Post 16 Destinations
There are many local colleges offering a wide variety of courses and opportunities for students post-16. Ensure to attend open events to learn more about the courses and facilities each college has to offer. The dates can be found on the individual websites.
Students can apply to more than one college and for more than one course. This takes the pressure off having to make a final decision before they have taken their GCSE exams, and also allows them to keep their options open if they are undecided. They make their final decision on the course and college of their choice once they have received their GCSE results in August.
I know considering a post 16 destination for our students may seem daunting at the moment but let me re-assure you that when I speak to our ex-students who made the move, they invariably say that even though it was a little scary at the time, what a positive experience it turned out to be. They report that they welcomed the fresh start and new opportunities and after having been out of their comfort zone made the next stages in their career choice seem so much easier. Students have a variety of pathway options such as: college, 6th form, apprenticeships, T-Levels (technical qualification equivalent to three A-levels), employment (20 + hours a week). Please find listed below a variety of local post 16 providers and their websites.
All Hallows Catholic College Sixth Form
Tytherington School Sixth Form
Eaton Bank Academy Sixth Form
The Fallibroome Academy Sixth Form
Sir John Deane's Sixth Form
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your career.
It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.
Levels of an apprenticeship
Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level. Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may:
- require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE
- give extra training in the English or maths skills needed so you’re at the right level
At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level.
Apprenticeship levels are set and equivalent to as follows:
2 (Intermediate): GCSEs
3 (Advanced): A-levels
4 (Higher): foundation degree
5 (Higher): foundation degree/first year of bachelor’s degree
6 (Degree): bachelor’s degree
7 (Degree): master’s degree
Local live vacancies can be found below. To access information and apply for a vacancy, visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship type in the employer name and location.