Decisions Post-16

The Post-16 Directory

The Post-16 Directory that details the learning offer starting in September 2020 is available in the following document, Decisions Post-16 Directory (PDF, 6MB).

Introduction

Making decisions on what to study after the age of 16 can be difficult for many young people, as they want to make informed choices that give them the best chance to succeed in their learning and career goals.

That's why Bexley has created its Decisions Post-16 Directory. The directory provides information on:

  • the options and choices available post-16
  • how to find out more about the courses available
  • local post-16 open events; and
  • sources of further information that may be useful

Over the last year the number of higher and degree level apprenticeships has continued to grow, providing routes into employment that didn’t exist before. However, some careers still lend themselves better to higher education through the traditional academic route. The best route will depend on future job goals and so we encourage all young people to seek advice through their school or learning provider.

With the support of everyone around them, every young person in Bexley should be able to identify their future job goals and the education pathways available that will enable them to reach their aims.

We hope that the Decisions Post-16 Directory is useful for all young people looking to make informed choices about their future, in which we wish them every success.

Councillor John Fuller
Cabinet Member for Education
London Borough of Bexley

Participation duty

All young people are required to continue in some form of education and training until their 18th birthday. This could be through:

  • studying full-time at a school, college or training provider, or;
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship, or;
  • studying part-time while working or volunteering

Options and choices

There are three main learning and career pathways to choose from following GCSEs. Making the right decision requires careful consideration of interests, preferred learning method and future aspirations. It may also mean studying at a different institution.

Regardless of learning choice, it is a requirement for all young people who have not achieved a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths at GCSE to continue their study to achieve this.

Academic study

A-levels
A range of qualifications that support progression into university.

Applied general qualifications
Rigorous university-endorsed qualifications for those who want to continue their education through applied learning.

International Baccalaureate
An internationally recognised qualification, promoting breadth and depth of learning for those wanting to progress to university.

Specialist and Vocational Qualifications

Tech levels
Employer-endorsed qualifications for those who want to specialise in a particular occupation or industry sector.

Technical certificates
Employer-endorsed qualifications for those who need initial training before starting a tech level or entering a skilled trade.

Work-based study

Apprenticeships
A paying job with training that leads to employment and / or progression to advanced, higher and degree-level apprenticeship opportunities.

Traineeships
A programme to help young people secure a job or an apprenticeship, who do not yet have the right skills or experience.

Supported internships
Available to young people with a learning difficulty or learning disability who want to move into employment and need extra support.

Post-16 Open Events Diary

As well as researching options for post-16 education and training using the directory, you may wish to attend the following open events held by Bexley learning providers.

Provider

Date

Time

Beths Grammar School

Current Beths Year 11 students

External Year 11 students

 

Thursday 14 November

Thursday 21 November

 

5.30pm to 7pm

5.30pm to 8pm

Bexley Grammar School

Current BGS students

External students

 

Tuesday 19 November

 

5.30pm to 8pm

6.45pm to 8.30pm

Bexleyheath Academy

Thursday 7 November

5.30pm to 7.30pm

Blackfen School for Girls

Current Blackfen students

Hurstmere students

External students

 

Monday 14 October

 

5pm to 6pm

5.45pm to 6.45pm

6.30pm to 7.30pm

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School

Current CSGS Year 11 students

External Year 11 students

 

Wednesday 6 November

Wednesday 13 November (ticketed event)

 

3.10pm to 5.30pm

7pm to 9pm

Christ the King: St Mary’s

Partner school students

All other students

 

Saturday 16 November

 

10am to 11am

11am to 1pm

Cleeve Park School

Thursday 14 November

5pm to 7pm

Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy

Thursday 7 November 6pm to 8pm

Harris Academy Falconwood

Internal students

External students

 

Thursday 3 October

Thursday 10 October

 

6pm to 8pm

6pm to 8pm

Harris Garrard Academy

Thursday 14 November 5pm to 7pm

King Henry School

Wednesday 6 November 6pm to 8pm

London College of Performing Arts

Saturday 12 October 11.30am to 4.30pm

LSEC: Bexley Campus

Wednesday 30 October 4pm to 6pm

LSEC: Construction Campus

Wednesday 13 November 4pm to 6pm

Marlborough School

Please contact the school to arrange an appointment

Townley Grammar School

Thursday 7 November (ticketed event)

5.30pm to 8.30pm

Trinity School

Wednesday 30 October

6pm to 8pm

Welling School

Thursday 7 November

6pm to 8pm

Woodside School

Please contact the school to arrange an appointment

The following providers have open days and assessments throughout the year. Please visit their websites for dates and further information:

Parents / Carers checklist

  • encourage your son or daughter to research their options using the post-16 directory
  • check the dates of post-16 open events and put them in your diary
  • encourage your son or daughter to discuss their options with their school’s careers and education advice service, or contact the National Careers Service
  • ensure application forms are completed and submitted on time – sixth form and college applications typically open in October
  • if your son or daughter is interested in an apprenticeship or traineeship get them to register with the National Apprenticeship Service – a number of larger companies advertise their apprenticeship opportunities for school leavers between November and February
  • sign-up for the London Borough of Bexley’s jobs and opportunities for young people newsletter to receive information and inspiration on post-16 opportunities, and encourage your son or daughter to do the same
  • if you are worried about finances contact sixth forms, colleges and training providers and ask about the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund
  • support your son or daughter to develop a back-up plan, just in case

Further information

National Careers Service

For impartial and independent careers and education advice and guidance.

National Apprenticeship Service

Register and search for apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.