Training and Learning - Different Routes

16 – 19

Remember there are different routes you can take after Year 11.

  • You can continue to study academic courses at sixth form or further education colleges. We would suggest you look at A levels and BTEC courses.
  • You can choose more vocational courses (this means they are directly related to a type of work) such as a NVQ, T-Level course or diploma.

Open Evenings for local colleges are advertised on the POST 16 section and on displays around the academy.

  • You can also do an apprenticeship in different types of work anything from the arts, education, and engineering to retail, leisure, IT and more. This means you are paid to study at a college or training provider while working with an employer to gain specific skills. Have a look at  to find out more.
  • Have a look at this poster showing how apprenticeships work.
  • This website can help with your apprenticeship application.

Visit the University of Chichester on one of their open days to find out about studying at university

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  • For careers that require university degrees check 
    You can check the A Levels, or equivalent, required for course entry. your choices at 16 will keep the options open to you.

Uni Taster Days are running Taster Tuesdays webinars to inform students about studying at University.  There are general webinars and subject specific - sport, midwifery, allied health, veterinary medicine, agriculture, law, media, engineering, animation, biosciences, history, accounting, business and philosophy - you can sign up to take part, or view them afterwards.  



Work and Voluntary Experience

For certain areas of work (such as medicine) experience in that field is essential. Work experience also helps:

  • You reality check – is it what you thought it would be? Is it right for you?
  • Provide evidence of your interest and motivation to demonstrate to universities and employees
  • A chance to meet potential employers and contacts (people that can help in your career)
  • You to learn new skills, gain knowledge and experience

Do it logo1  has lots of opportunities you can explore.

Speak to friends, family and local employers to see if they can help you gain experience. Remember all experience is worthwhile as it helps you learn more about what interests you. If you do enjoy your work or voluntary experience really think about what aspects you liked and equally if you didn’t consider what was it you didn’t like.

 The following websites will help inspire anyone feeling unexcited about their future and tell you more about working in lots of different areas as well as using different subjects. Think about the kinds of skills, knowledge and personalities suited to the different jobs you research and if they would suit you. Let’s get started….

My Choices - careers event, available on demand:

My choices

My Choices - interactive guide for students.  Everything you need to know about your post-16 choices.

Employability Skills for Year 11 students.  If you have some spare time before your course starts in September, why not learn something new or develop your expertise.  Click here for ideas to boost your employability.

If you want to do some formal online training, have a look at Future Learn.  There are short courses in a multitude of subjects.  Click here for the link. 

Year 10 Students.  Everything you need to know about your next steps after Year 11. Click here.


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Start is our chosen online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.  Click here to see the introductory video.

Download the how to guide here

START have added Home Learning Activities to their website to help you focus on thinking about your future.

Gcse pod Planning to study A Levels at College or 6th Form?  These resources will help you transition to KS5 and get you ready for studying at the next level.
Capture Springpod To help young people research career pathways; browse universities and courses; explore employers.
Learn lounge by springpod Live and interactive career talks from individuals who are experts in their field.  Or you can watch recordings at a later date.  

Get Career Confident provides a range of support to young people, parents/carers and teachers.  Sign up to receive careers guidance.  Parents/carers can also sign up to receive updates and key information.  Students should follow on Instagram @ GetCConfident.  Teachers should follow on Twitter @GCConfident and Parents/Carers on Facebook at Get-Career-Confident.

Click here for the April Newsletter with up-to-date information.  

Summer Term 2020: Year 10 students can book a one-to-one careers guidance session with Elev8 Careers.  You can make an appointment via the booking link on the 'Coronavirus' tab on the school website, then go to the Y10 careers section.

Year 11 students - here's a powerpoint to help you with your next steps after leaving school.

