At the end of year 11 your son or daughter has the option to leave their current school and many students make the choice of moving into Further Education (College).
Further education courses gives your son or daughter the opportunity to gain qualifications in a subject that they have never studied before or acquire qualifications that are relevant to a particular type of job such as hairdressing or motor vehicle. There is also the option of studying A Levels.
Courses are offered at different levels. For example there are level 1 courses for students that have gained GCSE grades E to G, Level 2 for those who have gained C and D grades at GCSE plus level 3 for those who are have gained GCSE grades C or above. The duration of the courses can be different and range between one and two years. Students may have the opportunity to progress onto further study depending on their previous year’s achievement.
Each course will have specific entry criteria especially in English, Maths and possibly Science, so it is very important to check the individual course requirements against your son or daughter’s predicted grades!
Visit the Your Choice in Medway website www.yourchoiceinmedway.org.uk to find information regarding the local Further Education colleges and course available in the area.
How to apply
Each Further Education College will have open days to enable you and your child to visit and find out information regarding individual courses. The open events will be advertised on individual college websites and usually start around November.
Once you have visited the college and chosen a course you will need to make an application – some courses are very popular so make an application as soon as possible!
Students can apply using a paper application form available in the individual college prospectus or online via the college website. Your son or daughter can also apply on line using www.ucasprogress.com and a user name and password for the website will be sent direct to your home address during the autumn term when your child is in year 11.