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Study programmes

Study programmes help young people aged 16-18 years (or aged up to 25 if they have a learning difficulty or disability) to find a suitable career and then prepare for further education and/or employment in their chosen field. 

How does it work?

Foundation Learners (Study Programme) presentation to Help for Heroes, July 2018Hoople Study Programmes are based at the Hoople Training Centre in Hereford for four days a week (term time only). The remaining day of the week will be spent on work placement relevant to your chosen study path.

We will help you to find a work placement that suits your needs and preferences and will help to give you a sense of what a career in your chosen path would be like.

Hoople offers study programmes in six different subject areas, all commencing in September of each year.

Health and social care

Suitable for anyone thinking about a career in social care, the qualification you will gain can be used as an introduction to working with adults or children and young people. You will be given an introduction to the role of a social care worker and learn about equality and diversity, health and safety, safeguarding and duty of care.


We offer an introduction within children and young people settings. This qualification is incorporated within the Health and Social Care Programme (above) and gives you the opportunity to develop professional skills such as  the ability to keep children safe and preparing and maintaining environments to support children's varying needs. 

Business and administration

All businesses have an administration function. This study programme is suitable for anyone thinking about a career in office administration in any sector. You'll learn all the essentials of keeping an office running, eg handling the phones and mail, creating business documentation and welcoming visitors. 

Customer service

If you think you'd be most happy serving customers, then this study programme will be of interest to you. You'll learn relationship building and customer care skills relevant to any industry.

IT users

If you are interested in a future career in IT, the IT Users study programme will equip you with some useful skills for future career progression. Content is flexible to suit your interests and work placement.

Hair and beauty 

If hair and beauty is your desired career, then this study programme will be of interest to you. This qualification is the foundation knowledge within the hair and beauty sector, providing the skills needed to become a salon assistant. 

Additional elements common to all study programmes

Employability skills 

You will gain valuable qualifications and experience to support you in finding a job or to progress onto a college course or apprenticeship. These will typically include how to complete job applications, interview skills and effective communication.

Enrichment activities

All Hoople Study Programmes will include time to learn essential skills that are transferable to every day life, eg budgeting, cookery, planning an event.

Functional skills

Hoople will help you to develop your maths and English skills, focusing particularly on problem solving and being able to apply the skills effectively in real situations.

Skills for working life

Hoople will support you to develop personal and work-related skills that will help you to progress and/or are of particular interest to you, eg personal finance, food hygiene, manual handling and many other options.

More information and answers to the most common questions can be found on our frequently asked questions webpage.  For further information, please get in touch or download a copy of our application form or study programme leaflet

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