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Your Post 16 Options

At 16 you have many options to considerer after you finish your GCSEs:

  • Post-16
  • College
  • Apprenticeships
  • Employment

You can apply for as many options as you wish, please read below for further information.

Post 16

Talk to teachers about what subject involves and whether teacher thinks they are suitable to do the course. Ensure you attend local Open Evenings to see what each post 16 options offers.

What qualifications are needed? What are the target grades?

  • Level 3 courses (A Level over 2 years) want at least 5 GCSEs at A* – C grade, some course may need higher grades for entry.
  • Usually need to do 4 subjects
  • Level 2 course (1 year) – see Connexions
  • What do they need for their career plan/University


Attend college open days – these seem to be the most local colleges:


Contact college or look at prospectus or their website for open days.

Main reasons for going to college:

  • College does the course they want – as well as A levels  (do different subjects to school)  college also do more vocational courses
  • Closer to home
  • Want new start
  • Sports academy at Filton – need to apply to do full time course – can then also apply to do academy – complete both application forms, and have a trial

Things to consider:

  • Does it fit with career plan
  • Does it qualify you for specific job (eg child care), or is it general eg Health and Social Care
  • Grades required
  • Need to apply asap – will get called for interview, do assessment tests (may be on day of interview, may be called back for taster day and do test and have a taster lesson)
  • Will probably have to pay some material fees – can ask for help from college towards this based on family income
  • Travel every day – think about costs of bus, time involved – can’t just pop home if they have free period


  • Consider what occupational areas you’re interested in and consider the local labour market (by looking what’s available in Eve Post etc).
  • Companies such as Airbus, Rolls Royce, Royal Mail and MOD may need early applications  - check their websites
  • Apply to Training Providers (eg KTS , S&B)  in the Spring Term (with/without employer – they may be able to help with the employer search) and ALWAYS have a full time course or another plan as back up.
  • Register with the National Apprenticeship website. Best to search by postcode rather than look for Bristol. This gives actual current vacancies.
  • Must have employer with real vacancy before apprenticeship can start
  • Will usually have to do assessment tests – especially more technical apprenticeships, or at least basic literacy/numeracy
  • May involve day release to a college
  • Pay may only be £95 week – although some eg Rolls Royce/Airbus pay more


  • Best to look for employers who will offer training
  • Check out Connexions west website to see types of vacancies available for young people
  • Be realistic re the wage they expect to get
  • Talk to other young people about jobs they are doing and where
  • People often find jobs through people who work there – ask around
  • Employers will look for the best candidate – what  can you offer – qualifications, references, work experience
  • Often part time work

Confused about what you would like to do?

  • Use Kudos (do quiz re possible ideas)
  • Use Jobs4u - look at Job Families  section linked to interests
  • Use Careerscape (looks at jobs connected to subjects)
  • Look at college prospectus to see what is available just to start thinking

Look at Apprenticeship website – look at orange strap line at apprenticeships for lots of info on which job areas they can be done in.