Post 16 Options
Being successful after Year 11 is about choosing the right and appropriate pathway for you. It may be a daunting task especially as you may feel you have just finished making choices about GCSE! With a more competitive market in terms of university courses, jobs and apprenticeships, research into making the right choices is now more important than ever.
What are your Post 16 options?
A levels - Subject based qualifications (level 3)
BTECs - Industry related qualifications (levels 2 & 3)
Apprenticeships - A job combined with a job related qualification
HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU
Always start with the ‘what’ you want to study and then consider the ‘where’. You need to think about the subjects you enjoy as, generally, these are the ones in which you will have the most success.
If you already know what kind of career path you would like to follow, it can be quite straightforward. Research which course best matches your interests, look at which qualifications are specified as mandatory. With medicine for example you will definitely need A level Chemistry but it can be combined with different sciences or maths.
If you are thinking about progressing into Higher Education researching university courses is absolutely key as courses may have specific entry requirements.
Don't worry if you don't have something definite in mind at this stage as keeping your options open can be a very good strategy.
Choose subjects that interest you and that you enjoy
Research courses in subjects and career paths which may be of interest you
Research specific university degree courses to see what you need to achieve to meet their entry requirements. Do they require certain subjects at A level/BTEC?
Try to pick a balanced choice of subjects if you are unsure of what you would like to do after Year 11.
Achieve the best GCSE results possible as this will allow more choice and those results will help when you apply to university, employment, internships or apprenticeships
NEED FURTHER ADVICE & GUIDANCE?
If you would like to learn more about the Sixth Form at Christs, take a look at the Sixth Form Section on the school website or speak to Mrs Harris, Head of Sixth Form.
For help with your Post 16 options please talk to Mrs Holmes, Career Leader, based in the Sixth Form Common Room.
If you have questions about subject choices, speak to the relevant subject teachers.
USEFUL RESOURCES FOR POST 16 CHOICES
As part of our programme to support students in making their post 16 options, we invite local training providers to speak to students about a range of progression pathways.