What are the choices at 16?
Full Time Further Education
Work with training
• General qualifications — A levels or GCSEs, developing knowledge in academic subjects, eg. maths, law or science
• Vocational courses – developing knowledge and skills that involve learning about a particular area of work, eg. creative media or plumbing.
• T levels — new courses coming in September 2020 — will follow GCSEs and be equivalent to 3 A levels. They will become one of the main choices for students after GCSE alongside apprenticeships and A levels
• Other courses and qualifications – colleges and other learning organisations have a wide range of other courses, eg. City & Guilds or Essential Skills.
• Apprenticeships — employed and paid to attend work most of the time, alongside time in the classroom(normally one day a week) to learn the skills and gain the qualifications needed for a specific job at level 2 or 3. Potential to complete a higher apprenticeship in the future. Find out more at manchester.gov.uk/ apprenticeships
• Traineeships — up to six months' unpaid training, normally in a workplace, to develop the skills needed to move on to an apprenticeship. Find out more at gov.uk/find-traineeship
• Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training — employed or volunteering for at least 20 hours a week. Young people would also need to continue some formal learning alongside this. This could be learning in the workplace or at college, and should be at least 280 hours over a whole year.
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