Post 16 Options

In years 10 and 11 you will need to make plans for once you leave Wishmore Cross Academy, ensuring that you make the best choice for you. The main options you have are below (it is very important that you check entry requirements not only for your chosen college, but the individual course. Some BTEC courses, subject grades at GCSE determine the level of course you can do):

T-Levels - Equivalent to 3 A Levels (including UCAS points), T Levels allow students to get vocational skills by spending 80% of time in the classroom and 20% of the time completing a work placement where they can practise the skills they have learned. Since being introduced in 2020, the subjects available to do as a T Level are expanding and currently include subjects like education and healthcare. Once you have completed your T Level in your chosen subject, it is worth the same UCAS points as 3 A Levels. 

A-Levels - Advanced levels are qualifications that are subject based. These can lead to university, work or further study. A Levels are offered by schools or colleges traditionally to those aged 16-19 and are commonly studied over 2 years and assessed through examinations. Students study 2 or more A-levels during this time and have around 40 subjects to choose from. Subjects on offer are subject to the school or college you study at. 

Traineeships - Traineeships are an education and training programme focused on getting students ready for work. Traineeships are available for those aged 16-24 who want to acquire work based skills who do not yet have them. Traineeships have 3 core elements: work experience placement, work preparation training (delivered by an external training provider) and further support with their maths and english if required. 

Supported Internship - Supportive internships are for those with SEND needs highlighted within an EHCP. Those with this highlighted needs need to be aged 16-24 and will study a programme that involves training and support to give them the skills to get a job. Majority of the learning is done with an employer in the workplace where they teach you to do the job while giving you skills and work experience.  

Apprenticeships - When studying an apprenticeship, you will experience a combination of study and a job which gives you practical training. Apprenticeships involve working as an employee, working with experienced staff, getting paid for your work and getting skills specific to the job you are training in. Apprenticeships come in many levels ranging from a level 1 - 7 qualification and can take between 1 and 5 years to complete. 

BTECs - BTECs allow you to learn a subject and how it relates to an industry, allowing you to build your knowledge and skills to succeed in that industry. You will do so through theory and coursework, but you will do lots of practical work too! When you do a BTEC course it will fill up your timetable as only one subject is chosen. Depending on your GCSE grades, you can do a BTEC at different levels and you can progress from one level to another. You will be assessed through project work and coursework but may have exams too. 

Links to Local Colleges

Below is a list of our local further education and Sixth Form colleges:

Links to Career Websites

Below is a list of websites and links providing information on a variety of Post-16 options: