Options after Year 11?
Before 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 at least your 18th birthday.
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:
- Full-time learning in a school sixth form, sixth form college, FE (further education) college, with a training provider or UTC (university technical college) – search for courses in UCAS Progress and look at general information on qualifications
- Employment such as an apprenticeship, training leading to an apprenticeship or a job with training
- Part-time education or training whilst running your own business, working part-time for at least 20 hours or volunteering in Calderdale or Kirklees.
Quick guide to your options after year 11 - in Calderdale and Kirklees (464kb SWF) new edition March 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
Get Organised - career and learning options at 16 - update January 2017
Get Ahead - career and learning options at Entry level and Level 1
Adam talks to Lorna about choosing your options after Year 11. He advises you to think about what suits you and your skills and abilities. Listen to what Adam suggests or read it (141kb PDF). See the full interview with Adam on our YouTube Channel
Timing is important
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.
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Page updated March 2017