Post 16 Choices
What are the options for Post-16 Education?
There are a range of options available for continuing to study, Post 16. Your son/daughter will need to apply for either A Levels, or a Level 3 course of study. Most post-16 education establishments will require them to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Band 4 (some courses of study will have further requirements).
What do the different levels of study mean?
Confused about study options and levels?
Level 1 – GCSEs at grade D and below/band 4 and below
Level 2 – 5 or more GCSEs at grade C and above/band 5 and above
Level 3 – A Levels, AS Levels, BTEC Level 3
For more information of the full range of qualifications and their levels visit the National Careers Service.
Traineeships and Apprenticeships
A Traineeship is an introduction-level programme that combines a work placement with training, it helps to prepare young people for the world of work and supports with English and Mathematics if required.
Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher/Degree levels, and are available in a wide range of employment sectors. The length of time that it takes to complete is dependent on the level and occupation. All Apprenticeships are real jobs so young people on the programme can earn a salary.
All Apprenticeship opportunities must be advertised on the National Apprenticeships Website. Your son/daughter must be registered on this site to apply. They are allowed to start an Apprenticeship once they have reached the compulsory education leaving date, after the last Friday in June.
More information about Apprenticeships can be found using the links below.