Post 16 Applications

Young people have to remain in some form of recognised education until their 18th birthday; this could be sixth form, further education, apprenticeship or part-time education (working towards a nationally recognised qualification) plus either work, volunteering or being self-employed for 20 hours or more a week.

Whatever students decide to do their applications have to be made via the UCAS Progress website (please do not create your own profile, we will do this for you). The UCAS Progress website allows students to search for education providers and courses. It also provides a wide range of helpful information that will help in making an application and provide support when considering career options. In the autumn term students will receive support in making their decisions and with their applications. As part of the application students will need to write a personal statement, they will receive help with this and be able to use their Portfolio of Achievement as a guide as to what should be included.

Before applying it is well worth visiting sixth forms/colleges of interest to ensure that these are places that they want to study. Look around and keep an open mind, don’t just follow friends!

Before attending open days think of questions you may want to have answered:

  • Are there any entry requirements for courses?
  • What is covered in the course?
  • How much teaching do you receive?
  • What are the facilities like?
  • Do student’s current students feel well supported?
  • Where do students who study these a course go onto?
  • What else does the school/college offer beyond the academic curriculum?
  • How easy is it to get to the school/college?

After an application students may receive a direct offer from a school/college or may be invited to an interview or open day.

Maths and English

If you have not achieved a grade 4 in English or Maths you need to continue to study these subjects post 16 until you either achieve a Level 2 qualification in these subjects at grade 4 or reach the age of 18.

Looking Ahead

For those with a clear idea their career path it is very important they look ahead at where they want to be after school/college education is completed. Some universities and courses have very specific entry requirements. It is important to ensure you choose the correct post 16 courses to ensure these remain accessible. Some courses also have extra requirements such as work experience or volunteering that it may be necessary to start planning. The sooner that you can get started the easier you will find it and the better your application will look.

Useful Dates

UCAS Progress applications open 3rd October

Different schools/colleges have different deadlines for applications – make sure you know when they are!

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