Post 16 application information for Year 11s
It’s your future and it's your choice: you need to stay in education or training after you're 16, but how you do this is up to you. There are lots of options and you need to pick the one that will help you get the future you want. The KCC site explains these options
The information below gives you a timeline for applying to schools, colleges and apprenticeships. All school and college applications are made using an online application system called UCAS Progress accessed through the KentChoices4u site
- Each student will log on to the system in November with a username and password. During the Autumn term, in dedicated tutor times, students will create a profile and apply for courses with the assistance of tutors, Mrs Rooke (the Careers Advisor) and Mr Beaman (the Assistant Head teacher, Supporting Succession). Students MUST apply for a first choice and second choice place, and the second choice must require lower entry grades than the 1st choice
- All year 11s will have an opportunity to meet one-to-one with the careers advisor during the year
- Students should look at the websites of schools and colleges to see course details and see when their information evenings are. STS’s is in November, where we will be on hand to advise students and parents on the broader application process
- Those applying for STS’s 6th form or the Football Academy need to apply by Christmas as interviews are held in January
- In term 2 and 3 there will be a more rounds of dedicated lessons where students can do any additional research and apply for courses. Institutions will want to know predicted GCSE results and the mock exams will be the basis for this
- There are plenty of tools on the useful links section on the careers page of the school website to help students with their own independent research, including “Start”, where students can gain careers ideas if they are unsure as to what direction to go in
- Interviews and more open events take place in Jan to March
- It is advisable for students interested in an apprenticeship to apply for an appropriate college course by this time as an alternative educational route
- In March students have to go back online to check their applications and to order them in preference 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice
- We advise students to use their own time to research and make applications, as well as the dedicated lessons and tutor times
Course Level Guide
Post 16 courses are available at different levels. Please see the table below for a description of the levels as well as information on the entry requirements for each level. It is vital to know this information to ensure you apply for the right course.
|COURSE LEVEL||COURSE DESCRIPTION||WHAT DO YOU NEED?||QUALIFICATION|
|Level 3||2 year programmes of study designed to prepare you for university (Level 4 course) or employment||5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Maths||A levels/BTEC Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma, NVQ/VRQ 3, Access to Higher Education Courses|
|Level 2||1 year course designed to prepare you for a Level 3 course or employment||4 GCSEs at grade 3||GCSEs, BTEC Certificate, Extended Certificate & Diploma, NVQ/VRQ 2|
|Level 1||1 year course designed to give you a detailed understanding of a particular subject. Excellent for entering a specialist area without any previous experience||2-1 grades in GCSEs||BTEC Introductory Certificate, Award & Diploma, NVQ/VRQ 1|
|Entry Level||1 year course that will give you the chance of progressing to a higher level qualification on completion||No formal qualifications required||Certificate of achievement|
If required, Maths and English can be studied alongside Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 courses
Please find in this link a list of open days and application deadlines for local sixth forms. Please go to each school’s website for more information including the entry requirements.
Please find below the websites for local further education colleges which many students from STS continue on to post 16:
Please log on to this website and create an account, to apply for any of the opportunities advertised.
If you want gain extra skills and experience before obtaining an apprenticeship or a job with training consider a traineeship with a company such as Middleton Murray and Kent Training & Apprenticeships.
Other traineeships across Kent can be found on the Ready to Work Kent site