Post 16 Options

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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 Herschel 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.


Click the button below to read a very useful guide to A Level choices from the Russell Group of universities - hard and soft subjects, which A Levels are required for particular degree courses.....it's all here!


You can also watch the Russell Group's video guide......

And the button below links to a very simple but effective guide from Which University to which A Level options can be required for specific degree courses, so if you think you know where you want to be headed, you can use this to double check:

Click HERE for six things you need to know before deciding!

There are also some very useful documents to do with A Levels available for download at the bottom of this page - these include a guide to surviving A Levels written by ex-Herschel student and now Medicine undergraduate Zara Zeb, guides to choosing A Levels for and applying for medicine related degrees, and also some information on other careers that are available in the fields of health and science.

Apprenticeships and School Leaver Programmes

You can apply to do an apprenticeship, and get paid while you learn! See the apprenticeships page of this website for more details by selecting it from the menu on the left.

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.  Ms Cole, the school careers adviser, can help you with these, and there is a list of some of the college courses that are currently available locally further down this page. 

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service has a very good summary page for post-16 options - click on the logo below to visit.

 

Sixth Form Open Events 2017-18

A full list of open events for 2017-18 compiled by Adviza can be downloaded from the foot of this page, in the donwloads section.

Always check with the appropriate college website before making a journey that the open event is still occurring.

Sixth Form Colleges

Click on each one below to go to the college website:

 

 

Other Useful Guides and Websites

Click the image below to be taken to the Big Guide for school leavers, containing info on graduate schemes, apprenticeships, volunteering, skills development.....loads of useful stuff if you are considering leaving full time education at the end of the year (and even if you're not!):

 

Click here for a good starting point website for school leaver programmes that don't involve heading to university (some require A Levels, but it's still worth a look):

 

Local Sixth Form Courses

 All courses listed are equivalent to three A Levels unless otherwise stated

Business and ICT Courses

Level 3 Business BTEC Extended Diploma

Available at almost all colleges (not BCA) 
Requires 4-5 grade C GCSEs often including English and Maths at grade C

AAT Certificate leading to the AAT Diploma

Available at Langley College
AAT Certificate requires 5 GCSEs at grade C including English and Maths

Level 3 Computing IT Practioners’ BTEC Extended Diploma
 

Available at Langley, Uxbridge, Reading Colleges
Normally requires 5 GCSE grade Cs including English and Maths

Information Technology (Software Development) Extended Diploma

Available at Henley College
Requires 5 GCSE grade Cs including English and Maths

Childcare and Health Courses

Children and Young People’s Workforce CACHE Diploma Level 3

Available at Langley, Uxbridge, Reading, BCA
Requires 5 GCSE grade Cs including English

Children’s Care Learning and Development Level 3

As course above
Available at Henley College

Level 3 Health Studies BTEC Extended Diploma

Available at Langley, Uxbridge, Reading, BCA
Requires 5 GCSEs at grade C including English and Maths

Craft Construction Courses

Construction BTEC Diploma Level 1 and 2
Plastering Diploma Level 1, 2 and 3
Bricklaying Diploma Level 1, 2 and 3
Carpentry Diploma Level 1, 2 and 3
Painting and Decorating Diploma Level 1 and 2
P
lumbing Technical Certificate Level 2 and 3
E
lectrical Technical Certificate
Gas Technical Certificate

All of the above are available at Langley College and some at Reading College
Entry requirements vary from none to 3 GCSEs at grade C including Maths English and Science for the Plumbing Technical Certificate Level 2

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction

Available at Langley, Richmond Colleges
Requires 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Maths and Science
This is a very interesting course which can lead to HE courses in construction management, surveying, civil engineering or to employment/training in the construction industry

Art and Design Courses

Level 3 Art and Design BTEC Extended Diploma

Available at Langley, Reading, Uxbridge and Henley. Requires 4/5 GCSEs including an art and design subject plus a portfolio

Level 3 Fashion, Design and Textiles BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Level 3 Product Design and Enterprise BTEC Extended Diploma
Level 3 Photography and Digital Imaging Extended Diploma
Level 3 Graphics and Digital Design

All available at Reading College and require 4 C grades at GCSE often including an art and design subject and English and a portfolio of work

Media Courses 

Level 3 Creative Media Production Extended Diploma
Level 3 Interactive Media BTEC Extended Diploma
Level 3 Digital Media Technologies  BTEC Extended Diploma

Entry requirements are 5 GCSEs including English.
Available at Langley, Henley and Reading Colleges

Level 3 Music BTEC Extended Diploma
Level 3 Music Technology BTEC Extended Diploma
Level 3 Music and Media Technology BTEC Extended Diploma

Available at Reading College
Require 4 GCSEs grade C including English and preferably Maths

Performing Arts Courses

Level 3 Performing Arts BTEC Extended Diploma

Available at Uxbridge, Langley, Reading Colleges
Requires 4 GCSEs including English and Maths

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Courses

Hairdressing NVQ Level 2 and 3

Available at Reading and Langley Colleges

Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2 and 3

Available at Reading and Langley Colleges

Engineering Courses

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
Level 3 BTEC Sub Diploma in Engineering – British Airways Pre-Apprenticeship
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Electrical / Electronic Engineering

All available at Uxbridge College
They all require 5 GCSEs grade C including English, Maths, Science and possibly Design Technology
All (apart from the Sub Diploma) are 3 A level equivalent

Motor Vehicle Body Repair Certificate
Motorcycle IMI Level 1 Certificate and Level 2 Certificate
Motor Vehicle Engineering IMI National Diploma with Motorsport Option

All these are available at Langley College
Entry requirements range from none for the Level 1 Motorcycle course to 3 GCSE C grades including Maths, English and Science for the National Diploma course

There are also Level 3 BTEC courses in Travel and Tourism, Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Performance and Excellence, Public Services

Available at Reading, Henley, Langley Colleges and BCA

BCA also offers:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aboriculture
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management
Name Date  
Becoming a Doctor or Dentist 27th December 2014 Download >
Choosing A Levels for Medicine Related Degrees 27th December 2014 Download >
Information on Pharmacy 27th December 2014 Download >
Informed Choices 27th December 2014 Download >
Other Health and Science Careers 27th December 2014 Download >
Preparing for A Levels 27th December 2014 Download >
College Open Days 2017 18 13th September 2017 Download >
 
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