Post-16 choices

So what can I do after Year 11?

There are lots of courses and training opportunities to choose from so there’s bound to be something out there to suit you. You can choose to do:

There are 3 main things you can choose between:

• continuing to study under the Study Programme at college, sixth form or training provider: either A Levels, T Levels or equivalent, or a mixed programme which could include some form of workplace experience or continued study of English and maths towards a good GCSE grade. We have an online course finder where you can search and apply for courses.

• starting an Apprenticeship or Traineeship - train for an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) while earning a wage and learning the skills for a particular type of job. If you are 16-18 and want help applying for an apprenticeship or Traineeship contact: YES Youth Employability Service on 01323 410803 or 01424 722045 - or message us at

full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time accredited education or training. “Full-time” means for 20 or more hours each week. “Accredited” could be in work-based learning or by attending college as well as going to work for about a day each week 

I'm confused and I need help!

Don’t panic, help is at hand. The ‘September Guarantee’ means that if you are 16 or 17 and about to leave school or a one-year college course, you are guaranteed to get help with what to do next, plus the offer of a place on a course to suit you. You can also talk to:

  • your teachers – have a chat to the teachers of your favourite subjects
  • older friends or family who also had to make choices at 16
  • your parents or carers – they know you best, but bear in mind that they may not know much about the subject or career you want to take
  • If you're aged 13 to 18 you can contact a Careers Adviser at the National Careers Service for free information, advice and support on a range of issues. If you're aged 19 or over you can also contact the service.
  • Visit websites that offer advice on what to do next, such as What you can do after GCSEs
  • Research the local careers market to see what kind jobs are out there and what you could

Ask an Advisor

If you are a young person aged 16-18, or a worried parent who wants to help their son or daughter but don't know how, then contact us and we’ll get back to you within 48hrs (except at weekends) to point you in the right direction.

Contact the Youth Employability Service

Transition to sixth form or college in September 2021

For information about how to prepare to move to an East Sussex FE college or sixth form in September 2021, see our dedicated web page.