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 www.apprenticeships.org.uk  to find out more.
  • Have a look at this poster showing how apprenticeships work.

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



  • 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.


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….


Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.

Download the how to guide here

Logo 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.

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!

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.

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


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!


Support students prepare for life in the 21st Century

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