Year 11 choices
Information about moving on from Aylsham High School
All year 11 students in England, who are 16 by 31st August, will officially leave school on the last Friday in June. Students must then do one of the following until their 18th birthday:
- stay in full-time education, for example at a college or sixth form
- start an apprenticeship or traineeship
- spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, whilst undertaking accredited part-time learning or training alongside this.
Careers Provision for year 11 students
We support all students to make a positive plan for their future education, or employment with training.
Our careers provision for year 11 students includes:
- Events, assemblies and talks to provide impartial information about the full range of post-16 options and educational providers.
- A booklet, entitled ‘What’s Next After GCSEs’, which contains all the key information students and parents/careers may need, in order to make post-16 choices.
- Regular communication through our social media channels and a weekly bulletin, ‘Future Focus’; to inform year 11 families about college open days and other opportunities.
- A dedicated session in school to explain the process of applying to college and to register students for ‘Help You Choose.’
- Individual personal guidance appointments with our qualified and experienced Careers Adviser, Mrs Emma Durand. Request an appointment here.
- Referrals to Apprenticeships New Anglia who can offer tailored mentoring and support for students who would like to secure an apprenticeship.
Our students leave us to attend a wide range of different colleges and sixth forms which meet their personal needs and aspirations. Please visit their websites, below, for up-to-date information about courses, entry requirements and open days.
- Access Creative College, Norwich
Vocational courses in music, performance, game design, digital media, game design, event management
- City College Norwich
A Levels and a huge range of vocational courses
- City of Norwich (CNS) School
- Community Sports Foundation (in partnership with Hellesdon High School)
Football Education Programmes and PE Teaching courses, incorporating Level 3 Sport Qualification
- Easton College (now part of City College)
Vocational courses in agriculture, equine and animal studies, sport and public services
- Hellesdon Sixth Form
A Levels and some vocational BTEC courses
- Jane Austen College, Norwich
Arts, humanities and social science A Levels. In partnership with Isaac Newton College
- Notre Dame High School Sixth Form, Norwich
- Paston College, North Walsham (now part of City College)
A Levels and a range of vocational BTEC courses
- Reepham College
- Sheringham Sixth Form
A Levels and a limited number of Level 2/3 vocational courses
- Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form College, Norwich
A levels in STEM subjects. In partnership with Jane Austen Sixth Form
- St Edmunds Society Norwich (St Eds)
Level 1 vocational courses in Construction, Catering & Hospitality,
Transport Maintenance for Motorcycles, Hair & Beauty and Health & Social Care
- Taverham Sixth Form
A Levels, some BTEC courses and a Level 2 ‘Access to Level 3’ Foundation course
- Thorpe St Andrew Sixth Form
A Levels and vocational (BTEC) courses which can also be combined
- University Technical College, Norwich (UTCN)
STEM A Levels with engineering or computing pathways
- Wymondham College Sixth Form
A Levels. Boarding provision available (fee paying)
Every year, some students choose to continue their education at an independent, fee-paying, school which they feel may cater for their extra-curricular talents and/or academic interests. Students who excel academically and/or in the fields of: sport, music, art or drama may be awarded a scholarship, which can sometimes carry a small fee remission. Some students may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested bursary to help pay fees and other costs. Application deadlines are usually in mid-November. Students have recently attended a range of schools, including:
- Norwich School (at The Cathedral) – A Levels.
- Norwich High School for Girls – A Levels.
- Framlingham College, Suffolk – A Levels. Boarding.
- Gresham's School – A Levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB). Boarding.
- Langley School – A Levels. Boarding.
Help You Choose
Students are encouraged to apply for college or sixth form through Norfolk County Council's careers website and Common Application System, Help You Choose. All students are introduced to this website, and register for it, during the Autumn Term. Please visit Help You Choose to access a huge wealth of advice and guidance about post-16 choices, including information about: travel, bursaries, work experience, volunteering, open days, and apprenticeships.
Guidelines about using Help You Choose, can be found here.
How to choose your A Level subjects
It can be difficult to narrow down your options to 3, or occasionally 4, A Levels.
Focus on choosing the subjects you enjoy at the moment and are doing well in. You will usually need a grade 6+ in that subject, or a related one, to study it at A Level. You could also consider something new that interests you - for example: psychology, law, sociology, economics, criminology, politics. If you want to go to university, always look ahead to entrance requirements for courses you might want to consider, to make sure you have the right combination. For example, maths and physics for engineering or biology and chemistry for medicine.
Here are some useful links with tools and advice to help you decide:
Russell Group - Informed Choices
The Uni Guide - A Level Explorer
Careerpilot : Choosing your A Levels
Timeline for applications
Applications for colleges open in early October. All colleges fill courses on a first-come, first-served basis, in date order of application. Some colleges have deadlines in November or December, whereas others will continue to accept applications until courses are full. It is therefore important to apply as early as possible and certainly before Christmas. Popular vocational courses at City College, in particular, are oversubscribed each year. Many students apply to more than one college, or for more than one course, and then decide on their preferred destination or subject/course in the Spring or Summer terms.
Access a Year 11 Calendar here.
Students considering a career in the Royal Navy or Marines, British Army or the Royal Air Force should contact the Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) in Magdalen Street, Norwich. Recruitment Officers representing all three Armed Services will be able to provide specialist and up-to-date advice about the many options for applying at 16+, 18+, or as a graduate. Tel: 01603 624616.
Apprenticeships can be a great alternative to college or sixth form, for students who are keen to start working, earning, and learning on the job. Please visit our apprenticeships area for more information.