FOR YEAR 11 PUPILS

What are my options after I have completed my GCSEs?

You must stay in education, employment or training until you are 18 years of age. Your options include 

  • Sixth Form (in your current academy or an alternative school)
  • College
  • Apprenticeship
  • Employment with accredited training 
  • Voluntary work with accredited training 
  • Developing a business (while being in education or training)
When do I need to decide what I want to do after my GCSEs?
  • It is important that you research your options and ask questions to ensure that you are making an informed choice. You should be starting to consolidate your ideas before or at the beginning of Year 11. 
  • You are advised to make your academy/school/college applications by Christmas/New Year. If you are unsure, please ask for help and support. You should have a first choice but also have back up choices.
  • For apprenticeships, the time to apply varies as it depends on when the recruiters and companies will advertise. A general guide is to begin looking from January of Year 11 onwards. 
  • You can make more than one application and then you can make your final decision on GCSE results day.  
I am unsure what I want to do, where do I start?

It is important you research all your options and this website will help you. Start by clicking here

Also start to think about what subjects you enjoy and why. If you have an area of interest could this lead to a possible career path? Maybe you have a hobby or interest which you could explore as a possible career path.

Access open events to learn more about the different establishments. It is expected that this year these will be virtual, so it is important that you look at academy/school or college websites on a regular basis. You might need to book a place on an open event for some institutions.

What information do I need when I make my applications?

This depends on what and to whom you are applying. However, you will need to know your predicted grades as you will be asked this information when you make any application. Speak to your teachers as they will be able to help you. 

Other things to consider include any previous work experience, voluntary work and career aspirations. You may also be asked for a personal statement about yourself and why you are applying for a particular course or academy/school/college. 

I am interested in applying for sixth form. What do I do now?

You should speak to your teachers and look at your academy website or school websites for more details. Academies/schools will have open evenings which might be virtual but you must check to see how these will be conducted for the academy/school (s) you are considering.

I want to go to sixth form. How do I apply?
  • Kent pupils should either use the KentChoices website or apply via the individual institution’s website.
  • For Greenwich pupils here is a list of places you can apply to. Please contact each institution you are interested in to find out how to apply.
  • Medway pupils should apply via the individual institution’s website.

For all applications please check the closing date and the institution’s entry requirements. Sixth forms will have varying application processes and deadlines so  you will need to check with the institution you are applying to as to how they want you to apply and when. 

What is involved in the application process?

Once you have applied for a sixth form  or college place, you would usually get an email, text or letter confirming your application. Following this, most institutions like to interview an applicant to check they are suitable for the course and the course is suitable for them.

The interview would be followed by a “conditional offer” (meaning an acceptance depending on the grades you achieve), an “unconditional offer” (meaning you have been accepted regardless of the grades you achieve) or an explanation of why the course may not be suitable for you at this time. 

You can accept all your offers and then you make your final decision on results day. 

I am interested in applying for college. What do I do now?

Colleges will have open evenings which might be virtual but you must check via  college websites to see how these will be conducted.

I want to go to college. How do I apply?
  • Kent pupils should either use the KentChoices website or apply via the individual institution’s website.
  • For Greenwich pupils here is a list of places you can apply to. Please contact each institution you are interested in to find out how to apply.
  • Medway pupils should apply via the individual institution’s website. 

Remember to check the entry requirements for the course of your choice. It is sometimes worth applying for the higher and lower level courses as a back-up plan. Sometimes it is worth applying for more than one course so you have a back up plan.

I want an apprenticeship. How do I apply?

To apply for an apprenticeship, have a look at the national apprenticeship website for more information and vacancies.

Please bear in mind that recruitment for a number of employers may be on hold due to COVID-19. Alternatively, they may adapt the way they recruit, so you may not receive an immediate response.

Please also check the Apprenticeship page on his website under your key stage link.

Need information, advice and guidance on your options after Year 11?

The team is here to help you with the following:

  • Individual support
  • Identifying career pathways
  • Support with applications for college, apprenticeships, etc.

Contact our Careers Team here.

FOR YEAR 13 PUPILS

I want an apprenticeship. How do I apply?

To apply for an apprenticeship, have a look at the national apprenticeship website for more information and vacancies.

Please bear in mind that recruitment for a number of employers may be on hold due to COVID-19. Alternatively, they may adapt the way they recruit, so you may not receive an immediate response.

Please also check the Apprenticeship page on this website under your key stage link.

Need information, advice and guidance on your options after Year 13?

The team is here to help you with the following:

  • Individual support
  • Identifying career pathways
  • University support
  • Support with applications for apprenticeships, etc

Please contact our Careers Team.

general information

What are the different course levels?

When considering your options you need to be aware of the different course levels, as shown below:

Level 1 – equivalent to GCSE grades 1-3
Level 2 – equivalent to GCSE grades 4-9
Level 3 – equivalent to A-Levels
Level 4-6 – equivalent to degree
Level 7-8 – postgraduate study (Masters and PhD)