Post 16 Information and Advice

Please find a link below for the Decisionz magazine.  This starts the process of asking students to take a look at their post 16 options.  It seems early, but, most places are secured before Christmas for entry the September afterwards.  Colleges will have open events (this year, mainly online) and students will be encouraged to apply early.  If courses are limited, for example in fields such as A level Law or Public Services qualifications, it is really important that students start to investigate their potential options and secure a place as soon as they can – we don’t want anyone to miss out!

Please use the magazine as a starting point – it will help to start the thinking off.  In the coming weeks and months, we will talk to students more about what they can do, and encourage them to apply as soon as they practically can.  Careers appointments are now being scheduled and Year 11 will get an opportunity to meet with an advisor in the coming months, but it must be stressed that those appointments are at their most useful when people arrive with some ideas as to what they might like to consider.’

Decisionz Magazine


During this time of home learning, the DANCOP Outreach team at West Nottinghamshire College has provided learners with a range of activities that can help prepare them for the transition to Post 16 learning. This online programme of activities will allow you access to the online versions of a variety of workshops and assemblies. These workshops and assemblies can help prepare you for the next steps in your education, whether that is at a sixth form, college or apprenticeship.

To access these resources please open the PDF and follow the instructions.

Online Programme of Activities 

If you would like more information on stepping up to A levels, subjects at Swanwick Hall Sixth Form have supplied information to help students take the step up to A Level. This information can be found on the link below

I hope you find these resources useful and enjoyable. 

Post 16 Options

Please find below some information regarding options, specifically Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship – this route involves working full time and receiving training to gain your qualifications on-the-job. You have to be really proactive about applying for apprenticeship vacancies. You can do further research into this route and look for vacancies on this website;

College course – this route involves attending college for at least 3-4 days per week. College courses are very practical, and theory work is taught alongside the practical work. There is a lot of choice offered by your local colleges, and courses are offered at every academic level.

Training provider – these are smaller than colleges, with smaller groups. There are various training providers in your local area that offer full time courses in various sectors including construction.

Attached is a document which gives information on how to apply for apprenticeships. You will need to create an account on the website and start to fill in the information required for an application.

The colleges also have apprenticeship departments within them and you can register with the apprenticeship service at Vision Apprentices .

Below are some websites which you can have a look at for more information:

If you has any queries or would like any help with applications, please do not hesitate to contact our school Career Advisor

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