Options after Year 11?

Year 11 students doing examsBefore choosing you need to think about a few things

How do you learn? What kind of person are you? What are you good at... interested in? What exam results are you likely to get?

  • Use the information below to start you thinking
  • Talk to the people that know you...
  • And your C&K careers school or college adviser.
  • See the 'More to explore' website links

Don't forget Raising the Participation Age means you must now stay in training or learning until you are 18.

The fact that I'm 15 and am being asked to make huge choices that dictate the rest of my life. I can't drive, drink etc but I'm expected to decide the course of my existence - the decisions I make now will affect what outcomes I will experience in the future. Year 11 student, commenting on the importance of careers guidance.

Your options are:

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Quick guide to your options after year 11 - in Calderdale and Kirklees
(779kb SWF) Updated 24 October 2017

School and college open events and application closing dates 2017/18
(62kb PDF) updated October 2017

The Government is encouraging more young people to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects because they will give you the skills you need for a wide range of jobs but remember it's important to make sure you choose a course or subjects that you like and are good at. Check out the Your Life website to see the careers available when you study science and maths

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      • Login and search careersinfo logo for our guides to:

Get Organised 2018
Get organised 2018: a guide to your post-16 options

 

Get Ahead 2018
Get Ahead - career and learning options at Entry level and Level 1

  

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Options after Year 11

Check out our video on your choices are after Year 11 or read it (49kb PDF).

Also see our interview with Adam on choosing your options via our YouTube Channel or read it (141kb PDF).

 

Timing is important

Not sure when to start? Our Year 10 calendar will help you start planning and our Year 11 calendar will help make sure you don't miss out (64-159 kb PDF).

Want to talk to someone?

Your C&K Careers school or college careers adviser can help and advise you – get in touch with the careers team in school.

Or ring 01484 225500 and ask for Infoline; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; use our Infoline feedback form; Text: Info, followed by your message to 07786 202804

Get in touch with your nearest centre:

Page updated September 2017

Are you a child who is looked after or a care leaver?

young personNeed extra support?

Our careers advisers are here to help

Some of them specialise in supporting children and young people in residential care, foster care or who are leaving care.

If you are in care or leaving care and you're under 18, you will have a 'responsible adult' working with you, such as a social worker or a leaving care personal adviser. They may put you in touch with one of our specialist careers advisers but you can also get in touch with us yourself, you don't have to wait for them to do it for you.

We will help you make plans about your future and when there are changes going on in your life to:

  • work out the support you need
  • get an apprenticeship, job with training or get into further education, with extra support if you need it
  • sort out problems in college, work or training

As a care leaver I don't have parents to support and motivate me. But, I do have my careers adviser with me every step of the way. She is amazing.
Care leaver, Calderdale and Kirklees area.

Live in Calderdale?

If you are aged between 16 and 25, Melissa or one of the advisers working in our Halifax Careers Centre can help and suppot you - ring 01484 225500 and ask for Halifax Centre.

Live in Kirklees?

Richard supports young people in residential care or independent living up to the age of 21 and Susan and Kirsty work in schools and colleges across Kirklees. Ring 01484 225500 to be put in touch with them.

Want to talk to someone?

One of our C&K Careers advisers who works with children who are looked after and care leavers or the careers adviser in your school or college can help and advise you – get in touch.

Ring 01484 225500 and ask for your adviser or Infoline, our telephone helpline, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; use our Infoline feedback form; Text: Info, followed by your message to 07786 202804

Get in touch with your nearest centre:

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Thinking and planning for your future?

Young person planning for the futureNeed to get started?

There's lots of information to help you think about your future and get planning – check out our Year 10 calendar and Year 11 calendar (64-159 kb PDF).

Parents, friends, teachers can offer advice and ideas but do some research yourself. Every year we produce a list of School and college open events and application closing dates 2017/18 aimed at Year 11 but some Year 10 students go along too
(62kb PDF) updated October 2017.

Use JED to explore jobs and careers and visit your school or college careers resource area. If you're going on work experience, choose your placement carefully.

Remember a part-time job or voluntary work in Calderdale or Kirklees is useful experience too. 

  • Login and search careersinfo logo for our guides to:

Get Organised 2018Get organised 2018: a guide to your post-16 options
 

Get Ahead 2018
Get Ahead - career and learning options at Entry level and Level 1
 

Raising the Participation Age means you must now stay in training or learning until you are 18t. This means you can choose:

  • full-time learning in a school sixth form, sixth form college, further education college or with a training provider
  • an apprenticeship, traineeship, supported internship or training
  • full-time work or volunteering for 20 hours or more AND part-time accredited study.

