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Transition to Further Education - Post 16


Schools sixth form admissions

Our Gloucestershire schools sixth form admission arrangements - Sept 2024 entry information booklet tells you about schools in Gloucestershire with sixth form provision and their entry requirements.

At the end of the booklet you will find a section called post 16 providers, which will tell you about options other than sixth form available after year 11, such as college or work-based learning providers.

If you are in year 11 or below, you will need to remain in education, training or employment with training until at least your 18th birthday.

Staying in full time education after year 11 is the right choice for many people, however, you do not need to stay at the same school and A-Levels are not the only option. Schools and colleges also offer BTEC and NVQ courses.

There are a number of ways to train or study:

  • Studying full time in school or college, or with a training provider
  • Working or volunteering full time, while continuing with part-time education or training
  • Taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship

Staying in education

If you decide to stay in education we recommend that you:

  • attend the open evenings at the schools or colleges you are considering (details of open days/evenings can be obtained direct from the chosen school or schools by contacting them or looking at their website);
  • read the prospectus from the schools or colleges you are considering; and
  • think carefully about the subjects you want to study.

For admission to a school’s sixth form we recommend that you read their information in our information booklet to help you understand how your application for a place will be considered (admission to a college is not regulated in the same way).


Transition chat

What is transition chat?

Transition chat is led by Young Gloucestershire. The purpose of the service is to work with young people in Year 11, who are at risk of being Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) following their secondary school education.

The service supports young people who may have faced a variety of barriers or challenges stopping them from moving onto their next educational steps or they may not know what they would like to do next.

How does it work?

Once a referral has been reviewed and agreed to progress, Young Gloucestershire will assign a youth worker to the young person who will meet with them and schedule regular individual sessions. The sessions will offer a person-centred approach to meeting the young person’s needs and also their aspirations.

How long does the support last?

The allocated youth worker will support the young person up until the point where they transition into post 16 provision, unless it is mutually agreed at an earlier stage that this service is no longer required.

For more information take a look at our transition chat 2021/2-22 leaflet.


Post 16 Visual Pathway

The post 16 pathways visual document encapsulates the local offer in Gloucestershire for all young people aged 16-25.

It is fully interactive - all the information provided within the document can be found on our local offer website, and can be printed on A3 to be annotated. This tool is useful for young people and their families from year 9 onwards to explore the different options and routes that can be taken.

Please note: To be able to click on the titles of each section to take you to the corressponsding webpage you will need to view the image in a PDF document here.