P16 Options

In Year 11 all students will need to think about what they want to do after their GCSEs.

They must consider if they want to continue in full time education (A Levels or college courses), apply for an apprenticeship or look for work and training. Starting at the end of year 10 students will be given support to help them make informed decisions.

What are my options?

Classroom based study at 6th form or 6th form college.​

Is this you? ​

  • Do you like reading & researching?​
  • Do you usually do well in exams?​
  • Are you good at meeting deadlines?

What is involved? ​

  • A Levels ​
  • Studying a range of subjects.​
  • Assessment at the end of your course (Y2).
  • Study a subject you love in more depth.​
  • Choose a new subject you have not studied before.​

Develop knowledge and research skills

Where can I search for this option?

  • College website
  • PS16

A mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 45 days.

Is this you?

  • Likes classroom learning and development.
  • Wants to put the skills learnt in the classroom in to practical industry environment.
  • Wants to enter skilled employment at the end of your course.
  • Also want the choice to progression to an apprenticeship or to further study / higher education in a related area

What are T Levels?

T Levels are a brand-new qualification choice that will follow GCSEs and give students a head start towards the career they want. They will suit students who wish to start working towards a skilled occupation, prefer a practical approach to learning and want a predominantly classroom based course.

What do T Levels Include?

T Levels combine classroom learning, practical skills development and a substantial industry placement and will support progression into skilled employment, an apprenticeship or into further related study. Each T Level begins with core theory, concepts and skills relating to an industry area and students will then be able to choose one or more occupational specialism(s).

Where can I search for this option?

  • FE College websites

Study work related qualifications usually at FE or 6th Form College. ​

Is this you? ​

  • Are you aiming for specific kind of job?​
  • Do you like to be ‘hands on’? ​
  • Are you practical? ​
  • Do you want to develop skills?


What is involved?

  • BTEC, NVQ & T Levels ​
  • Work placements
  • Mainly continuous assessment.​
  • Can progress to advanced / higher education. ​
  • May be able to combine one or two A Level equivalents with A Levels.


Where can I search for this option?

  • College websites
  • PS16

Study work related qualifications in the work place or training centre. ​

Is this you?

  • Have you got a career in mind?​
  • Are you ready for the rigours of work?​
  • Do you prefer to ‘learn by doing’?​
  • Are you prepared for part-time study?


What is involved? ​

  • City & Guilds or other qualification with Employer / apprenticeship.​
  • A real job role / responsibilities.​
  • Professionalism and team work.
  • Earn while you learn.​
  • Advance in your chosen career.​
  • Gain a range of transferable skills.


Where can I search for this option?

  • College websites
  • PS16

What are apprenticeships?​

  • A real job.​
  • Combine on the job practical training.


What is involved?​

  • A nationally recognised qualification.​
  • Earn while you learn.​
  • Functional skills ​
  • A technical certificate, such as a BTEC or City & Guilds. ​
  • Hands on experience and training.


As an apprentice you will: ​

  • Work alongside experienced staff.​
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay.​
  • Be given time for study related to your role (One day a week).


Where can I search for this option?

  • Continue at school or college in the 6th form.​
  • Leave school and start a full time programme at college or with a training provider. ​
  • Leave school and find an apprenticeship.​

Leave school and find employment with accredited training.


How to decide

  • Think about how you like to learn.​
  • Research courses using college websites. ​
  • Use career websites to see which job areas interest you. ​
  • Visit college open days.​
  • Speak to a careers advisor.​
  • Speak to your family and friends.​
  • Speak to your teachers.