Post 16 Education & Careers

What next after GCSEs/functional skills exams?

What happens after you take your year 11 exams?

Recently the government introduced a new policy called “Raising the participation age” which means you have to stay in education or training until you are 18.

This is great news because it means you can gain qualifications and training to support your career options for FREE up to the age of 18, rather than finishing at 16 and returning to study later on as an adult and having to pay for your education.

So, what are your options…………………?

 Full time education

There are 2 different choices here: –

  • Go to a school 6th form and study level 3 subjects – A levels or BTECs
  • Go to a local 6th form college such as Brockenhurst, Totton or Bournemouth and Poole where you can study a range of qualifications – A levels (L3) and vocational course from levels 1 up to 3 in a variety of areas.

Part-Time education

If you`re working in self employment or volunteering for more than 20 hours per week, you can also study part time as well to support you in further improving your work skills. For example, doing a motor vehicle skills course on day release at college if you are working part time in a garage.


These are now a very popular option as the government are offering employers incentives to take on young apprentices.

With an apprenticeship, you work for an employer for no more than 40 hours per week and receive a wage as well as on the job training. This may also involve going and doing day release once a week at a local college or training provider. You get a qualification at the end of your apprenticeship. You can find further information at

Apprenticeship & Careers evening in collaboration with Totton College:

Date:                   Wednesday 6th March 2024

Time:                  5:00pm – 7:30pm (set up from 4:00pm)

Location:            Totton College, Water Lane, Totton, Southampton SO40 3ZX

Attendees:         All New Forest and Eastleigh secondary schools, parents/carers, Year 9 upwards.

Local Sixth Forms and Colleges Open Events

Name of Further Education Provider Website Address
Bournemouth & Poole College,

Open Day Details

Wednesday 18th October 2023

Saturday 18th November 2023

Wiltshire College, Salisbury Campus,

Open Day Details

Wedsnesday 11th October 2023

Brockenhurst College,

Open Day Details

Saturday 4th November 2023

Totton College,

Open Day Details

Thursday 10th November 2023

Monday 4th March 2024

Tuesday 18th June 2024

Sparsholt College,

Open Day Details

Saturday 11th November 2023

Saturday 2nd March 2024

Wednesday 1st May 2024

Thursday 13th June 2024

Kingston Maurward College, 

Open Day Details

Saturday 11th November 2023

Sunday 10th December 2023

Sunday 21st January 2024

Saturday 9th March 2024

Sunday 21st April 2024

Sunday 19th May 2024

NCS (National Citizen Service Trust)

Designed specially for 16 and 17 year olds, the NCS experience will give you a clearer idea of what you want from your future for more information follow this link.

Careers Coach

Provided by Hampshire Careers partnership, Careers Coach is an online facility for young people that allows them to explore current opportunities and future trends in Hampshire, The Isle of Wight, and surrounding areas.  It includes quizzes to help guide them to specific areas of potential careers paths dependent on their interests and ways of learning, researching specific careers, writing CVs and how to get work experience. It is available for students and their parents/carers. It can be used alongside our in school careers guidance and provision.

Access Careers Coach here

Child Employment and the Law

The hours of work and conditions of child employment are described by the Children and Young Persons Acts 1933 and 1963, the Children (Protection at Work) Regulations 1998 and Hampshire County Council Byelaws on the Employment of Children 1998.

These laws are to protect the health, safety, well-being and education of children.  Further information about children and employment can be found at