Your Choices at 16 – What Options are available to You?

What are my Choices after Year 11?

Did you know that you are now required to continue in education or training until your 18th birthday, or until you have gained a level 3 qualification (whichever comes first)?


When deciding the right choice for you, you need to consider the following:

  • The GCSEs you have achieved or might achieve
  • How you like to learn
  • Where you would like to study – ensuring you consider how you will get there
  • What you want to do in the future


There are three main Choices open to you:

  • Stay in full time education (Sixth Form , College or course with a Training Provider)
  • Carry out an Apprenticeship or a Traineeship
  • Find a job – however there must be some accredited training with the job (e.g. one session per week or once per week)


Further study at a Local College or a 6th Form :

Local colleges and Sixth forms offer a wide range of courses at different levels depending on your GCSE results.


6th Form or 6th Form College:

  • A/S and A-levels
  • BTECs (Level 2 and level 3)



Vocational based qualifications including at Entry level, levels 1, 2 and 3


Priestley is one of the first colleges in the country, and the first locally, to be offering T-Levels (Priestley College) from September 2020.The two-year technical courses have been developed with employers to help you gain the skills and knowledge to secure highly skilled employment, a higher apprenticeship or higher-level study.

T-Levels combine classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement that will give you the chance to apply this theory and gain genuine experience of the workplace.

Around 80% of your time will be spent at college with the remaining 20% being spent at your placement. This will give you the opportunity to develop the employability skills you need for your chosen career


Work and study through an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships allow you to work and learn at the same time usually four days a week in the workplace and one day working towards qualifications linked to your chosen area of work.  For further information have a look at Our Apprenticeships and Training Page



If you don’t feel that you are quite ready for an Apprenticeship after Year 11 you can carry out a Traineeship.

Traineeships are designed to provide you with the necessary training enabling you to progress onto employment or an Apprenticeship.



If you are considering finding a job after leaving year 11 you need to make sure that you are working towards a qualification as well.

This could mean working as well as studying at college or you might like to think about changing your job into an Apprenticeship.

(If you would like to consider this as an option you can Contact Warrington-Life via Email for more information)


Last Updated: 29th January 2020

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