A Parent’s Guide To Post 16 Education

AD | Gaining more qualifications after GCSE’s can provide your child with a greater choice of job opportunities in the future. 

As a parent you want your child to have the best possible start in life. With so many further education options available, it is important to understand which one is best for your child.

To help parents, St Chris School have put together the following information and advice, so that you can help your child to make informed post-16 choices…

Young people in England have to continue in some form of education or training until they are 18.

At the end of year 11, many students feel confused about their next step in education and may need the support of their parents to help them decide. 

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So what are your child’s options?


Lots of young people choose to stay on at their current school and study A-Levels.
A -Levels give students an opportunity to explore their favourite GCSE subjects in greater depth. These are also valued qualifications, which are often required by universities and employers.

Vocational Qualifications 

Vocational qualifications offer practical learning programmes that relate to specific job roles or employment sectors. These courses are commonly taken at a college and they are designed to help students learn about a particular industry in a practical way. Popular Vocational Qualification courses include beauty, plumbing and childcare.

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If your child has a particular career in mind, then an apprenticeship could be an ideal next step. Apprenticeships provide students with an opportunity to work, train and study in their chosen industry, whilst earning a salary.

There is a lot of information available to help with your child’s education choices. The school your child currently attends has a statutory duty to provide careers information, advice and guidance and many colleges offer open days which may help your child’s post-16 decision making.

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