Here are some useful links to help you explore options in education, employment and training after Year 11 (Post-16):

Department for Education Post-16 Choices

What is Further Education and how do Diploma courses compare to A levels?
Find out more here

Next Steps after Year 11: West Suffolk College have produced a new follow-up video for Year 11 students and their parents/carers. The video provides a guide to applications, resources, virtual tours and a Q&A section. For more information, please click here


What are the choices?
Post-16, students can choose to:

  • apply to study A Levels at a school Sixth Form or Sixth Form College (SFC)
  • apply to study for a Vocational qualification (e.g. BTEC, Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma) or T-Levels at a Further Education (FE) college or SFC where these are offered
  • apply for an apprenticeship
  • apply for a traineeship
  • apply for an internship
  • work part-time or volunteer (20 hours or more per week) alongside education or training (part-time) until the age of 18 years


Further Education (FE) Colleges


West Suffolk College

Suffolk New College (including Suffolk Rural, Ipswich and On the Coast campuses)


City College Norwich

College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn/Wisbech

East Coast College, Lowestoft/Great Yarmouth

Easton College


Cambridge Regional College

College of West Anglia, Milton


Sixth Form Colleges (SFC)


Abbeygate Sixth Form College

Suffolk One Sixth Form College


City College Sixth Form Centre

Dereham SFC

East Norfolk SFC

Lowestoft SFC

Paston College SFC (part of City College)


Hills Road Sixth Form College

Long Road Sixth Form College


Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Internships

see Apprenticeship links on FE Colleges websites and:

Internships and volunteering | Undergraduate, 16-18 Choices | UCAS

For more information:

Visit related pages on the Careers site:  Apprenticeships/Job Opportunities, Higher Education (HE), Parents/Carers, Useful Careers Websites and Virtual Work Experience pages on this Careers website.

Students: Use our Xello careers platform to explore college and career options in more depth.


National Careers Week


Careers Programme

Careers Update

Destinations Data

Higher Education (HE)




Useful Careers Websites

Virtual/ Online Work Experience