Post 16 Options

Young people must stay in some type of education or training until they are 18. There are many options available when young people turn 16, and they should look at what option best suits them, their situation, strengths and interests.

Young people may be eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, which can help with things like books, travel or equipment for those who will struggle with education or training costs.

For students with an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan there may be different and more suitable options available.

The main options are:

Full time education at a school or college which include any of the following qualifications:

A-Levels

  • Description: Study a subject you took at GCSE in greater depth or choose a new one like economics, law or psychology. You could take 3 broad subjects you are interested in to keep your career options open or choose ones you need for a specific career.
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Assessment: Mostly exams at the end of the course
  • Level of study: 3
  • Entry requirements: Course dependent, typically 5 GCSEs Grade 9-4 (usually including English and maths)
  • Work experience: Usually 1 week during year 12
  • Leads to: University/college, higher and degree apprenticeships, work

T-Levels

  • Description: Designed in partnership with employers to give you the skills and knowledge to get on in the workplace. Combines classroom learning with industry placements to prepare you for skilled work or higher level study. 1 T Level is the equivalent of 3 A levels.
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Assessment: Exams, projects and practical assignments
  • Level of study: 3
  • Entry requirements: Course dependent
  • Work experience: At least 45 days on industry placement
  • Leads to: University/college, higher and degree apprenticeships, work

Technical and vocational qualifications

  • Description: Qualifications which teach you how to do tasks specifically related to the industry and role you want to be involved in.
  • Duration: Course dependent
  • Assessment: Can include coursework, skills tests and exams
  • Level of study: 1+
  • Entry requirements: Course dependent
  • Work experience: Course dependent
  • Leads to: Apprenticeship, work, college or university

Applied qualifications

  • Description: Qualifications that give you a broad overview of working in a specific sector, like business, media, engineering, leisure or science and technology. A mix of classroom-based learning with the chance to get some practical skills.
  • Duration: Course dependent
  • Assessment: Course dependent (coursework and exams)
  • Level of study: 3
  • Entry requirements: Yes
  • Work experience: Course dependent
  • Leads to: University/college, apprenticeship, work

Combined work or training

Traineeships

  • Description: A course that includes a work placement that will get you ready for an apprenticeship or a job. You’ll get work experience and some help to apply for your next steps. You can also improve your maths and English skills. You’ll get work experience and some help to apply for whatever you do next.
  • Location: You’ll spend a minimum of 70 hours in a work placement with the rest of your time in college or a training centre
  • Duration: 6 weeks to 1 year
  • Entry requirements:  You need to be aged between 16 to 24 or up to 25 with an Education Health and Care Plan with no higher than a level 3 qualification
  • Qualifications: English, maths, digital and work-related qualifications
  • Leads to: Apprenticeship, further education, work

Supported internships

  • Description: Supported internships are for young people with learning difficulties or learning disabilities, who need extra support to get a job.
  • Location: You'll spend most of your time on placements with an employer, learning skills for work. You'll also get help from a tutor and a job coach in college or with a specialist provider.
  • Duration: A minimum of 6 months
  • Entry requirements: Aged 16-24 with an Education Health and Care Plan
  • Qualifications: GCSE English and maths
  • Leads to: Work, traineeship, apprenticeship

Apprenticeships

  • Description: Intermediate, advanced higher and degree apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job skills training with off-the-job learning. You'll get training that is relevant to your job and be paid a salary. Start at a level to suit you, with support if you have special needs or a disability.
  • Location: You’ll spend 80% of your time in the workplace and 20% off-the-job with some study in a college, training centre or Institute of Technology (IoT)
  • Duration: A minimum of 1 year
  • Entry requirements:  Will be dependent on the industry, job role and apprenticeship level
  • Qualifications: apprenticeship certificate, diploma, degree and masters depending on level
  • Leads to: Work, next level of apprenticeship, further education, higher education

Part time education or training - this must be in addition to employment, self-employment or volunteering for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Please see FHES Post-16 Options Booklet for details of all our local options

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