Post 16 Options

We aspire to enable all our students to access the most appropriate and correct level of learning for them when choosing their Post 16 pathway which will support their careers and ambitions. We actively work with all our young people to intervene and support them securing a positive destinations in all Midland Academies Trust schools.

What are some of the Post 16 options in our area?

  • A Sixth Form College
    These do have entry requirements and generally offer a range of A Level and in some cases BTEC qualifications. You would normally choose between 3 and 4 subjects to study over a two year period.  
  • Further Education Colleges
    Further Education Colleges generally offer specialist and vocational courses and qualifications. These qualifications can take you to university or into apprenticeships and employment. Further Education Colleges offer a wide range of courses at a variety of levels. Subjects can include Computing and Information Technology, Health and Social Care, Engineering, Hospitality and Catering, Sport and many more. Check your local Further Education College for more information.
  • Apprenticeships
    Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job whilst studying for a qualification. Apprenticeships are offered at different levels and in a wide variety of employment areas. As an apprenticeship you will work alongside experienced staff, gain job specific skills, earn a wage and get the opportunity to study to ensure you get a relevant qualification.
  • Traineeships
    A traineeship is the time spent learning a job (or vocation) under a supervisor. You can do a traineeship in just about any workplace, for example in a shop, a fast food outlet or office.
    Traineeship qualifications range from Certificate II up to Advanced Diploma. As a trainee, you and your employer will have a legal agreement called a training contract. This lasts until you have completed your training and both you and your employer agree you are competent.
  • Employment
    You are able to spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.

For more information on local Post 16 providers please contact

Other links can also be found on the Labour Market Information section on this website.

Raising Participation Age (RPA)

This means that all young people are encouraged to stay in ‘education and training’ until the age of 18 years old and was introduced in government legislation 2013.

This does not mean that young people have to remain at school but rather they will have a variety of education and training opportunities to consider. These opportunities will form part of their Careers guidance during school.

Pupils must do one of the post 16 options mentioned above until they are 18. The advantages of this is that young people continue to develop their skills and continue to study this in turn will help them to be better equipped to enter employment and manage their own careers.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available to support young people most in need and who are entering education or training.

For more information contact: