Choices at Post 16

Finishing Y11, Age 16+

There are a wide range of qualifications available when your child finishes their GCSEs. At age 16 your child can choose from:

A Levels offer classroom-based learning across a range of academic subjects. A Levels can be completed either at school or college and involve written work and exams.

BTECs & Technicals offer learning linked to a specific career path, for example Information Technology or Sport but without the workplace experience an Apprenticeship offers. BTECs normally involve written work, coursework and exams. They can be studied at school or college.

Apprenticeships offer practical learning in the workplace often with a day spent studying in college. Find out more about Apprenticeships here

Top Tip

Find out if your child’s school or college has a careers adviser. A careers adviser will be able to give your family information on possible careers and the qualifications needed.

Finishing College or Sixth Form, Age 18+

At age 18 your child can choose from:

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships offer practical learning and degree level study while gaining experience of working in a business.

Undergraduate Degrees offer academic study, typically written work and exams, across a wide range of subjects.

The Higher National Certificate is a BTEC level qualification studied over one to two years part time.

The Higher National Diploma is equivalent to the first two years of a three-year degree course. This is normally studied as a full-time course over two years.

Foundation Degrees are a level below a university degree but offer the chance to ‘top up’ to a university degree. Foundation degrees are focused on specific professions instead of academic subjects, there are usually no set entry requirements and experience will be considered as part of an application.