- A Levels - Level 3 qualifications which use exam based assessments. Typically students choose around 3 or 4 subjects to study at this level.
- International Baccalaureate - Level 3 qualification with core modules and elective modules. See section at the bottom of this page.
- BTEC - Level 1, 2 or 3 qualifications which are assessed through a portfolio of work and observations.
- Apprenticeship - Intermediate (Level 2); Advanced (Level 3); or Higher (Level 4 and above). Usually, you will be in paid employment for four or five days per week and study towards a qualification through flexible or online learning.
- Traineeship - A scheme for helping young people gain work skills before they move onto an apprenticeship or a job.
- Work with training - You can work for an employer, and the employer must allow you time to be able to study an accredited course (this can be flexible e.g. evenings, weekends, distance learning) for a minimum of 280 hours per calendar year.
- National Careers Service Course Directory
- UCAS Progress which has simple search tools for the region you want to search. You can set up an account, and use your account to apply to several 6th forms at a time.
- For a specialist Further Education college, Natspec has a directory of courses for students with learning difficulties or disabilities.
- Moving On magazine offers careers and qualification information.
- UCAS Progress have developed a page for parents supporting their child through the process of applying for their post-16 education or employment.
- The Careers Writers Association have developed a website where they bring together lots of information to help parents understand more about the processes and choices their child must make.
The IB Diploma is a 2-year course, at Level 3 (comparable with A Level) and is designed to encourage you to: learn how to learn; ask challenging questions; develop a strong sense of your own identity and culture; and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
The IB Diploma Programme is made up of a compulsory 'core', plus six optional subjects:
- Compulsory core elements: theory of knowledge, extended essay, CAS (creativity, action, service)
- Optional subjects: first language, second language, experimental sciences, mathematics and computer science, the arts, individuals and society
Colleges across London offer the IB Diploma, as well as other areas in the UK and internationally. Use the website ucasprogress to find local colleges where you can study the IB Diploma.
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