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Options Post 16

All students in Year 10 and Year 11 will have a 1:1 careers interview with a careers advisor from Sheffield Futures. Lunchtime and after school drop ins are available to help Year 11s apply for their Post 16 option

Everyone now has to stay in learning until at least their 18th birthday. However this doesn’t mean you have to stay on at school. You can choose from:

·         A full time course (called a study programme) at a college or VI form.

·         ‘work based learning’ and includes apprenticeships, traineeships and some study programmes.


You can also still get a job or volunteer but must also be still studying towards a qualification

If you choose full time learning in Sheffield you could be based at:

·         Sheffield Park Academy VI Form

·         The Sheffield College

·         Longley Park Sixth Form College

·         University Technical College (UTC) Sheffield

·         An approved training provider


You can also study English and maths if you have achieved them at GCSE grade A*-C.


·         Where you have chosen to study may also offer activities such as work experience, workplace visits, volunteering or enterprise projects. These are called ‘enrichment activities’.


To see what’s available in Sheffield, check out www.ucasprogress.com

You can also speak to Miss Headford who is based in the VI Form.

‘Work based learning’ means that you're based in a workplace rather than a classroom; you also study for qualifications that are related to the type of work you are doing.

The organisations that run work based learning are often called ‘training providers’.

There are several different types of work based learning, including:

·         Apprenticeships

·         Traineeships

·         Study Programmes based with training providers


An apprenticeship is a real job where you also study for qualifications. You have a contract of employment and are paid a wage. There are different levels of apprenticeship:

·         Intermediate Apprenticeships: leading to qualifications at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade A*-C).

·         Advanced Apprenticeships: leading to qualifications at Level 3 (equivalent to A Level).

·         Higher Apprenticeships: leading to qualifications at Level 4 and above (e.g. a Foundation Degree).

·         Apprenticeships can be demanding because you have to hold down a full time job and also study. You may need some GCSEs at grades A*-C, especially if you are aiming at an advanced apprenticeship. For a higher apprenticeship, you may need qualifications at Level 3 such as A Levels, BTEC National or NVQ Level 3. Aim for the highest grades you can achieve and take care over your applications.

·         If you find it hard to get an apprenticeship it's also worth looking at other types of work based learning such as traineeships and study programmes based with training providers.

·         Want to know more?
www.apprenticeships.org.uk – for more information plus vacancies across the country



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