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Post 18 Options

Did you know that University is only one of many options you can take at this stage?

From A level you have other possible routes, broadly categorised into (but not only):

• Apprenticeships (work for an employer, earn, and learn while progressing towards a qualification, and then still go to uni if you want to; there are different entry levels into apprenticeships depending on the qualifications and experience you have achieved so far)

• School Leaver Programme (full-time, paid role with an employer while training towards a professional qualification; entry normally requires A levels)

• Sponsored Degree Programme (work full-time or part-time for an employer, who will sponsor part or all of your university fees and expect you to work for them on placement and may offer you a role on graduation; normally requires A levels)

• Employment

• Gap year (can include periods of work, travel, volunteering, etc – employers value these especially if you can show they are relevant to your skills and development, and the employers’ interests)

All these options will vary by employer and role (application format, job role, deadline for applications, skills and qualifications required, etc). All of these options are competitive: you will need to research your own preferred route, and then prepare an impeccable, relevant application following the exact requirements set out by the employer. You will probably need to make many applications in order to achieve a successful result.

See the blogspot from Mrs Shaw for links to useful websites (best viewed on desktop or laptop, rather than a mobile):

Youth Connexions Find out more about the Youth Connexions Service at Cavendish pdf document


Ofsted say:

"Students report that they enjoy the opportunities for personal development offered in the sixth form. The recent re-establishment of the student council has given them good opportunities to take responsibility in the school. The school provides a good range of opportunities to prepare students for the next stages in their careers or education."


Ofsted, May 2015


Executive Headteacher: Mr Gary Lewis
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