How can Leicester College help your pupils achieve in Progress 8?

As you already know, pupils and schools are now judged by the Progress 8 measure at the end of year eleven. This means in practice that young people have to achieve good passes in a variety of subject areas, with the two subjects that make up the first category, English and Maths, both double-weighted.

The second category contains three EBacc qualifications such as languages, Science, and History, but the third and final category is what’s known as the “open group”. Here, pupils have the chance to complete their Progress 8 attainment with up to three further EBacc subjects or approved vocational qualifications – and this is where we come in.

Leicester College has developed a new vocational offering based on the new Progress 8 criteria. Pupils who come to study with us will continue in school Monday to Thursday, and come to College every Friday to complete a vocational qualification. Each qualification we offer is known as a Progress 8 Technical Award, and can be completed in just one academic year – meaning that pupils can return in year eleven to obtain a second vocational qualification if that’s appropriate for them.

Leicester College’s Progress 8 Technical Awards are worth one GCSE and are completed over 30 weeks, with some subject areas allowing progression if the same subject is studied for a further year. The awards are available in a range of curriculum areas to suit pupils’ talents and ambitions, and delivered by our experienced teaching team. All awards can include ESOL lessons and support, if required.

The following is a complete list of our Progress 8 Technical Awards:

To discover more about our Progress 8 offering call 0116 224 2240 or email