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Connexions career advisor blog -  January 2021 

Due to the current lockdown and changing government guidelines and legislation, presently Sixth Forms, Colleges and other Providers are holding virtual open days and sometimes telephone or online interviews. This is subject to change as and when the government announce further instructions.

Post 16 Options

You may be in Year 11 and working towards your GCSEs, BTECs or end of year exams or assessment, but now is the time to start preparing for your post 16 choices.

So, what are these choices? Read on for a brief guide to the main post 16 options with links for further information.

Sixth Form

School Sixth Forms are attached to a secondary school and offer a variety of level 3, A-levels and BTECs and possibly some level 2 qualifications as well.

Each Secondary School in Hounslow has a Sixth Form. More information here: Secondary | London Borough of Hounslow

Sixth Form Colleges

Sixth Form Colleges offer the same provision as Sixth Forms but are not attached to a secondary school.

More information on a couple of local Sixth Form Colleges below.

William Morris Sixth Form (wmsf.ac.uk)

Welcome to St Charles Sixth Form College

Colleges

Unlike School Sixth Forms and Sixth Forms, Colleges tend to be bigger and offer a far wider choice of courses both academic for example A-Levels and BTECs and Vocational such as Motor Mechanics, Plumbing or Beauty. They may also offer courses just for adults such as Access Courses, University level courses, Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

More information on some local colleges below.

West Thames College - Further and Higher Education Courses (west-thames.ac.uk)

RuTC | One of London’s longest established further education colleges

West London College (wlc.ac.uk)

Uxbridge College: Further Education, Higher Education & Apprenticeships - Uxbridge College | Top London College

Kingston College - Further Education College in Greater London (stcg.ac.uk)

School Sixth Forms and Sixth Form Colleges provide a mainly academic education to students who are between 16-19. Colleges are often bigger environments that provide both academic and vocational education to anyone generally over 16 who chooses to study there. Therefore, the students around you will vary according to where you choose to study.

Colleges may give the impression of being more informal or more relaxed, but students may be expected to work more independently and be very focused in order to progress.

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a paid training programme that combines working for a salary with learning that leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships are offered in a variety of job areas, from Hairdressing, to Surveying and are offered at different levels from GCSE equivalent- level 2- A-Level equivalent- level 3, to Foundation and Degree Levels- level 4 and above.

More information on apprenticeships:

Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk)

Traineeships

Traineeships are an unpaid skills development programme, that offers a work placement. It is designed to prepare you either for employment or an apprenticeship, by developing your work experience and employability skills that could include your maths, literacy and ICT levels.

More information on traineeships: 

Find a traineeship - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

For that tailored one to one guidance and support on a pathway that will best meet your individual career goals, contact the Connexions Service on 0208 583 5151 to arrange a telephone appointment.

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