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Careers information advice and guidance

Careers information advice and guidance

Most young people stay on in full-time education after year 11. This can be:

  • at a further education college (such as North Lindsey College)
  • at a sixth form college (such as John Leggott College) or 
  • in a school sixth form (such as Baysgarth, Sir John Nelthorpe or the Vale Academy)

There are lots of courses on offer at different levels:

  • general or academic courses such as A levels or GCSEs in subjects you will be familiar with from school. These include English, mathematics, biology or geography as well as new subjects you may not have studied before - for example politics, photography or geology 
  • vocational courses in employment sectors - for example construction, health and social care or business, as well as courses for specific jobs such as hairdressing, plastering or motor vehicles

The new study programme for 16-19 year olds consists of around 600 learning hours per academic year (540 minimum). It contains either an academic programme or a substantial vocational qualification. It includes a mixture of qualification and non-qualification. For example tutorial and work experience hours. 

Learners who haven’t yet achieved GCSE Grade C in English and maths at 16 will continue to study these subjects. They will do this by taking functional skills or similar provision to enable them to work towards their GCSE achievement. 

If you are in year 11 now you will have to be in some kind of recognised education or training until at least your 18th birthday. No one will be forced to stay at school and there are lots of choices including part-time education or training alongside work. This will involve working towards a nationally recognised qualification as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week. For more information visit raising the participation age.

If you are unemployed and looking for work or training, the following sections can help you.

What I could do with...

If you know what your favourite subjects are, or which A levels and vocational courses you are thinking of taking. But still you aren't sure where it could lead, take a look at our "what I could do with" information below:

Art and Design [PDF, 75Kb]

Biology [PDF, 74Kb]

Business Studies / Business Administration and Finance [PDF, 159Kb]

Chemistry [PDF, 74Kb]

Construction and the Built Environment [PDF, 159Kb]

Design and Technology [PDF, 74Kb]

Engineering [PDF, 159Kb]

English [PDF, 74Kb]

Environmental and Land-based Studies [PDF, 159Kb]

Geography [PDF, 74Kb]

Hair and Beauty Studies [PDF, 159Kb]

Health and Social Care / Society, Health & Development [PDF, 159Kb]

History [PDF, 75Kb]

Hospitality / Catering / Food Technology [PDF, 159Kb]

Humanities [PDF, 74Kb]

Information Technology [PDF, 74Kb]

Languages [PDF, 74Kb]

Maths [PDF, 73Kb]

Media Studies [PDF, 159Kb]

Performing Arts [PDF, 128Kb]

Physics [PDF, 74Kb]

Public and Uniformed Services [PDF, 159Kb]

Retail Business [PDF, 159Kb]

Science [PDF, 75Kb]

Social Sciences [PDF, 159Kb]

Sport and Active Leisure [PDF, 159Kb]

Travel and Tourism [PDF, 159Kb]

Deciding whether to take A / AS subjects is a complicated and important task. The Options at 16 - AS / A level information leaflet [PDF, 1Mb] will help you to consider some of the main issues.

If you want to find information on over 750 jobs, and make sure you have the right skills and qualifications, visit the Job Profiles section on the National Careers Service Website. You can also find out about what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and what the career prospects are.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

UCAS is a central organisation which processes applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK Universities and Colleges. For more information visit the UCAS website

GAP Year

Gap Year is a website providing information and help about GAP year activities

Student Finance

Student Finance England provides information on what student finance is available and how to apply.

University and Higher Education

The University and Higher Education portal provides information to help students decide whether to enter higher education. It covers institutions, courses, financial advice, the application process and student life.

Keep on Learning - information for parents/carers

Raising the Participation Age (RPA) came into effect from summer 2013. If your son or daughter is currently in Year 11 or below this will affect them.

What is RPA?

The Government is raising the age at which young people are required to participate in education or training. If your son or daughter is currently in Year 11, they will have to continue in education or training until at least the end of the school year in which they turn 17. (And of course they are then able to continue beyond that if they want to). If they are currently in Year 10 or below, they will have to continue until at least their 18th birthday.

This does not necessarily mean they will have to stay on at school after Year 11. They will still be able to work full-time if they choose to. They will have a choice about how they want to participate post-16. This could be through:

  • full-time education, such as school or college
  • work-based learning such as an Apprenticeship
  • part-time education or training if they are employed, self employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

Why make this change?

The Government wants to give all young people the opportunity to develop the skills they need for adult life and to achieve their full potential.

Participating in learning for longer means young people are more likely to get the skills and qualifications that will open doors to future employment. It will help them make the most of their potential and earn more over their lifetime.

Evidence shows that not being in education, employment or training at age 16-18 means young people are more likely to be unemployed, earn less, have a criminal record and suffer from poor health and depression over their lifetime.

What does this mean for you?

The legal requirement to participate will be on your son or daughter. At 16, young people should be starting to make, and take responsibility for, the decisions that affect their future.

However, we also know that your children look to you for advice and support as they make these decisions. We know that you will want to do all you can to

RPA took effect from the last day of the academic year in summer 2013. Young people with an offer of a place are not expected to participate until the start date of their course. For example in most instances the September following the summer break.

Support your children to make the right decision for them as they choose between their education and training options

Making choices about education and training can be a challenge, so your child will receive support to help them choose well. The careers information they will receive includes options information from school and online resources. Your child will receive careers advice and guidance from many people, including their subject teachers, careers co-ordinators or careers advisers. This will help them to think through their ideas and weigh up the pros and cons of different options.

More information

Please contact us if you need any further information and we will be happy to help. 

The Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Team evolved out of the former Connexions Service for young people. We provide careers information, advice and guidance to young people in North Lincolnshire. We work with young people aged 13-19 (and up to 25 years old for those with learning difficulties/disabilities) in schools, colleges and other settings. We work with young people who have left education and are NEET (not in employment, education or training).

A team of qualified careers guidance advisers provide targeted advice and in depth careers guidance to young people who fall into specific vulnerable groups in all our secondary schools. 

In addition we work in partnership with the following schools to help them meet their new duty to provide all students with access to independent and impartial careers guidance:

  • Baysgarth School
  • Frederick Gough School
  • Huntcliff School
  • Melior Community Academy
  • Sir John Nelthorpe School
  • The St Lawrence Academy
  • The Axholme Academy 
  • Winterton Community Academy

If you are in year 11 you can apply for post 16 opportunities using the online application: 

Post 16 Online Application

 A copy of the application form will be sent to the institutions you select.

When the institution receives your application they will send you an acknowledgement and you will be offered an interview at each institution that you apply to.

Every student who completes an application form is guaranteed an interview. 

Contact details


01724 298554

Information, Advice & Guidance Team
Church Square House
30-40 High Street
DN15 6NL

Opening hours

Monday - Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 01/02/2016
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