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School Leavers – Your Options at 16

Think carefully about the options open to you after year 11 before deciding on your next steps. There are many college courses, apprenticeships and training programmes to choose from. Find out about your options so you can compare them and decide what will suit you.

How to find out about your options:

  • Look on college websites, attend college open events, and talk to your careers adviser in school. Use the careers websites on the other side of this page to research A levels, BTECs, and Apprenticeships.
  • Talk to your family and teachers about your options, as they know you well and what may best suit you.

Courses and training offered:

T-Levels are new courses that follow GCSE’s and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. They’ve been co-created with employers and are designed to help students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully move into their desired career.

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resources/?t-levels=1

https://www.blc.ac.uk/starting-september-2022/

https://nscg.ac.uk/study/view-all?s=&course_type%5B%5D=158649

https://www.stokesfc.ac.uk/t-levels/

  • Are more classroom and exam based and you usually choose 3 or 4 subjects
  • Most are now linear and you study for 2 years before taking your A Level exam
  • You can choose subjects that you did at GCSE, or you could choose different subjects that you have not done before like Law, Psychology, and Sociology
  • To get onto most A Level courses you will need to achieve at least 5 GCSE’s at grade A*-C (9-4 ) including Maths and English, with a 5/6 in the subject you wish to study. Some colleges may ask for higher grades so always check individual college entry requirements
  • For more information visit:
    www.university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices

College Websites

  • This type of learning involves on-the-job practical training
  • You would usually go to college or a training provider one day a week then work for 4 days a week with an employer at their premises
  • You can do an apprenticeship in many career areas. To find out more look on the apprenticeship web site gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
  • You may have to find your work placement yourself and competition for vacancies is high, so you will need a backup option such as a full time college course, a study programme or a traineeship
  • For more information visit:
    https://www.indeed.co.uk/
    Parent’s Pack – Apprenticeship Information
  • If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, and may need some work experience to help you secure a placement, a Traineeship may be suitable.
  • Designed to help you to improve your skills to be ready for a traineeship or apprenticeship and are based at small providers throughout the City.

College Websites

T-Levels

T-Levels are new courses that follow GCSE’s and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. They’ve been co-created with employers and are designed to help students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully move into their desired career.

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resources/?t-levels=1

https://www.blc.ac.uk/starting-september-2022/

https://nscg.ac.uk/study/view-all?s=&course_type%5B%5D=158649

https://www.stokesfc.ac.uk/t-levels/

A-Levels
  • Are more classroom and exam based and you usually choose 3 or 4 subjects
  • Most are now linear and you study for 2 years before taking your A Level exam
  • You can choose subjects that you did at GCSE, or you could choose different subjects that you have not done before like Law, Psychology, and Sociology
  • To get onto most A Level courses you will need to achieve at least 5 GCSE’s at grade A*-C (9-4 ) including Maths and English, with a 5/6 in the subject you wish to study. Some colleges may ask for higher grades so always check individual college entry requirements
  • For more information visit:
    www.university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices

College Websites

Apprenticeships
  • This type of learning involves on-the-job practical training
  • You would usually go to college or a training provider one day a week then work for 4 days a week with an employer at their premises
  • You can do an apprenticeship in many career areas. To find out more look on the apprenticeship web site gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
  • You may have to find your work placement yourself and competition for vacancies is high, so you will need a backup option such as a full time college course, a study programme or a traineeship
  • For more information visit:
    https://www.indeed.co.uk/
    Parent’s Pack – Apprenticeship Information
Traineeships
  • If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, and may need some work experience to help you secure a placement, a Traineeship may be suitable.
Study Programmes
  • Designed to help you to improve your skills to be ready for a traineeship or apprenticeship and are based at small providers throughout the City.
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