I see A career in healthcare is not just doctors and nurses.  This series of webinars aim to inform you about allied health careers, for example podiatry, therapeutic radiography, orthoptics, orthotics and prosthetics.  Various dates in June 2020. 
Nat literacy trust Employability and Skills Checklist. Activities and resources you can complete at home to boost your skills and support you in your next steps after leaving school. Create a professional CV and covering letter and have them evaluated by industry experts.
Wow show logo Brings the world of work alive via its online channel.
Skills builder logo We recognise that the outbreak of COVID-19 is already having an impact on many of the schools, employers and skills-building organisations in the Skills Builder Partnership. We want to support all of our partners in responding to the changing circumstances, including the transition to remote and home learning.

We're pleased to have made home learning resources available to support parents and carers to continue building their children's essential skills, in the event of schools being closed.
Prospects logo Calm your interview nerves with this advice on the best ways to prepare for an interview, example interview questions, tips on interview technique, practice psychometric tests, and help with phone and video interviews.
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Resources and information to explain Apprenticeships.  

Click here for a guide on how to prepare, search and apply for apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships explained - what they are, how to get one and different levels.

This site allows you to check out apprenticeships, the latest news on University courses, information about the type of job you might be looking for and techniques to secure it!

Successatschool The future of work 2020-2030 and the factors that will shape future jobs.
The student room

What can you do after GCSEs?  Advice and information for students.  Academic routes, vocational qualifications, 10 steps to making the right decisions.


Great site for finding out about jobs and careers you might never have thought of! There are a number of videos, quizzes and search sections to inspire you.

Speakers for schools Watch interviews with people from different industry sectors to find out about their jobs.

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Do it

Start volunteering to gain valuable work-related skills and experience.
Getmyfirstjob logo Explore these pages to find out more about your options: Work Experience, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, University and Gap years.
Talking jobs

Listen to people talk about their jobs and what inspires them

National careers service

The site also gives you the opportunity to go through a comprehensive ‘Skills Health Check’

National careers service

You can also chat to an advisor on 0800 100 900, 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week

National careers service Your options when you leave school at the end of Year 11.
National careers service Free courses to help you learn new skills.

My world of work allows you to search job profiles and well as matching your skills to job specifications. You need to register for this site but it is free!


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Target careers logo Careers information for young people, job descriptions, qualifications and revision tips, advice on CVs and applying for jobs.  
Nationalservicecitizen To further support your CV and provide a wealth of opportunities open to you from the age of 15, check out the National Citizens Service
Russell Group What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career.  Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, especially at Russell Group Universities.
Career Pilot Short videos about GCSEs, student life and careers.
BBC Bitesize Where could your favourite subject take you? Advice on careers, CVs and interviews.
Step into the NHS Job roles in the NHS.  Take the quiz and find out which job would suit you.

This is an online 'virtual' work experience course for students in years 9/10/11 who are seriously considering a careers in the medical profession.  You will get an insight into the roles of healthcare professionals, the structure and function of healthcare services and issues surrounding NHS and healthcare practice.  

The medical school also schedule free online information talks.  Click here for their Events page.

If you are seriously considering becoming a medical doctor, you can apply for their BrightMedder programme, for Years 8-11.  It's free, takes place in school holidays and Saturdays.  You will need to apply by 5th July 2020.  Click here for more information.

The WOW Show Short videos spotlighting careers in health care.
UCAS Careers and education information.  Search jobs by sector, subject or skills.



Provides students aged 15-18 with the 'ultimate internship' in their dream career.  Internships take place in London and Silicon Valley, with optional trips to industry hubs across Europe.  Places are highly limited on first come, first served basis.  Click the link for the full schedule.

Careers featured: Architecture | Computer Science | Psychology | Politics | Entrepreneurship |  Law | Investment Banking | Medicine | Engineering | Silicon Valley

Creative careers logo Explore careers in the creative industries.  
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Looking ahead to Year 12.....   The Sutton Trust offers free internships - Engineering, Medicine, Law and Finance.  Free.  

The Trust supports young people from less advantaged backgrounds to access leading universities and careers. In partnership with universities and employers, they run engaging programmes that give students practical advice and leave them feeling inspired and more confident about their future.

The programmes are completely free to attend. All costs - including travel, accommodation, food and activities – are paid for by the Trust and their partners.

Future learn Future Learn has information about loads of possible careers.  Browse by skills, qualifications and job titles.
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