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Raising of the Participation Age

One option is to study full-time at school, college or with a training provider. There has been a trend in recent years for many more young people to continue their studies. This further study has become important to get into further or higher education and the workforce, where higher skills are increasingly required.

The second option is full-time employment or volunteering (full-time is counted as more than 20 hours a week) but it must be combined with part-time study or training. This is where the Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) is different from just raising the school leaving age. You can’t just go and get any old job. It must be a job with training or the young person is not seen as fully participating.

The third option is an apprenticeship.  Please refer to the 'Apprenticeships 16+ 18+' section for more information.

Source: www.parentalguidance.org.uk.

Course Levels

Qualifications are grouped together into levels of difficulty.

There are nine levels from entry level to level 8.  Each level has different entry requirements.

Most Year 11 students taking GCSEs will achieve results at either level 2 (A*-C/9-4) and/or level 1 (D-G/3-1) giving them the entry requirements to progress on to qualifications at either level 3 or 2.

Source: Choices at 16, Norfolk County Council, 2017.

Entry Requirements

Do consider carefully the entry requirements for the courses that you choose.

Have a back-up plan, just in case your first plan doesn't work out.

Make sure you know the deadlines for course applications.  You wouldn't want to miss out!

Support Materials

A guide to your post-16 options - further study, apprenticeships and work with training. Norfolk County Council [Last year's booklet]

Use Norfolk's HelpYouChoose website to search for courses across the county.

How to register on, and search and apply for courses using the HelpYouChoose website.

What next after your GCSEs? From apprenticeships to A-levels, check out our guide to the options out there and ideas on how to make the right choice for you.

Do you wonder what work will be like as you get older? Maybe you’re not sure what the world of work is like at the moment ... Looking at future trends and the different ways in which we work can help you to plan your future career.

Your son or daughter is now in their final year of compulsory education and has important decisions to make about their next steps. You have an important role in guiding and supporting them during Year 11 to make a choice that is right for them.

16 to 19 Bursary Fund: You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you're aged 16-19 and studying at school or college.

Financial help: Post-16 Financial support you may be eligible for after you've left school.

Post-16 Travel Scheme

Kickstart Moped Loans

General Travel Information

Do you need further help with your choices?

Click here to book an appointment with Miss Emmerson.