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Further Education (FE)

There are different pathways that students can opt for in their post-16 further education (FE) choices. Each pathway have different assessment, teaching and progression routes allowing students a choice that most suits their individual needs.

Key points
  • Students should be inspired of all their different options in Years 7-9.
  • Key messages around work routes and careers should be reinforced in Years 10-11.
  • Avoid making judgements about the prestige and status of different pathways and providers in case you unwittingly influence your students inappropriately.

 

  • Use Enterprise Advisers and Business Networks to help tackle the cultural and social reasons why young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are in danger of being left behind.
  • Use Enterprise Advisers and Business Networks to share their education and career experience.
What are the FE options and what are the differences between them?
What are the FE Options?

There are six types of study to choose from and each have different teaching and assessment methods to support individual choices. These are:

  • Apprenticeships
  • A Levels
  • T Levels
  • Technical/vocational qualifications
  • Applied qualifications
  • Traineeships

More information on the video below or why not go to our dedicated page on Apprenticeships and Independent training providers.

 

Apprenticeships

 

Work alongside experienced staff to learn whilst earning a wage.

Age: 16 and over

Cost: free

Leads to: Higher education, another apprenticeship or another job

Might be good if: students want to have a real job whilst gaining a qualification

Top tips for young people is to register on the National Apprenticeship website, set their preferences and then job adverts with new positions will be emailed direct to them when they come in. They can do this on the Find an Apprenticeship page.

 

A Levels

 

Study several subjects at school, college or sixth form.

Age: 16 and over

Cost: free

Leads to: an apprenticeship, higher education or getting a job

Might be good if: students prefer learning in a classroom

T Levels

 

Get a mix of learning in the classroom and on the job.

Age: 16 to 19

Cost: free

Leads to: higher education, an apprenticeship or getting a job

Might be good if: students like to know what a career is like while continuing studies

For parent information on T levels check out the following resources. 

The National Careers Service website has been much improved with videos, resources and more on their dedicated page on T Levels. 

 

 

Technical / vocational qualifications

 

Gain skills and experience in a specific job or sector, such as childcare or engineering.

Age: 16 and over

Cost: free

Leads to: further study, volunteering or getting a job

Might be good if: students really like to work in a particular job or industry

 

If you are not sure of the right path for you why not do the Skills Assessment on the National Careers Service website?

 

 

Applied qualifications

 

For students who want to continue education in a school or college through applying their learning to a general job area such as Law or Creative and Media.

Age: 16 and over

Cost: free

Leads to: further study, higher education or getting a job

Might be good if: students do not like exams or would really like to work in a particular job or industry

**Applied qualifications are under review by the government and may not continue once T Levels are established.

 

 

Traineeships

 

Develop new skills in the workplace or classroom.

Age: 16 to 24

Cost: free

Leads to: an apprenticeship, getting a job or further study

Might be good if: students what to do an apprenticeship but do not feel ready yet

The provider directory on the independent training providers page is a good place to find out which providers offer traineeships.

 

 

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