Post 16 learning

You don't have to continue your education at school after Year 11. There are a number of options to choose from, including college courses and apprenticeships.  ​

Your options after Year 11

The government has changed the law so that all young people have to continue in education or training until the age of 18. This is known as Raising the participation age (RPA). If you are in your last year at secondary school (Year 11) you will continue your learning until at least your 18th birthday.

You don’t have to continue your learning at school. There are lots of routes available with a wide choice of academic and vocational learning options, including:

  • Studying full-time in a school, college or with a training provider
  • Working or volunteering full time (more than 20 hours a week), combined with part-time education or training
  • Taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship.

If you enjoy studying, you may choose subjects or courses that will prepare you to continue your learning at university traineeship.

If you need help to decide what option is best for you, you can:




Work and Study

You can choose to work full time (more than 20 hours a week), volunteer or even set up your own business. But you will also need to make time to undertake part-time training or study in order to meet the duty to participate. This will allow you to get accredited qualifications.