviser on a 1:1 basis to discuss their preferences and opportunities for future employment, as well as the steps they could take to achieve it. Students also regularly visit other education and training establishments to give them a full understanding of the different opportunities available to them. Please see our careers policy for more information on our detailed careers programme 

Independent Living 

Our curriculum promotes the development of independence at all levels and abilities. This may include teaching students to make their own choices, personal care skills, travel training, looking after the home, developing the skills to live independently later in life, and managing their own emotions. Students are regularly taught out in the local community and in our onsite training flat.  

Community Inclusion 

We have a strong sense of community at Fosse Way School and we teach our students to have the same. We access many local community facilities and build relationships with many local companies, especially to enhance our work placements. We teach our students to become actively involved in their communities and every year each group sponsors a local charity. We believe it is important to support and broaden our student’s social development. To enable this, we regularly meet students from other local provisions for social events to encourage new social opportunities. 


We support students to manage their own physical and mental health. Students learn about healthy living, are encouraged to exercise and have access to the Post-16 Counsellor. Each year students have the opportunity to take part in sessions led by the Bath Rugby Foundation and take part in exercise in local community facilities such as the local gym and attending weekly Taekwondo classes. All students also have Personal Social Health Economic Education (PSHEE) on their timetable, which vary in content depending on the needs of the class.  

DFN Project SEARCH is a one-year supported internship programme for students in their final year of education. The access to work programme enables interns to spend a year on site with an employer whilst gaining the skills, experience, knowledge, and confidence to find paid employment at the end of the year. Project SEARCH was developed in Cincinnati, USA and is now successfully replicated in many states. Fosse Way School was the first school in the UK to offer the course. For more information, please see the DFN Project SEARCH area of our prospectus.  

Since the summer of 2013, the Government has increased the age of participation. This means that young people must now remain in education, employment or training for longer. The following information is form the Department for Education Website: 

Young people in England are required to continue in education or training. 

This is being introduced in two stages: 

  • pupils who left year 11 in summer 2013 had to continue in education or training for at least another year until June 2014 
  • pupils who left year 11 in summer 2014 or later have to continue until at least their 18th birthday 

 This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from: 

  • full-time education (eg at a school or college) 
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship 
  • part-time education or training combined with one of the following: 
  • employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week 
  • volunteering for 20 hours or more a week 

On completion of year 11 learners at Fosse Way School have a number of options open to them. Some learners choose to leave school at this stage to continue their studies at colleges of further education. Many opt to enter the sixth form at Fosse Way where they are entitled to continue their studies until the completion of the academic year in which they reach nineteen years of age. Fosse Way provides Programmes of Study (PoS) devised to prepare each learner for the next stage in his or her life, whether it be entering employment, following a course at a FE college or moving into supported living within a community placement.