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Year 11 student

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Year 11 is when students must make some important decisions ...

... about their options after Year 11, while completing their course work and taking final exams.

They must decide between:

  • staying in full-time learning either in a school sixth form, sixth form college, further education college or with a training provider*
  • training, such as an apprenticeship, traineeship, supported internship*
  • full-time work or volunteering for 20 hours or more AND part-time study leading to a qualification.*

*Important: Young people in Year 11 have to stay in learning until they are 18, due to the Government Raising the Participation Age (RPA) - IMPORTANT: check this link to find out more about when your child can leave school and start an apprenticeship or training. RPA is about making sure young people develop the skills employers need to compete in a world economy.

Careers advice

Careers advisers from C&K Careers work in most Calderdale and Kirklees schools and colleges. Advisers:

  • see students individually or in groups. Offer drop-in sessions over break or lunchtimes and attend school parents evenings
  • help with applications for full-time courses, jobs/apprenticeships and training
  • offer help with job search.

You can help too by:

  • talking to them about their ideas and their study progress – according to research, 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, interests and their future plans
  • encouraging them to work hard to get the best exam results they can, this will increase their choices.

Important: sixth forms, colleges and employers start recruiting earlier than you think, a few before Christmas but many from January onwards - check with the school careers adviser.

Careers information

Parents and carers of students choosing their courses after Year 11 will get a copy of our guide to career and learning options at 16 at events or on request through the school or college's careers adviser 

Decisions 2021 front cover

Decisions 2021 - a guide for parents and carers to post-16 options


Where appropriate, students get their own copy of one of the following booklets. They will also be given a login to search careersinfo logo for information:

Get Organised 2021 front cover 
  Get Organised 2021 - a guide to your post-16 options

Get Ahead 2021 front cover  Get Ahead 2021 - post-16 options at entry level and level 1


Need to contact us?

Get in touch with the careers team in school 


  • Ring 01484 242000 and ask for your son or daughter's careers adviser by name

You can also talk to one of our careers advisers via our Chat service:

It's open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

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Get in touch with your nearest centre:

Page updated February 2020

Our careers advisers are based at:

Head Office
Huddersfield Careers Centre
24 High Street

T: 01484 242000 - general enquiries

T: 01484 213856 - Chat service, speak to a careers adviser