Support for Young People and Parents

Your Options After Year 11

Once you have finished Year 11, you are required to stay in some form of education, part time or full time, until you are 18. If you would like to stay in education full time, you have the choice to attend either school/sixth form or college. 

When deciding what option is best for you, it is important to find a school or college that:

  • offers the courses or subjects you are interested in studying
  • suits your style of learning
  • is the best route to the level of qualifications you want. 

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What Are My Options After Year 11?


A large number of schools across Kent offer a sixth form and you may choose to stay at your current school. Many people choose to do this as it enables you to continue your studies in a familiar environment with people that you know. 

You also have the option to apply to a new school if you feel that they offer more suitable subjects for your chosen pathway, or you just fancy a change of learning environment. 

Sixth forms tend to offer smaller classes, more teaching structure and student support than colleges. If you are unsure of what you may like to pursue as a career in the future, it is important to consider choosing subjects that will allow you to keep your options open. 

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Colleges are often larger and more informal than sixth forms, offering a wider variety of courses (including A Levels), but they will expect you to be able to manage your own work and time effectively. At college, you will find students of all different ages – adults as well as young people.

Unlike school, you will usually be required to pick one course to focus on. You will have to continue working towards your Maths and English GCSEs if you don’t achieve a grade 4 in year 11. 

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If you have special educational needs or other support needs, you can talk to your current school who will help you with making your choices.

If you have an Education Health Care plan (EHC plan) your school will help you with your plans, or you could talk to Kent County Council about what do next.

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If you have a career sector or path in mind and want to start earning money as you learn, an apprenticeship could be the right choice for you. It provides the opportunity of a real job with a real employer; training alongside your work duties as well as an industry-standard qualification when you finish.

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Most young people in education or training attend a sixth form or college after Year 11. But some prefer smaller settings with less people, or they are looking for something which will get them ready to go into employment or further education. You can see what is available on the KentChoices website

A number of these courses start in September and are available to Year 11 leavers, but frequently they have start dates throughout the year, so are useful for those young people who are not in education, employment or training after they have left school.

If you are interested in this type of learning and are still in school, book a telephone appointment with one of our Engagement Officers below to find out more:

If you are 16 to 18 years old, interested in this type of course and are not in education, employment or training (NEET), you can contact our NEET Support Team below for advice:

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If you have a business idea that has the potential to make money, like the idea of setting your own hours, and working when and where you want, there are a number of organisations who can help you. You can find some of them below:  

If you are interested in starting up your own business but are unsure if you are meeting the necessary requirements, you can book a telephone appointment with one of our advisers below for support:

* Remember that until you turn 18, you still need to be in some form of learning or training while developing your business and studying Maths and English if you did not achieve a grade 4 or above.

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