The Careers Service offers information, advice and guidance, around post 16 opportunties, to young people in education, employment and training. The service is aimed at 13-19 year olds (up to 25 for those young people with Special Educational Needs). However, we are starting to work more closely with younger pupils in support of their post 16 planning.

The Careers Advisor Elisabeth Waldron is available to students Monday and Tuesday all day room F12 in the LRC.

What Options do I have?:

Vocational Learning –BTEC Diplomas

  • This is a mixture of hands on learning, classroom learning and work experience
  • You are assessed through course work and exams
  • Courses directly relate to a career are like childcare, social care, I.T., hospitality and public services
  • There are different kinds of Diploma (level 1,2 and 3) depending on your GCSE results.

Academic –A Levels

  • Are more classroom and exam based and you usually choose 3 or 4 subjects
  • Most are now Linear and you study for 2 years before taking you’re A level exam
  • You can choose subjects that you did at GCSE or you could choose different subjects that you have not done before like law, psychology and sociology
  • To get onto most A Level courses you will need to achieve 5 GCSE’s at grade A* – C (grades 9-4) including Maths and English. Some colleges may ask for B(5) grades so check individual college entry requirements


  • This type of learning involves on the job practical training
  • You would usually go to college or a training provider one day a week then work 4 days a week with a company
  • You can do an apprenticeship in many career areas to find out more look on the apprenticeship web site:-
  • You may have to find your work placement yourself and competition for vacancies is high so you will need a backup option such as a full time college course, a study program or a traineeship


  • If you are ready for an apprenticeship but may benefit from some work experiences to help you secure a placement, a traineeship may be suitable

Study Programme

  • Designed to help you to improve your skills to be ready for a traineeship or apprentice


Please feel free to come along and discuss these options. Below are some links you may find useful.



Useful Careers Information

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