Sources of advice and information
T Levels (New)
A T Level is a new qualification that students can study after their GCSEs. These are two year courses that are seen as an alternative to A Levels, other post 16 courses or an Apprenticeship. They have been designed by businesses and employers and focus on the skills and knowledge that you would need for a specific industry. Students will spend 80% of their time within the class room and 20% (approximately 45 days) on a work placement. There are currently 16 subject areas available to study now with a further seven starting in September 2023.
For more information please see the following website: T Levels for students
Apprenticeships are extremely competitive and will require a proactive approach from students to secure a place, the Careers Office can support with the application and interview process. Students (and parents) may also find the below document useful in planning for, researching and applying for apprenticeships:
It is strongly recommended that any student who is considering applying or pursuing an apprenticeship has as up to date and accurate CV.
Please see below for guides on how to apply for apprenticeships. These have been provided by Amazing Apprenticeships
Amazing Apprenticeship resources
In light of the current situation regarding Covid-19 ASK apprenticeship support have produced a range of digital resources that may be useful during the crisis.
Where to find Apprenticeship vacancies:
Find out about the pros and cons of apprenticeships and top tips on how to be a successful applicant, as well as search vacancies and creating a personal profile which will notify you of vacancies that match your criteria.
Register and create an account with gov.uk which will send you notifications of apprenticeship vacancies that match your requirements.
Our year 13 students will apply to university through the UCAS website. However, there is lots of information on the site for students in all year groups. There is information on further education courses, undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as alternatives to university such as apprenticeships. There is also a dedicated section for careers advice.
National Careers service
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. You can create your own lifelong learning account and access a range of useful tools from real-life case studies and careers guides to web and telephone chats with independent, impartial fully-qualified careers advisor.
Our school guidance provider also have a range of useful information on their website:
Insights – Useful articles and information that is also broken down into different areas of the North East.
Subjects – Search a range careers websites that focus on specific subject areas (e.g. English, Maths and Science).
Industry Sector – Search a range of careers websites on specific industry sector (e.g. Business, Health, Sport).
Careerwave have also produced a useful booklet on post 16 choices that can be found here.