Age 15-16

Updated Thursday 26 January, 2017 by

When your son/daughter is in Year 10/11 they need to think about what they want to do at the end of Year 11 and how they will progress post-16.

They may move to another learning provider such as a College or an Employer/Training Provider, depending on the option they pursue.

Year 10 is when students really get started on the exam courses they will follow through to the end of Year 11. This can mean:

  • Meeting new teachers and working with new groups of students.
  • The amount of course work will increase and may include work that takes a number of weeks.

Year 11 is when students must make some important decisions about their options after Year 11 while completing their course work and taking final exams.

They must decide between:

  • full-time learning in a school sixth form, sixth form college or a college of further education*
  • an apprenticeship or training*
  • studying part-time while doing something else, such as a job, running their own business or voluntary work.*

Things you can do to help and support them;

  • Attend Parents Evenings or other events in school.
  • Encourage your son/daughter to research careers and seek advice from their Careers Adviser and teachers.
  • Where possible attend open days at local Colleges and Training Providers to learn about post 16 local opportunities.
  • Look out for activities and local events taking place in National Apprenticeship week (link) – usually the first week in March.
  • Some schools offer work experience in Year 10/11; you may wish to contact the school to understand what work experience opportunities are on offer.
  • Ensure that your son/daughter has completed their application forms to college/school sixth form/apprenticeship opportunities. Remember sixth forms, colleges and employers start recruiting earlier than you think, a few before Christmas but many from January onwards – (check with the providers).
  • Look out for Apprenticeship opportunities here
  • Support them if they have interviews for a chosen course/programme or opportunity.

Talk to them about their ideas; research suggests parents and carers are the single biggest influence on young people's career choices.

Further Information

Your son/daughter’s school have the responsibility to provide access to independent and impartial careers guidance, from years 8 -13, should you wish your son/daughter to access professional careers interview/support contact their school.

*Important: Young people in Year 11 have to stay in learning until their 18th birthday, due to the Government Raising Participation Age (link) RPA is about making sure young people develop the skills employers need to compete in a global economy.