Options Post 16
We try to ensure that every one of our students has fully explored her options for life after Year 11.
We have a very successful Sixth Form and over half of our Year 11 students stay here to study A Levels or Level 3 BTECs. We also offer re-sits in GCSE English and Maths.
Parents have told us they need to know more about post 16 options so they can support their daughters and sons. Evidence also shows that students rely on their parents and older siblings for advice.
We would like to point you in the right direction to find the right information for YOUR daughter or son:
How to Choose
What qualifications do you need to get a particular job or on the course?
Would your daughter enjoy the topics or subjects?
Research entry requirements, some degrees may need particular subjects.
Visit these websites to help research
SKILLS HEALTHCHECK is a careers matching software programme it is not an exact science and not perfect but it is a good starting point. Students should register and play the game. They should save it as they go along.’
School Sixth Form or College
We produce a list of the majority of Sixth Forms and College Open Days which will be as accurate as possible but check websites and ring to confirm any we may miss. This is made available in tutor rooms and the Careers room. Prospectuses are available from Mrs Greenland in the Careers Room.
Some colleges close applications early. Some will continue right through the year
Questions you might want to ask are: What is the pass rate? What is the destination of students who finish the course?
Apply to as many colleges as your daughter wants. She will not need to make a final decision until she receives her GCSE results. It is always best to have a back up option.
Even More Help
It’s Your Choice is also available and well worth going through with your daughter. It is from 2010-11 but still has useful information
Research all options available for your daughters chosen path
It good to have high aspirations but be realistic by using predicted grades
Apply to anything that is appropriate
Worth doing & Pros & Cons of all options because a decision will need to made eventually but not until August.
Recent research from the Institute for Public Policy Research has found that Apprentices are three times more likely to be in work a year after completion of their programmes compared to Graduates and A-level students.
New statistics revealed that:
•5% of apprentices are unemployed a year after starting their job hunt
•16% of graduatesare still looking for work after a year of searching
•13% of A-Level students are still out of work a year after starting a job search
This new research (2014) highlights the importance of young people exploring all of their pathway options, including apprenticeships, to ensure they make an informed decision.