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Video

Martin

Martin from the Textile Centre of Excellence talks to Lorna about what employers are looking for or read it (346kb PDF). See the full interview with Martin, as well as other videos on our YouTube Channel.

 

Want to talk to someone?

Your C&K Careers school or college careers adviser can help and advise you – get in touch with the careers team in school.

Or ring 01484 225500 and ask for Infoline; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; use our Infoline feedback form; Text: Info, followed by your message to 07786 202804

Get in touch with your nearest centre:


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Work experience

Students on work experienceHelps you find out how work is different from school

During Year 10 or Year 11 your school may offer you the chance to go on work experience. A part-time job or voluntary work are also good ways to get some work experience.

Why go on work experience? Well it...

  • gives you the chance to find out how a local company works
  • helps you think about your future
  • develops new skills and
  • lets you see see how you cope and learn to adapt to being in an adult environment
  • could help you sample the type of work you're thinking of but whatever work experience you do will help
  • shows you the difference between work and education
  • looks great on your CV and you may get a reference

Employers really value work experience

Find out all you need to know before you go, read:

What you need to know about Work Experience a guide for studentsWhat you need to know about work experience - a guide for students - view online (360kb SWF) or print (223kb PDF)



When and how does it happen?

Most schools offer work experience in Year 10 or Year 11, some organise it for older students aged between 16 and 19. It usually takes place over one or two weeks during the school year. A few schools arrange work experience one day a week. 

Student on the Nexus in School programmeIf you're aged aged 16 to 24 and have an EHC (Education, Health and Care) plan, you may be able to do a supported internship or join Nexus-in-School, the extended work experience programme for Year 11 students who are in school but would benefit from more practical work-related learning alongside studying a reduced number of GCSEs. For more information contact Nathaniel on 01484 225500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our work experience team supports and organises work experience for many local schools. The team visits placements for the students of these schools to make sure they are safe and suitable. We will ask you to fill in an application form, so it gives you experience of applying for work. And it tells us a litlle about you and your interests. Not all schools offer work experience, so ask your school.

Who decides where you go?

As far as possible you do. We have a list of placements for you to choose from but you can also find your own. If you find a placement, it will need to go through our checks to make sure you are safe and have a good experience. Check out the Young Workers website to find out more about going on work experience and staying safe. Placements outside Calderdale and Kirklees will need checking out by an agency in that area - they may charge you for this service. The law also says what young people can and can't do at workIf you can't find a placement, we will try and find one that best matches what you asked for on your application form, so you at least get to find out what full-time work is like.

 
 

Video

Courtney and Josh

Find out how Courtney and Josh found work experience a useful part of their summer internship, helping them gain the confidence and skills they need for their future career plans or read it (68kb PDF). The internship was run by C&K Careers, on behalf of North Area Council, Barnsley.

Contact your careers adviser in school to find out more...

...or ring 01484 225500

Page updated November 2017

Choosing your options

Student choosing optionsYour school will ask you to choose the subjects you'll study in Year 10 and Year 11...

...during Year 8 or Year 9

There's lots of support and information to help you choose - tell us what you think about Directions 2018 - our options booklet

At your school's option choice evening your:

    • teachers will tell you about the qualifications on offer, what they cover and how you will be examined
    • school careers adviser from C&K Careers will also be there to explain how your choices can affect your future career plans

Remember:

              • Most jobs want some GCSEs but don't ask for specific GCSEs or other qualifications. Some ask for English, maths and sometimes science but you have to study these anyway.
              • Choose subjects you enjoy and do well in, think about new subjects and the importance of each to your career ideas.
              • Think about the type of person you are, rather than what your friends want to do, the teachers you like or whether you are a boy or girl.
              • Think about how you like to learn, exams or coursework
              • Do your research – into qualifications and careers.
              • Not all GCSE subjects will be offered by your school but most will.

The Government is encouraging more young people to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects because they will give you the skills you need for a wide range of jobs but remember it's important to make sure you choose a course or subjects that you like and are good at. Check out the Your Life website to see the careers available when you study science and maths.

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                • Login and search careersinfo logo for information on subjects, your career ideas and Directions, our Year 8 and Year 9 workbook:
Directions 2018


Directions - choosing your options in Year 8 and 9, including the things you need to think about. 

 



Page updated November 2017

Our careers advisers are based at:

Head Office
C & K Careers Ltd
78 John William Street
Huddersfield
HD1 1EH

T: 01484 225500
F: 08724 464511
Text: Info, followed by your message to 07786 202804