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Year 12/13 student

Year 12 and 13 is when students begin studying subjects in greater depth ...Year 12 13student

... 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 at least by 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 in the autumn term, sooner than they think

  • 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.

Check out the young people pages for Year 12 one year Level 1 and 2 courses or two year Level 3 courses, Year 13 considering higher education or employment.

Careers advice

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

Careers information

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:

UniFAQs 2022 local web CK UniFAQS - entry 2022 frequently asked questions about higher education - published March 2021

UniFAQs 2021 cover UniFAQS - entry 2021 frequently asked questions about higher education - published March 2020


JobFAQs 2021 front cover
JobFAQS 2021 - a guide to job hunting for level 3 leavers

You can help too by:

  • 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.

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

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 October 2019

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