As a School Leaver, our young people and their career aspirations are at the centre of everything we do. Our Study Programme provides a wide range of learning and enrichment experiences to ensure they have a fulfilling and successful time with us. As an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ provider, we believe our role is to prepare them with the start to their future career. Our wide range of study programme subjects will help them achieve their future potential.

What is a Study Programme?

A Study Programme is a full time programme of learning designed to develop a rounded set of skills to prepare young adults for further education, an Apprenticeship or employment. Attendance is a minimum of 3 days per week and aims to develop vital skills around communication, attitude, and employability as well as a chosen vocational qualification. A placement with a local employer to acquire real experience of the workplace is arranged to develop employability.

Our Study Programme is made up of FIVE elements and personalised to your specific needs:

1/ Your Chosen Subject

These courses are ideal for learners who have a flair for the subject and the ability to work hard and learn new skills. You will learn and develop the skills and vocational knowledge to give you the confidence to progress to Level 2 Vocational qualifications and employment

2/ English, math and ICT

English, maths and ICT qualifications are essential, with many higher education institutions and employers demanding a high level of understanding in these subjects. Our aim is to ensure that you leave college having achieved the best level in English and maths. Classes are timetabled to fit in with your main study programme and you will be in a group that is at the right level for you, based on your prior experience and grades.

3/ Work Experience – Employability 

All study programmes will include work related activities including guest speakers from various industry sectors and external work experience. Such activities are designed to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. The aim is to help you become more ‘work-ready’ and employable and to help you make informed choices about your career or next steps.  We will work with you to build specific occupational skills and to develop broader, transferrable skills, attitudes and behaviours that will be valued by employers.

4 /Enrichment Activities

Southend Adult Community College is committed to providing opportunities for broadening our learners’ educational experience and producing well-rounded individuals who are prepared for life and work. All Study Programmes offer the opportunity to get involved in a wide-range of activities from organised trips and tours, voluntary work, community projects all which are highly valued by employers and make you stand out from the crowd.

5/ We treat you as an individual

At SACC we treat our learners as an individual, with the respect and consideration they need. Our learners feel safe whilst at college, enjoying all the facilities with half the class sizes. Ofsted states ‘our learners value and benefit from in-class support. Learners are enthusiastic and make good progress’.

In addition the Study Programme offers:

  • Pastoral Care A SACC Progress Tutor will be assigned to you and will look after you throughout your time with us.
  • Additional Learning Support  We have a team of experienced learning support assistants who provide a range of support for specific learning difficulties.
  • Careers Advice – Our team of experienced advisors provide CV workshops and individual career planning.
  • Learner Progress – You can stay up to date on your progress with the opportunity to meet course tutors at termly meetings.

Ask to speak to our Study Programme Manager for more details on 01702 445700.

Careers guidance

Careers guidance is provided by our experienced Employability team who can be contacted by email on

Every young person benefits from:

  • Careers guidance at Induction
  • Work experience both inhouse and external
  • Guest speakers to classes
  • Visits to workplace
  • Employer events
  • Careers guidance interventions throughout the programme
  • Signposting to further learning, apprenticeships and jobs
  • Exit interviews and next steps All our learners benefit from:
  • Free 1:1 interviews with qualified and trained advisors who can offer comprehensive, confidential information and impartial advice about learning and work, as well as the local and national labour market
  • Information and advice on a range of extra support including childcare, funding and securing additional maths, English and digital skills
  • Being treated fairly with equality, respect and support
  • Opportunities to feed back on the quality of the service provided

Progress reviews for parents and carers

We like you to be involved in your young adults’ education as much as possible. Throughout the year, we hold parent/carer progress reviews where you can talk to the tutors, ask questions and provide us with feedback

Check here for upcoming dates

Parent/Carer feedback

We value your feedback – whether it be what we are doing well, so we can continue or what we could do better.

Please email your child’s tutor, they will have their e mail address, or or call 01702 445700.

Labour Market Information

When your young adult comes to deciding on their next steps, whether that be further education or work, it is useful to know where the vacancies are locally and where the growth sectors are. This has changed due to the impact of Covid – 19. Previously Hospitality and Travel and Tourism were growth areas in Southend but are now facing massive job cuts. Construction, Health and Social Care and Digital and Finance remain growth areas.

Term 1

Category Event Term Attendees
Parents evening Parents evening Term 1 Parents are invited to this event


Events and talks involving employers and providers Careers and enterprise event Term 1 This is a great opportunity for our students to engage in discussions with employers and education providers


Students will attend in small subject groups to enable more focussed discussions


Students will be inspired by a range of exciting career opportunities and gain an insight into the skills required and career pathways


Ready-for-work activities with employers Mock interviews Term 1 Local businesses will interview students


The exercise will give students practical experience of an interview followed by feedback by the employer


This will be the first of two sets of mock interviews.  The second booked for May’24



Term 2

Category Event Term Attendees
Events involving educational providers Apprenticeship Fair


Term 2 Education providers of apprenticeships will attend


Students will attend in small groups and find out what opportunities are available and career pathways


Events involving educational providers Supported Internships – selected learners


Term 2 Education providers of Supported Internships will attend


Students will attend specifically with ECHPs.  The event will give students an opportunity to talk to providers to find out about their opportunities and the application process for a Supported Internship


Term 3

  Event Term Who to invite
Ready-for-work activities with employers Mock interviews – part 2


Term 3 Local businesses – as above
Events involving educational providers Provider visit Term 3 Students will have an opportunity to visit other education providers to find out what opportunities are available and career pathways


Student event Students Fair – to display CVs


Term 3 Students will display their CVs and talk to representatives from the Careers’ Group about the skills they have acquired and what opportunities they are looking for after SACC


Events and talks involving employers and providers General tours of businesses, individual guest speakers Across all terms Local businesses

Have a look at our SACC Careers Strategy

To read more about our Safeguarding and Prevent Policies please click here

To read more about our British Values, Equality & Diversity Policies please click here