• Tips for year 11 pupils returning to school 28 August 2015 | View comments

  • With pupils returning to school for the start of the new academic year, but particularly for year 11 pupils, it is very important to start thinking and planning for your next career destination.

    These options are:

    • 6th Form at existing school or another 6th Form
    • Further Education College
    • Apprenticeship or Traineeship
    • Working or volunteering and studying part-time
    • NEW University Technical College (UTC) and Studio School (They offer academic qualifications and practical activities combined with contributions from businesses and the feel of a workplace. Studio schools use enterprise projects to support learning, while UTCs offer technical education sponsored by a university.)
    • Supported internships for students with learning difficulties or learning disabilities who want to get a job and need exta support to do this.
    • Self-employed and studying part-time


    If you are planning to go into a 6th Form you will need to consider:

    • What subjects you are interested in
    • What subjects you do well in
    • What subjects will help you pursue your chosen career

    If you are unsure, keep your options open by choosing a range of subjects and talk to a Careers Adviser.

    It is important to look for the general entry requirements for your chosen 6th Form as each school and each subject will have their own entry requirements.

    Also, consider what extra-curricular activities the 6th Form has to offer.

    Research 6th Forms before making an application and find out when each school is holding their Open Evenings/Days. Most of them tend to be held early in the Autumn Term. At these events, talk to teachers and, if possible, talk to current year 12 and year 13 pupils.

    A useful website to help with research is www.ucasprogress.com.  Read all the information from the school and check application deadlines.

    Finally, it is advisable to have a back-up plan just in case.


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