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What do I do after Y11?

Are you ready for the world of work? Or do you want to take your studies further?

So you now need to stay in education or training until you're at least 18 years old or you get a full level 3 qualification - whichever comes first.

But it doesn't just mean staying on at school after 16. Here are your options:

  • Option 1 - Stay on at sixth form
  • Option 2 - Go on to an apprenticeship
  • Option 3 - Study at a further education college
  • Option 4 - Get a job

Take your time, do your research and make an informed decision that's right for you.

How to decide

To help you decide which option to take you can:

  • Register your interest on the national apprenticeship website for apprenticeship vacancies.
  • Attend any options events or taster that learning providers might be holding.
  • Speak to a careers adviser in school.

Not ready for these options?

A foundation learning programme might be an option for you if you don't feel ready to start a course, go on to apprenticeship or get a job. Find out more about foundation learning in the work and training section.

Not sure what to do next?

Why not come to Derbyshire Skills Festival where you can speak to employers, colleges, training providers and voluntary organisations as well as try a new skill at have-a-go activity sessions.

The post-18 options booklet in the related documents section of this page will help you to make an informed decision. It tells you about the qualifications on offer, where you can study and what to do if you're thinking of going to university or know what job you want to do.