Throughout Key Stage 4 our students will be able to attend work related talks which will focus on specific job roles and the different routes available into that area of employment. These will ensure students are better informed about the world of work.

In addition in Year 11 all students will have the opportunity to discuss their careers/work related options with our Personal Advisor from Connexions.

There are various options open to our students at the moment:

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College Options – A range of courses are available at the local colleges.

A Levels – these are academic and usually involve choosing four subjects to study to a higher level. They are subject based including subjects available at GCSE such as maths, English, history and allow students to study new subjects too such as sociology, psychology, and photography. These are usually assessed by essays and exams. They are a good choice if you want to keep your options open, are not sure what you want to do after college, or, if you know you need specific A Levels for certain university courses.

Vocational Courses – These are full time career related courses for example, engineering, health and social care, business, hairdressing, art and design, public services. They are assessed by a combination of coursework, end of module tests, practical work and assignments. There are BTEC Nationals and NVQ Level 3 courses which are the equivalent of A Levels and can sometimes be mixed with A Levels, Intermediate/ level 2 courses worth 5 x GCSE A-C and Foundation/level 1 courses worth D-G grades.

BTEC National Diplomas = 3 x A level – could not mix with others

BTEC National Certificate = 2 x A level – could take with A levels

BTEC National Award = 1 x A levels – could take with A levels

BTEC First Diploma = 5 x GCSE A-C – cannot mix with others

BTEC Introductory Diploma = GCSE D-G – cannot mix with others

It is a good idea to apply for more than one college to cover yourself in case you don’t get the grades you need at one of them.