Post-16 learning options

There are several options for a young person after completing year 11:

  • Schools’ 6th forms
  • Colleges
  • Apprenticeships
  • Job with training
  • Volunteering opportunities with training

Post 16 college options :

Derby College : Welcome – DCG (

Nottingham College: Nottingham College

Confetti : Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies | Part of Nottingham Trent University

Burton and South Derbyshire College : Home | Burton and South Derbyshire College (

Buxton & Leek College : Buxton & Leek College – Discover Your Future Self (

Transition 2 : Transition 2 – College for disabled young people in Derby


Post 16 Sixth Form options : 

The Bemrose School: Welcome – Bemrose

Allestree Woodlands : AWS Sixth Form Allestree Woodlands School

Lees Brook Academy : Sixth Form – Lees Brook Academy

Landau Forte : Admissions – Landau Forte College Derby (

Littleover Community School : Littleover Community School :: LCS 6th Form – Home

Derby Moor : Sixth Form Applications – Derby Moor Spencer Academy

Chellaston Academy : Sixth Form – Chellaston Academy

St Benedict’s : Home – Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy (

UTC Derby Pride Park : Welcome to UTC Derby Pride Park – UTC Derby

What apprenticeship opportunities are available :

Apprenticeships are paid jobs which allow you to earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain skills and experience.

They can take between one and four years to complete, depending on the level of apprenticeship, your ability and the industry sector.

Find out more about apprenticeships and the opportunities available :

Derby City Council : Apprenticeships page. : Find an apprenticeship – GOV.UK (

HM Government : Apprenticeships

Toyota : Toyota Careers & Jobs Search | Discover Toyota | Toyota UK

JBC : Apprenticeships (

NHS : NHS apprenticeships | NHS Health Careers

Training Provider options: 

DBC Training : Training Provider | DBC Training | Derby (

Juniper : (

Workpays : Workpays | Small change, big difference!

EMA: East Midlands Apprenticeship Training Provider| EMA Training

CT Skills : CT Skills | Home | Apprenticeships and Career Skills

CT Skills | Home | Apprenticeships and Career Skills

At CT Skills, we help to build the futures of individuals eager to learn – progressing the development of crucial career skills. Check out our website for more information today!

What other Jobs with training can I do?

If you are 16 or 17, you can get a job which isn’t an apprenticeship if you continue with some sort of accredited training for the equivalent of one day a week.

Do you want to do some volunteering?

If you are 16 or 17 and want to volunteer, you will need to continue with some form of accredited training for the equivalent of one day a week.

If you want to find out about volunteering opportunities, visit the vinspired websiteOpens in new tab.

What to consider…

The higher education you choose can have a large impact on the career you follow and your success in obtaining fulfilling or well paid work. More immediately you will have to live with your choice for the next few years. Make sure you think carefully about what you want from your higher education experience so that you are choosing what will suit you and give you the qualifications and experience you are looking for.

Make sure you think about…

  • Why you want to go to university and what you want from the experience
  • How much direct teaching you want
  • How much it will cost
  • Is an apprenticeship right you?

Why do you want to go to university/complete an apprenticeship

To study a subject further because you are interested in it?

You may wish to look for courses where the staff are experts and the department has high research ratings. Beware: these staff may not always be available to you, particularly in your first and second year, as they will be busy with research and more advanced students. Look also at teaching quality assessments. These will let you know how your course is taught.

To gain advanced vocational qualifications?

Check the destinations of previous students on the course. Did the majority of them go into employment in the area you are considering? If you are considering a career where particular qualifications are required check that your course is acceptable. Beware: Degrees in subjects linked to the name of a career do not always provide a good route into that career. Try to find out how employers view the course.

To make yourself more employable?

Look for courses with access to work experience or sandwich placements. Try to find out the attitude of the university towards students arranging their own paid or unpaid work experience. Look for part time or voluntary work in an area that will provide the skills you need for a future career.

To have fun?

Look at what students say about the university. Find out what clubs or societies are available. Look at where the university is located. Do you want to be on a campus meeting only other students, or do you want to be in the middle of a big city with access to a range of amenities.

How much direct teaching do you want? – Can you learn independently?

Try to find out how many hours of tuition you can expect in your subject.

The less tuition you receive the more organised and self-motivating you need to be.

Be realistic about yourself. If you need external motivation to make you work, or you would like regular contact with staff to check your work is going in the right direction do not choose a course with a low amount of contact time.

You will normally be looking for at least 12 hours a week. Less than this and you are likely to be expected to produce a high level of work independently with minimal direction.

How much will it cost?

Look at where the university is.

Try to find out the costs of accommodation and the general cost of living…

Are there any grants / scholarships / sponsorship programmes available?

Does the university provide help with finding part time work?

Do you currently have a job you want to keep?
This will limit the universities you can apply to. Check that you are being realistic about whether you can fit your work in around the course.

If financial considerations are putting you off studying, have you considered part time study, or taking a job where the employer offers the chance to study for a degree alongside your work?

Look at apprenticeship locators

Finding more information…

For more information take a look at the following websites:-

UCAS websiteThe Educational Grants Trust


The PUSH Guide to Which University, The Virgin Alternative Guide to British Universities The Student Book From Learning to Earning Students’ Money Matters The Virgin Guide to Courses for Careers

There are other books available so come and have a look (all available in sixth form common room library)

The Times’ Online University Guide

Confused? Ask for advice from…

  • Mrs Amos – Careers
  • Mr Denison – Assistant Headteacher
  • Miss Mccabe – Head of Sixth Form
  • Your tutors and subject teachers