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Roman Catholic High School

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Let all our bright
colours shine.

Careers

What can I do after year 11 exams

There are many options open to you when you finish your exams. You could go on to study subject areas that could lead to university; you could choose to study vocational qualifications, take up an apprenticeship or look at careers in the armed forces.

Study full-time

Schools, colleges and training providers offer a range of subjects and courses which you can study full-time. You normally need to have at least five GCSE passes at grades 9 - 4.   Pupils apply for places and will be offered provisional places that will be based on outcomes of their school performance.

  • A Levels - Advanced level qualifications are subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work. You can normally study three or more A levels over two years. They’re usually assessed by a series of examinations.
  • BTECs -  are high-quality, career-focused qualifications grounded in the real world of work.  BTEC learners develop and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers and universities are looking for.
  • T-levels - these are relatively new, government-backed, career focused qualifications for 16- to 19-year olds. They are equivalent to three A-levels and are also backed by hundreds of British businesses, who helped to design the courses. They are another pathway to employment and university.       

Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Supported Internships

Apprenticeships provide learning and working all at the same time.   There are many types available and many offer opportunities to gain qualifications, work-experience and prepare you for the world of work at the end of the training.

Traineeships prepare you ready for work or for doing an apprenticeship. They last from six weeks to six months and provide essential work preparation training, literacy and numeracy skills and work experience to get an apprenticeship or other job.

Supported Internships  supported internships are a structured, work-based study programme for 16 to 24-year-olds with SEND, who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The core aim of a supported internship study programme is a substantial work placement, facilitated by the support of an expert job coach.  Supported interns are enrolled and supported by a learning provider, for example, a school or college, but spend most of their learning time - typically around 70% - in a workplace. The internships provide the opportunity for young people to achieve sustained, paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace

Armed forces apprenticeships

There are around 20,000 apprentices on a programme in the armed forces at any one time, ranging from engineering and construction to hospitality and animal care, with new schemes recently developed such as digital information.  Having a career devoted to serving your country is incredibly rewarding. Employees are known for their courage, commitment and discipline - three qualities that set them up for a long and successful career, whether they choose to stay in the armed forces or apply their skills elsewhere.  You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to travel and build a diverse skill set - all whilst bonding with a tight-knit group of colleagues that will become friends for life.                                                                                          And that’s not mentioning all the employee perks you can get, like FREE accommodation!

Whether you want to join the Army, RAF or Royal Navy, you can do so with an apprenticeship. The Ministry of Defence is the largest provider of apprenticeships in the UK offering over 20,000 different schemes. So you’re bound to find something that floats your battleship