Year 11 student
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:
- staying in full-time learning either in a school sixth form, sixth form college, further education college or with a training provider*
- training, such as an apprenticeship, traineeship, supported internship*
- full-time work or volunteering for 20 hours or more AND part-time study leading to a qualification.*
*Important: Young people in Year 11 have to stay in learning until they are 18, due to the Government Raising the Participation Age (RPA) - IMPORTANT: check this link to find out more about when your child can leave school and start an apprenticeship or training. RPA is about making sure young people develop the skills employers need to compete in a world economy.
Careers advisers from C&K Careers work in most Calderdale and Kirklees schools and colleges. Advisers:
- see students individually or in groups. Offer drop-in sessions over break or lunchtimes and attend school parents evenings
- help with applications for full-time courses, jobs/apprenticeships and training
- offer help with job search.
You can help too by:
- talking to them about their ideas and their study progress – according to research, parents and carers are the single biggest influence on young people's career choices
- helping them consider what each option means, so they choose the route that best suites their skills, interests and their future plans
- encouraging them to work hard to get the best exam results they can, this will increase their choices.
Important: sixth forms, colleges and employers start recruiting earlier than you think, a few before Christmas but many from January onwards - check with the school careers adviser.
Parents and carers of students choosing their courses after Year 11 will get a copy of our guide to career and learning options at 16 at events or on request through the school or college's careers adviser
Decisions 2021 - a guide for parents and carers to post-16 options
Get Organised 2021 - a guide to your post-16 options
Get Ahead 2021 - post-16 options at entry level and level 1
Need to contact us?
Get in touch with the careers team in school
- Ring 01484 242000 and ask for your son or daughter's careers adviser by name
You can also talk to one of our careers advisers via our Chat service:
It's open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Ring 01484 213856
Look out for our Facebook Messenger
Get in touch with your nearest centre:
Page updated February 2020