After Year 11


If you are unsure about what you want to do after Year 11, you can speak to someone at Youth Direction who will be able to give you lots of information about what's available and what will work best to help you become who you want to be!

Here's some quick info which might help you decide what is right for you.


Further Education (F.E.) college programmes can be vocational, aimed at the world of work. Courses run from entry level, where no GCSE’s are required, to advanced level where GCSE grades 4 or above are needed. Vocational courses are usually assessed by coursework and there may be a chance to do some work experience. 

Sixth form colleges tend to offer A levels and/or some vocational qualifications, depending upon the College. A levels are academic courses where single subjects are studied in depth. To study A levels, it is important that you are aware of the specific entry requirements for the course, available from individual colleges.  Most A levels would require at least 5 or more GCSE grades above a grade 4.

Traineeships prepare you for your future careers by helping you to become “work ready”. They provide essential work preparation training, Maths and English and work experience needed to compete successfully for jobs, including Apprenticeships, or to progress to further education. For more information about Traineeships please visit

Apprenticeships provide work-based training with an employer for those who want to learn new skills and gain qualifications. You may have to find your own employer and you will have to spend some time in a centre with a Training Provider or at College doing written work. You can find out more about apprenticeships by going to


Youth Direction
Tel: 01642 677600
Address: One Stop Shop, 16 Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TX
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