Year 12/13 student
Year 12 and 13 is when students begin studying subjects in greater depth...
...they have more freedom to develop their learning and try new spare time interests but this means they need to be well organised and motivated to work independently.
If they do think they've made a wrong choice, get them to speak to a careers adviser before they decide to leave.
They will soon need to make decisions about what they want to do next:
- higher education – they need to start looking at courses in the summer term of Year 12
- apprenticeship or job with training* – whether after Year 12 or Year 13, they need to start thinking about this option sooner than they think, in the autumn term
- studying part-time while doing something else, such as a job, running their own business or voluntary work.*
*Important: Young people have to stay in learning until they are 18, due to the Government Raising the Participation Age (RPA). RPA is about making sure young people develop the skills employers need to compete in a global economy.
Careers advisers from C&K Careers work in most Calderdale and Kirklees schools and colleges. Advisers:
- see students individually on request
- help and advice with applications for further and higher education, jobs/apprenticeships and training
- offer help with job search.
- talking to them about their ideas and their study progress – research suggests parents and carers are the single biggest influence on young people's career choices
- helping them consider what each option means, so they choose the route that best suites their skills and their future plans
- encouraging them to work hard to get the best exam results they can, this will increase their choices.
You can help too by:
Important: universities, colleges and employers start recruiting earlier than you think, a few before Christmas but many from January onwards - check with the school careers adviser.
Parents and carers of students on advanced Level 3 courses, who are considering higher education, will get a copy of our guide to HE usually at events or through the careers adviser
Unifacts for parents and carers - entry 2018 - a guide for parents and carers on university, other HE institutions and applying - published March 2017
Unifaqs - entry 2018 frequently asked questions about higher education - published March 2017
Jobfaqs - entry level 3 leavers - Updated November 2016
Want to talk to someone?
Get in touch with your nearest centre:
Page updated September 2017