Start planning your future now

What are your Post-16 options?

Go to a school 6th form, college or 6th form college

Start an apprenticeship, study programme or supported internship.

For more information visit our Post-16 options page

Research your career ideas!

There are many different careers out there, but you need to know if they will suit you. People who work with computers need to be good at maths, and to work with people or animals you need to be very caring and patient.


Visit the National Careers Service website:

Watch people talking about their jobs:

No career ideas? Don't worry.

Your school might have Kudos or JED (Job Explorer Database) careers programmes and should be able to give you an access code. These ask a series of questions about your interests, skills and work preferences and then suggest jobs for you.

Or you could register at  which is similar and free.

Preference Forms

If you live in Birmingham, you and your family will be asked to fill in a preference form. On this form you will need to list your choices even if you want to stay at school after Year 11.


If you want to go to college, you will also need to apply to these as well

Start looking at further education now by visiting college and school websites. Also try and find out if they are offering virtual tours or open days:

Use the National Careers Service course directory:


or Birmingham Careers Service College information:

If you would like to start working and learning at the same time, through an apprenticeship

What about a supported internship? A few special schools, colleges and training providers are offering these. Do look at their websites through the links above​


Entry Requirements

You will need to look at what qualifications you may need to start on a course. You can do this by asking your Form Tutor or looking at your last school report. This will also be discussed in your careers guidance interview and EHCP review meeting. Application forms will ask if you have an EHCP – it is important that you tick this box.


Careers Guidance Interview

Your school will arrange for you to have an interview, but you can also request one by talking to your Form Tutor. The professionally qualified Careers Adviser will be able to offer impartial advice and guidance about your options after school and courses and levels that will suit you.