Making decisions about what to do at 16+
Wherever they study, your son or daughter will be following a Study Programme. Study Programmes are tailored to their individual needs and will offer every individual the chance to progress to a higher level of study than they have been working at. Study Programmes are a way of organising 16-19 education at all levels of achievement, including young people with additional and complex needs and have 3 essential elements:
- Spend most of their time taking one or more substantial qualifications, such as A levels and/or vocational qualifications; or participating in a traineeship or extended work experience.
- Take part in non-qualification activity, such as work experience, tutorials or work-related learning.
- Continue studying English and/or mathematics if they did not achieve at least a GCSE grade C in these subjects by the end of year 11.
A/S and A Levels:
- There are many different A Level subjects. Not all of them are on offer in every school or college.
- Your teenager can continue with subjects taken in year 11 or choose new courses.
- A Levels are usually taken over two years.
Vocational (or work-related) qualifications:
- They are related to a job area, for example construction or hairdressing.
- Employers and professional bodies helped to develop them.
- They are on offer in a wide range of subjects and at different achievement levels.
- They include OCR Nationals, BTECs and City & Guilds qualifications.
These are new from 2013 and are suitable for a young person who is almost ready to go into either a job or an Apprenticeship. They last for an average of 6 months and will include:
- Work Preparation Training, including personal skills and effective job applications.
- A high quality work experience placement to give your son or daughter the chance to prove themselves to an employer.
- English and maths if they have not already achieved a GCSE grade C or equivalent.
The September Offer
The September Offer is a promise that your teenager will be offered a suitable place in learning by the end of September 2012 - at the end of year 11 when they finish their compulsory education.
If your son or daughter is 17 and has stayed in education to do a one-year or short course, or their plans didn't work out, they will also be eligible for the September Offer.
What about Careers?
Once they have some ideas you can also help them to find out more. Look it up in the National Careers Service Job Profiles.
Does your son or daughter need help with career choice?