Post 16 Options | Further Education

Since 2013, students who finish school in Year 11 must go onto further education, training, or employment until the age of 18.  There are many options available when you turn 16, look at what option best suits you and your situation, strengths, and interests.

If you have an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan there may be different and more suitable options available to you. You can learn more about these here.

After finishing your GCSEs in Year 11, you might be considering your next steps. The good news is that you have a few options, they are:

  • Stay at your current school’s sixth form and study either A Levels or Vocational qualifications (BTECs)
  • Go to a separate sixth form or College and study A Levels or Vocational qualifications (BTECs or NVQs)
  • Start an apprenticeship
  • Start a traineeship
  • Go to a specialist college – these usually focus on subjects such as dance, drama, or agriculture
  • Volunteer for at least 20 hours per week, whilst in part-time education or training

You may be eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, which can help with things like books, travel, or equipment if you will struggle with education or training costs.