Careers: Learner Area

Post 16 Pathways and Progression

All young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age. Young people have the following choices at the end of year 11:

  • Full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education of training
  • An apprenticeship
  • A traineeship

As part of our careers programme, year 11 students are provided with a one to one guidance interview with a qualified careers advisor. Parent/Carers are welcome to have a discussion with our careers advisor about their child’s post 16 pathway.

For more information on different career pathways click on the PDF link below

Useful links


Grofar is a complete toolkit to support our careers service delivery within school.

Grofar will provide a range of web-based tools to assist students in their journey through school and towards career choices. These includes tools such as:

  • Careers Action Planning
  • Research tools
  • Careers diary and events
  • Skills profiling

All of these tools are housed on the internet and can be accessed from any internet-connected computer or mobile with a web-browser.

Full Webinar

Part 1 – How to Log in

Part 2 – Navigating the Student Portal

Part 3 – Completing an Assignment


The National Career Service

This is a free service for both young people and adults. Young people aged 13 and over can use the service to find information about jobs and courses, as well as requesting 1:1 support from a qualified Adviser by ringing the helpline, emailing, texting or requesting a web chat. Call 0800 100 900 or log on to the website


Icould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

The National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service website offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship including current local apprenticeship opportunities.


Find a traineeship website offers support on applying for current local traineeship opportunities

Not going to Uni

Not going to Uni is now the UK’s leading website dedicated to helping school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs. However, they are not anti-uni.




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