Age 15-16

Updated Friday 17 March, 2017 by

When you are in Years 10 & 11 it's time to think about your next steps post-16

The choices that you make in Years 10 and 11, for your next step post-16 are very important because they require you to possibly move to another learning provider like a College or a Training Provider.

Check out the different courses available in and around Doncaster by clicking on Courses.

 Your post-16 Options are;

-          6th Form/college - You can carry on with full-time learning in a school sixth form, sixth form college, FE (further education) college, with a training provider or UTC (university technical college) – search for courses here.  This could be where you are currently learning, but make sure you do your research.

-          Work based learning/employment – apprenticeships, traineeships, study programme. 

-          Part-time education or training whilst running your own business or volunteering. 

Remember you now have to stay in some form of learning until you are 18 years old (this is called Raising the Participation Age (RPA)).

RPA doesn't mean you have to stay on at school after Year 11

You can:

  • Continue in full-time education either sixth form or college.
  • Work for an employer or do an apprenticeship (or training leading to an apprenticeship)
  • Be self employed or take part in voluntary work


  • If you work more than 20 hours per week then you will have to do some part-time quality education or training.
  • Staying in learning and training gives you the best chance of getting a good job, new skills and qualifications

Think about...

-          The subjects you enjoy and do well in, also new subjects that may be on offer and the importance of each to your career ideas.

-          The way you learn; do you like exams, prefer course work and ongoing assessment?

-           The type of person you are, rather than what your friends want to do, the teachers you like or whether you are a boy or girl.

There's lots of information to help you think about your future and get planning, but it’s always important to do your research into qualifications and careers. What results will you need to get to be able to progress?

  • Parents, friends, teachers can offer advice and ideas, but remember it’s your future. Work has changed massively in the last few years and will change a lot more. 
  • Find out (if you don’t already know) who your Careers Adviser is (this may be someone who comes to school one or two days a week or is in school all the time). They are qualified to give independent advice and careers guidance to learners.
  • Visit your school/academy careers resource area. Make sure you research deadlines (such as for popular college courses or apprenticeship opportunities).
  • Look out for post-16 events in your school/academy and also others being held for options you’re interested in (such as college events and apprenticeships sessions).
  • If you're going on work experience, choose your placement carefully. Employers may come to school to give talks, assemblies or be part of your lessons. Be open minded; you may find yourself being interested in something surprising!
  • Have a back-up plan; just in case your first choice doesn’t work out.

Exams and study

Before you can progress in next step, you will need to pass your exams and assessments.

You can survive exam time: everyone does, and you will too! All it takes is time, preparation and knowing what to do and when to do it. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be. When you feel confident, you’ll be less stressed and able to do better in your exams and assessments.

Move On Move Up - Whether you’re a student, parent or teacher, Move On, Move Up! (MoMu) is here to help. New jobs and businesses are being created in the borough, and it’s important that you have the skills and qualifications needed to make the most of these exciting opportunities.

Further Information

The Government is encouraging more young people to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects because they will give you the skills you need for a wide range of jobs. Check out websites like this; to see the vast range of careers available when you study science and maths.