Year 11 - Post 16 Options

International Students

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International Website

Until you are 18, you must do one of the following:

  • Stay in full-time education, for example at a college
  • Start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training.

So, consider all of the options in detail and see which suits you best:

  • A Levels – Level 3, 3 two-year courses studying academic subjects with exams
  • T Level – Level 3, 1 two-year work-related course with 20% of the time in a job
  • Applied general qualification – Level 3, 1 work-related course
  • Technical and vocational qualifications – Level 1+, 1-3 work-related course/s
  • Exam retakes – Level 1 & 2, maths and English + some colleges offer more
  • Supported internship – study and work for young people with an EHCP
  • Apprenticeship – Levels 2-7, a job with 20% of the time studying
  • Traineeship - a course of up to 6 months with work experience
  • School leaver scheme – a job with training, often with a large employer.

Have a think about:

  • Do you know what career you would like?
  • Do you have a hobby that could become a career?
  • Which qualifications and experience do you need for that career?
  • How many jobs are there locally at the end of a course/apprenticeship?
  • Which level is right for your predicted grades?
  • What are you best at and enjoy most?
  • Do you prefer practical or classroom lessons?
  • Do you prefer exams or coursework?
  • Do you have an EHCP due to a disability?
  • Are you work ready?
  • Are you ready to work for 30-40 hours a week?

What to avoid:

  • Aiming too high or too low
  • Doing what others want, if it is not right for you
  • Following stereotypes
  • Travelling a long way without good reason
  • Not looking at the course/apprenticeship details
  • Not thinking it through
  • Missing deadlines.

If you need further information, advice and guidance you could:

  • Speak to a Careers Advisor
  • Look on the National Careers Service website
  • Look at the Gov website
  • Look at local college websites and attend any talks or open days
  • Talk to the people who know you about what would suit you best
  • Give it some thought.

Careers information, advice and guidance is available at Loughborough College. 

You can email Sue Mason, the Careers Officer on: and ask for assistance with choosing a career; choosing a course for next year at college, university or another training provider; writing a CV or personal statement; applying for a job or apprenticeship; planning a gap year; or anything else related to your future study or employment.  We are here to help you to progress.


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