Sixth form colleges

Age 16 18 048A sixth form college is for young people between the ages of 16 and 19

Young people can attend sixth form college after they have completed year 11 at school

At some sixth form colleges students only study A levels, others offer a mix of qualifications, such as A levels, BTECs and GCSEs, and applied A levels. There is one sixth form college in Calderdale and two in Kirklees.

For:

  • A levels and BTEC level 3, students usually need a range of GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 or A*-C to get a place
  • Level 2 courses, such as GCSEs and BTECs, usually require a range of GCSEs at 9-3 or A*-D
  • Level 1 courses a range of GCSEs at 2-1 or E-F are required. Check the courses offered and entry requirements with individual colleges.

See the right of this page for a list of sixth forms and colleges in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Need to contact us?

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

Or:

  • Ring 01484 225500 and ask for your careers adviser by name or press '0' to speak to someone who can help
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Get in touch with your nearest centre:

Page updated July 2017

 

Personalised learning

Group of students in trainingPersonalised learning is an individual programme of learning

It's offered by a specialist training provider or a college

A range of opportunities and activities are put together for the student and one or more organisations could be involved in delivering the learning.

The C&K Careers' booklet called 'What Next?' - a copy is avalable on this page - provides information about formal and informal learning opportunities for students with complex needs who are leaving school at 19 years of age within Kirklees (it is hoped that a Calderdale version will be made available).

Need to contact us?

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

Or:

  • Ring 01484 225500 and ask for your careers adviser by name or press '0' to speak to someone who can help
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Get in touch with your nearest centre:

Page updated July 2017

 

Training providers

A group of construction learners at a training providerTraining providers offer a range of training opportunities

These training courses usually lead to vocational (job-related) qualifications

They also include the chance to improve your English and maths, sometimes called functional skills. Some offer a range of work areas from which to choose, others specialise in training for one or two work areas. Many offer apprenticeships, some also offer traineeships both of which will include working on employer's premises. 

A few specialise in pre-entry courses for students who, for a range of reasons, are not yet ready to decide what work sector they want to do or who may not be ready to go out on an extended placement with an employer.

Some training providers also offer full-time vocational courses leading to a qualification, mainly at Level 1, although a few also offer Levels 2 and 3. The courses may start at different times of year.

Need to contact us?

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

Or:

  • Ring 01484 225500 and ask for your careers adviser by name or press '0' to speak to someone who can help
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Get in touch with your nearest centre:

Page updated July 2017

 

Year 13 thinking of employment

Thinking about employmentComing to the end of your A level or BTEC diploma course and not sure university is for you?

Find out about your options, talk to your careers adviser.

  • Login and search careersinfo logo for information on your ideas, check out Job trends for info on skills needed and facts about the job market, and take a look at Jobfaqs, our guide to finding a job or training for AS, A level and BTEC Level 3 leavers:

JobFAQs 2018Jobfaqs - a guide to job hunting for level 3 leavers - NEW November 2017
 

 

Video

Adam

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
Adam recently won the Lord Barnby Award for the most promising young person employed in the West Yorkshire textile industry, presented on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen by the Textile Centre of Excellence.

Case Study

CharlotteCharlotte

Charlotte explains why she took the higher apprenticeship route - read what she has to say (76kb PDF). Check out what other local apprentices think too

 Timing is important. Not sure when to start?

Our Year 13 'considering employment' calendar will help you start planning and make sure you don't miss out (68kb PDF).

IMPORTANT! If you are thinking about leaving school/college, see your careers adviser first.

Need to contact us?

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

Or:

  • Ring 01484 225500 and ask for your careers adviser by name or press '0' to speak to someone who can help
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Page updated March 2018

Year 13 thinking of HE

Year 13 student thinking about HEDeciding on a course at university or college?

Think about the ...

    • skills and abilities you want to achieve

    • exam results you are likely to get

    • distance that you are prepared to travel and the cost of living there.

Need to find out more about what higher education involves, how long it lasts, the qualifications you'll need, where you can go and how to apply?

 

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Student finance explained

NB best viewed using Google Chrome

Check out other videos from Student Finance

Search

    • Login and search careersinfo logo for our guide:

 UniFAQs 2019Unifaqs - entry 2019 frequently asked questions about higher education - published March 2018
 - it contains information about higher education qualifications, who can go, where you can go, how to choose the right course, finance and how to apply 

  • Visit the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website to see the full range of information on courses, including entry requirements and how to apply. Look in events on UCAS for information about open days

  • Find out about fees, loans and money for study and check out what you are entitled to using the Student Finance Calculator. Check out the web links under More to explore on the right

  • Looking for a scholarship or bursary? Find out who's offering funding

  • Students with special educational needs or disabilities may be able to receive Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs). Advice on higher education for students with disabilities, as well as many other things, is available from the Disabled Students helpline run by Disability Rights UK who also provide an email advice service

  • If you have claimed asylum in the UK, find out about a range of help on the Student Action for Refugees (STAR) website

  • Thinking of science and engineering? Research time in industry before or during your course

  • Most students study full-time but it is possible to study part-time, including learning at home, for example with the Open University

  • Thinking of applying for Oxford and Cambridge - tips on Oxbridge interviews and in this video

Timing is important. Not sure when to start?

 

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Also check out higher and degree apprenticeships

And find out from the National Apprenticeship Service how you can go far 

IMPORTANT! If you are thinking about leaving school/college, see your careers adviser first for advice on all your options

Need to contact us?

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

Or:

  • Ring 01484 225500 and ask for your careers adviser by name or press '0' to speak to someone who can help
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get in touch with your nearest centre:

Page updated March 2018

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