As you enter Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) in school, undoubtedly you will be thinking about what you want to do at the end of Year 11. It is normal to feel confused and unsure about this, but DON'T WORRY! Everyone feels exactly the same. Teachers and other adults will be asking you what you want to do, but it is perfectly okay to be unsure still.
There are three main options:
There are many things you can you to help with this:
Spring/Summer Year 10 - Ensure you have had a careers meeting, if not then ask your school to arrange this.
Summer Year 10 - This would be a good time for you to begin looking at what schools and colleges are closest to you, what courses they offer, their open days and what grades are required for you to be able to apply to them.
September Year 11 - Arrange to visit open days at sixth form providers and colleges.
October/November Year 11 - Complete application forms and send them off immediately. Your Virtual School Officer or your school can help with this.
PLEASE REMEMBER SIXTH FORMS SHUT THEIR BOOKS MUCH EARLIER THAN COLLEGES.
National Careers Service
This is the government website that gives advice on Post 16 pathways and careers.
This webpage is for students in the Royal Greenwich borough. However, it does give some good information on Post 16 open days, courses and career pathways. If you do not live in Royal Greenwich, you can access your own borough's website, which will give you similar help.
This site is fantastic for searching for apprenticeships. It is very easy to use: put in the area you live and how far you will travel and search. All available apprenticeships in this category will come up along with the salary and the requirements for you to be able to apply.