What You Should Do After Your GCSES

If you’re in year 11 then no doubt you’re coming up to your GCSE exams, and ultimately the end of you having to stay at school. Whilst you do have to stay in education until you are 18, that doesn’t mean you have to stay at school. You can come and join us here at The Sheffield College. Here’s why…

For starters we are a further education college and we’re for people aged 16+, so you might be studying with people who are a different age to you – this will become a feature of your life from now on, you’ll have to get used to it! We offer a much wider range of courses, both academic (a boat load of A-levels) and job or career-related (these are called vocational qualifications, and they help you build the skills and knowledge for a particular industry as well as getting you a qualification).

Is a further education college just like school?

A bit, but not really! You’ll still need to go to lessons, stick to the timetable you’re given and crack on with your work. But we like to treat you like the adults you now are. Once you’ve chosen what you would like to study, you’ll find It’s quite relaxed here and you’ll be quite independent – this means there won’t be people pestering you for your work all the time but you’ll have to do that yourself!

Your lessons won’t fill a full week, you’ll be expected to study independently and complete your work in this extra time but we’re not going to make you stay in College (although there are loads of great activities going on!). Oh, and did we mention you’ll be able to wear your own clothes? No more uniforms!

Doing an apprenticeship after your GCSEs

Maybe you’re bored of not having any money. It’s time for you to start earning a wage whilst doing a job and studying for a recognised qualification at the same time. If that’s the case, an Apprenticeship is for you!

Tell me more…

  • You can do an Apprenticeship at any age
  • Apprenticeships last between 1 and 4 years, depending on what level you’re doing
  • Your training is provided for free if you’re under 24, employers will have to fund if you older than this
  • You’ll be paid at the very least a minimum wage of £3.30 an hour, but employers often pay more than this
  • Employers like to keep staff on once they’ve completed their Apprenticeship as they have made an investment in your future

Who can do an Apprenticeship?

  • Anyone 16 or over
  • You need to be leaving school/college and out of work, ideally with some work experience under your belt in the industry you fancy getting into
  • Ideally we’d like you to have your English and Maths GCSE’s which meet the Apprenticeship entry requirements (check here), but you can always take them to compliment your Apprenticeship with us too.

Which apprenticeship you do really depends on your qualifications. You can do an Intermediate Apprenticeship, and that lets you learn towards level 2. Then you can do an Advanced Apprenticeship, which lets you learn towards level 3. Finally, you can do a Higher Apprenticeship which lets you learn towards level 4 or higher.

Post-GCSE Traineeships

Fancy an Apprenticeship, but not 100% sure? Fancy a taste of one? That’ fine. You can undertake a Traineeship and improve your maths and English skills while getting work experience too!

Tell me more…

  • A traineeship lasts from six weeks to six months
  • A traineeship means you’ll get awesome work placements with local employers. It looks great on your CV, plus you’ll build real experience and learn what’s expected of you in the workplace.
  • With a traineeship, you’ll be shown how to build your skills in things like time management, working in a team and job hunting skills like updating your CV, acing an interview or searching for jobs. These are really useful work and life talents.
  • You’ll also get to study English and maths, if it’s appropriate. Employers really value these skills, so it’s good to know you can build them up even if you’re no longer at school.
  • It could be a really great option if you’re finding it hard to get an Apprenticeship, or maybe you’re not sure you’ve got the skills for one yet.
  • It won’t cost you anything to do a Traineeship, and most of them pay travel and meal costs. Depending on your situation, the Government’s 16-19 Bursary Fund might help.

Who can do a Traineeship?

  • 16-18 and qualified below level 3
  • 19-23 and qualified below level 2
  • 16-25 with learning difficulties

So now you know what options are available to you, it’s time to have a look at what courses are available to you. Here’s the link for you to have a look at, give it a click. Or give us a ring on 0114 26 2600 and we can run through your options with you again. Aren’t we good to you?!


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