Year 11 - next steps

Year 11? Big decisions to make

If you are in Year 11, you have some big decisions to make for your future pathway. Your main choices are:

  • Remain in full time education - i.e. 6th Form (Greensward or another school) or Further Education at a college such as SEEVIC, SEC, Writtle, etc.
  • Find an Apprenticeship - you will be working and studying towards a related qualification
  • Work or Volunteer while studying part-time

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The majority of Year 11 students do remain in full-time education. Greensward students will not automatically be offered a place at Greensward 6th Form. Students must apply and you must meet the entry criteria for the courses they offer. Students need to apply for a place at 6th form or college before GCSE results are received and ideally by Christmas. Always have a first choice and a back-up option.

All Year 11 students will have the opportunity for a one-to-one careers meeting with a careers adviser to discuss their plans but in the meantime:-

  • Look out for Open Evening and taster events
  • Talk to teachers to get your predicted GCSE grades
  • Make sure you have a back-up plan

Useful links are below.

The Essex Employment & Skills Board are passionate about ensuring that young people are aware of the wide range of career opportunities available on their doorstep and they have created a new Essex careers website: What’s Your Thing? will help inform and inspire students in the career choices they make by providing an insight into the careers available in seven priority sectors which contribute significantly to the local economy and have thousands of job opportunities. These sectors include Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, Construction, Health, Logistics, Care, Finance & Insurance and IT, Digital & Creative.


To find out more about apprenticeships see: The National Apprenticeship Service has also produced a guide for parents which can be viewed here.

More information can also be found in the Apprenticeship News for Summer School and College Leavers, 2019.