Planning for your Career - Next steps after Chaucer


After you have finished Year 11 at Chaucer, you continue your learning at college, in a school sixth form, or a training provider, or in an apprenticeship with a company.
Continuing to study full time, at college or a school sixth form

Huge range of vocational courses (=related to jobs, employment sectors) such as catering, child care, engineering, sport, health and social care … and many more
https://www.ucasprogress.com/search
You would study ONE vocational course plus GCSE Maths and/or English if you do not get grade 4 or above in Year 11
You would get a qualification such as a BTEC diploma in the vocational sector
Vocational courses are offered at different levels, dependent on the GCSE grades you get at the end of Year 11
You can go to university with a level 3 vocational course, or you could go straight into employment or onto an advanced apprenticeship
A levels where you continue studying subjects you have done at GCSE at a much higher level, or take on a new subject.
https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses
 You would do 3 or 4 subjects at A level, over two years, at college or in a school sixth form
You can go to university with 3 A levels or you could start a job or an apprenticeship
A levels are only offered at level 3, requiring at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, and higher grades may be required for specific subjects
Employment/Training

Train for a skilled career by starting to work for a company, and attending college, or a training centre, or studying while you work for a vocational qualification related to the work.  You are paid on an apprenticeship
Wide range of apprenticeships https://www.ucasprogress.com/search
Training providers are like colleges which support students looking for apprenticeships and provide help with CVs, job search and arrange interviews
Many employers expect students to have or be predicted to achieve grade 4 or above in GCSEs in 5 subjects, including English, Maths and Science if it is a scientific or technical apprenticeship
Traineeships and study programmes are work based programmes where students attend sector-based training centres to learn skills and improve on English and Maths, and gain work experience before moving into an apprenticeship.  You are not paid on a traineeship or study programme but child benefit continues to be paid to your parents.
What to do now?

Start thinking about the career you would like to have. 
Use the JED programme  to try to Big Quiz, look up entry requirements, research careers related to subjects you enjoy
Look at your most recent tracking as this will tell you predicted grades and will help you choose the level of course you can apply for
Find out about after school sessions if you need to improve your predicted grades for the course you want
Use Ucas Progress https://www.ucasprogress.com/search to start searching for courses and training opportunities at local colleges, sixth forms and training providers
Find out when the college and sixth form open evenings are so that you can visit, find out about the courses, talk to tutors and students about what is involved and where the course will lead.
Open Evening Timetable
Vocational Courses Locations
Attend your careers interview in school with the careers adviser to talk over your ideas and start planning
Talk to your parents about your plans
Make sure you attend all the interviews you are invited to – you will only be offered a place at college, sixth form or training if you attend the interviews
What is organised during Year 11 to help you with your plans? 

Have a look at the Careers Timeline and make sure you take up all the opportunities on offer

Attend open evenings
Open Evening Timetable
Vocational Courses Locations 

Attend the Post 16 evening at school on Wednesday 15 November, 4-6 pm when providers from many different training providers and colleges will attend.

Check out specific information on the websites on the careers section of Moodle.  below:  (etc etc)  (NHS, CITB, JED, Ucasprogress, Tomorrows Engineers, Armed Forces, UCAS, NCS Citizen, NCS Careers, apprenticeships site, CareersY&H)