Since the law changed, you have to be ‘in some form of education or training until you are 18’ BUT this includes:
- A sixth form
- A full-time college course
- A part time college course
- An apprenticeship
- A traineeship
- A T Level
(What it doesn’t include is a job that doesn’t include training for any qualifications.) As a result, there are many options available for after your GCSEs.
It is never too early to start thinking about your future. It is sensible to explore more than one option or institution, to work out for yourself, where is best for you, rather than relying on other peoples’ opinions. When looking into different options, there are some questions you should consider:
- If you have studied it before, do you enjoy the subject?
- How is it assessed? (Do you prefer coursework or exam?)
- How does it differ from GCSEs? What topics will you be learning?
- How do your teachers feel you will cope with it? Do they have concerns?
- What have people, who have done this course/apprenticeship before, gone on to do next? What grades did they get?
- Where is it based? Is there help available with the cost of transport?
- Are there any opportunities for work experience?
- What GCSE grades do you need to get on the course/apprenticeship?
- What qualification(s) would you get from doing this?
- Finally, do NOT choose a course simply because it looks good or because your friend is studying it! Choose it for the simple reason that you enjoy it and it could relate to what you want to do in the future.
- For more detail, try some of the sites below, many have their career mapper/planning questionnaire to help you understand what you may be suited for, based on your answers you will get career suggestions that you can explore in more detail or speak to Elaine about in school.
You will be given different opportunities throughout your time at MCHS to explore, meet and visit a variety of different options when you leave at the end of Y11. This includes parents’ evenings. Careers days, college sample days, university visit days, assembly talks and Aspire time support.