OPTIONS - Post 16

What are my Options?

Remember, the participation age has been raised, so you now have to stay in some sort of education or training until your 18th birthday. But you do have a number of options for the form this can take.

A Levels

The most popular option is to continue your studies into A Levels. You can do this at Bentley Wood or at another school with a sixth form or a sixth form college. This provides you with the best basis to access university courses, although it's not the only way.


You can apply to do an apprenticeship, and get paid while you learn! For further information on Apprenticeships follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Please view the video link below for information about Higher Education and Apprenticeships.

Higher Education and Apprenticeships

Please view the video link below for information about applying to Medical School

Update to Medical Admissions - A Guide for Medical Applicants

Other College Courses

You can do a different course at a college. This could be a diploma or a vocational qualification such as an NVQ, a City and Guilds or a BTEC. Mr Roach, the school’s Careers Adviser, can help you with these.

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Skills Route 1

Skills Route:

Skills Route is a set of tools to help students, explore the different routes that they could take, plan and learn about all the options that are available for study after GCSE and find all the information they need to research college or sixth forms. The link is below.



Future Finder


Future Finder:

The Free Your Life Future Finder website helps students learn which STEM A Levels, are used in Medical Careers such as General Practitioner, Hospital Doctor, Surgeon, Psychiatrist and Pathologist. This feature also can be used for other Health and STEM related careers. This feature helps with Gatsby Benchmark 4 - linking curriculum learning to careers. The link is below.



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