Year 11: Post 16 Options

In 2015 the law changed, meaning all young people must continue in training or learning until their 18th birthday. You may hear this called 'raising the participation age' or ‘RPA’.

So why should they remain in education? 

All young people should have the same opportunity to gain skills and qualifications. Staying longer in education or training makes sure everyone gets the same chance to achieve in whatever they go on to do – whether it’s a job or further study.

Below you will find information on the options available to Year 11 school leavers.  For further information and support please contact Careers Advisor Colette Wedgbrow on


The Following guides will also be useful to parents/carers and students:


A Parents' Guide to Post 16 and Post 18 Options


Year 11 Post Year 11 guide


Students options

There are so many options available to young people who are approaching the end of secondary education.

Sixth Form College Apprenticeship Traineeship

Most Sixth Forms offer just A Levels whilst others offer both A Levels and BTECs or provide a Combined Pathway.*

Most colleges offer BTECs, however some also offer A Levels.

The most common colleges for our students to attend are Abingdon and Witney and the Activate College (Oxford), however many students also go onto Hartpury, Oxfordshire International College of Beauty (based in Witney) and other Sixth Form colleges.

Information can be found on college websites:

Abingdon and Witney:

Unsure of what course or level to apply, click here.

Applications can be made via the website.

All applicants will receive a confirmation email and a 30 minute telephone interview will be scheduled which the applicant can decline or accept. 

An interview reminder will be sent 3 days before the scheduled interview.

An opportunity for students who are ready to start work, whilst continuing with their education.

Apprentices earn a wage while they learn skills and gain qualifications. Learning is provided by a college or other learning provider, and an employer provides a full-time paid job in a real workplace.

Apprenticeships are available at every level: Post 16

Apprenticeships will either be a Level 2 or 3.

Students interested in an apprenticeship should still be looking even during these uncertain times.  Many companies are still advertising them.

Apprenticeships are hard to find and it is recommended that a ‘back up’ options is also in place.

For more information:

You can also register to receive a weekly vacancies list.

Is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become 'work ready'.

More information available on