Post 16 Options


A Post 16 Options Year 11 Information Evening for parents and carers of students at The Deepings School took place on Thursday November 7 2019, but for those unable to attend we would like to summarise the information provided during this event.

The choices Post 16 are:

  • Continuing to study at a Sixth Form
  • Continuing to study at a College of Further Education
  • Applying for an Apprenticeship – or a similar work based learning programme
  • Applying for a position within the Forces
  • Entering the labour market - although some form of continued training must be attached to the offer of employment to comply with the raising of the participation age
  • New T- Levels (Technical qualifications) are being launched later this year (2020), however local delivery has not yet been confirmed by the Further Education Colleges. A T-Level will be equivalent to three A-Levels.

Deepings students received the same information during a dedicated Post 16 options event on the same day.

External representatives from FE, HE, apprenticeship organisations, local and national employers and the armed forces provided information to students regarding the choices available at the end of Year 11. Students also learned more about the exciting National Citizen Service summer programme, highly recommended, and generously part-subsidised by the DfE.

The information provided by the University enabled students to think about their options Post 18 - as the choices they make at the end of Year 11 may have an impact on future options - and they will also learn more about the current financial implications of continuing on into Higher Education.

All students have access to a range of careers-related resources via their student grid (careers learning apps) the careers library and notice boards and are also directed to specific websites to assist with their career planning and to ensure that guidance is unbiased and impartial. A demonstration of the KUDOS careers programme was also provided by developers Cascaid to all Year 11 students, alongside a presentation about apprenticeships.

The local authority no longer provides free access to an external careers guidance practitioner i.e. the former Connexions service, however all Year 11 students will be interviewed to discuss options, the raising of the participation age and to provide information and advice relating to future pathways, usually by our contracted professional careers adviser Ms Boothby.

Students with additional needs will continue to be supported by our in-house team and will also have support from our external partners.

Students have access to a new work-ready employability skills website via the link below, called Be Ready. It provides information on apprenticeships and micro-learning courses that can be downloaded free of charge.

You can also find some great tips and advice on applying for an apprenticeship via the DfE link below!

Glossary of some useful acronyms:

A LEVEL Advanced Level - two year course (Year 12/Y13)
BTEC Business & Technology Education Council
CEIAG Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
DfE Department for Education
FE Further Education
GCSE General Certificate of Education
HE Higher Education
RPA Raising of the Participation Age
WRL Work Related Learning


For further information about your child's options Post 16 please contact Mrs Taylor, Careers Leader, on 01778 342159 during school hours, or email



Page Downloads Date  
Parents Apprenticeships Guide 02nd Nov 2018 Download
Parents Post 16 information 02nd Nov 2018 Download
Post 16 Options Booklet 2019 20.pdf 18th Jul 2019 Download
ITSYOURCHOICE 2019 20 A4 32pp PDFONLY 06th Nov 2019 Download
National Citizen Service Summer Programm... 06th Nov 2019 Download