Post 16 options

by Jonathan Kearney

Many young people in Knowsley are preparing to leave secondary school. Many know what they want to do, whilst others are still undecided.

You can choose to stay in full-time education, start an apprenticeship or traineeship or spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering while also doing part-time education or training.

Stay in full-time education

You could take a range of subjects at A Level, T Level or BTEC courses that allow you to focus on a chosen career, or study for an applied qualification or retake your exams. The list of options is below.

 Combining work and study

You can gain practical skills, get work experience and a qualification that employers need through traineeships, supported internships, apprenticeships and school leaver schemes.

Need help and support?

Knowsley’s Advice and Guidance Service work with local schools to ensure Year 11 students know what choices are available to them when leaving school – whether it’s going on to further education, training, re-sitting exams or applying for an Apprenticeship. Advisors can talk through your options.

To find out more about how the team can help, call 0151 443 2898 and you will be allocated a dedicated engagement worker who will help you make the next step.

Alternatively, you can speak to an adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or use webchat. They are available from 8am until 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays.

For further information regarding post 16 options for pupils with Special Educational Needs and those currently being supported via an Education, Health and Care Plan, visit Knowsley’s SEND Local Offer – Preparation for Adulthood.