What are my options after Year 11?

Careers East Sussex is a great source of advice for Post-16 options

All students are expected to complete their Post-16 applications via Careers East Sussex *.  There is a comprehensive list of Post-16 courses ranging from A-Levels, T-Levels and vocational courses on offer from all providers in East Sussex, as well as apprenticeship and training opportunities too. The site also offers careers advice and has a wealth of information for parents, students and careers leaders. Available here.  

It is statutory for all pupils and students to continue to engage in Post-16 education and or training. Whilst further academic learning is not always an option for every student, there are a range of training providers who provide training with employment, apprenticeships and other forms of learning while you learn opportunities.  These options can be discussed with the School’s Careers Adviser s.bray@gildredgehouse.org.uk  and an appointment can be booked during school time to discuss options and pathways.


There are three main opportunities students can choose for their Post-16 education/training:

  • Continue to study under the Study Programme at college, sixth form, college or training provider: either A-Levels, T-Levels or equivalent, or a mixed programme which could include some form of workplace experience or continued study of English and Maths towards a good GCSE grade. (See table below for local providers).*
  • Start an Apprenticeship or Traineeship - train for an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) while earning a wage or salary and learning the skills for a particular type of job. If you are 16-18 and want help applying for an apprenticeship or Traineeship contact: YES Youth Employability Service on 01323 410803 or 01424 722045 - or message them via Facebook/Twitter and Instagram.
  • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time accredited education or training. “Full-time” means for 20 or more hours each week. “Accredited” could be in work-based learning or by attending college as well as going to work for about a day each week


 T Levels 

What is a T-Level?  Hear from a student about their experience with these newer qualifications that involve learning as well as work based learning. Available here. 


What are Traineeships?  Watch a video and hear all about students and their experiences with their training courses. Available here. 


Local providers in our area who offer Post-16 training, apprenticeships and Level 3 courses are:

Provider  Training Apprenticeships A-Levels T-Levels BTECS/NVQ Level 1-2 courses

East Sussex College Group



Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Bexhill College 


No No Yes Yes Yes Yes



No No Yes Yes Yes Yes

DV8 Sussex


No No No No Yes Yes

Heathercroft Training


Yes Yes No No Yes Yes

Seaford Head Sixth Form 


No No Yes No Yes Yes

Hailsham Sixth Form

Course directory

No No Yes No Yes Yes

Wealden Works


Yes Yes No No No Yes

Crossland and Dudson


Yes Yes No No No  Yes


Applications to Brighton and Hove Sixth Forms and Colleges must be directed via the Sixth Form or College websites.  Careers East Sussex does not offer opportunities for electronic applications to any Brighton and Hove Post-16 institutions. Further advice and guidance on applying to institutions outside of East Sussex can be discussed with the School’s Careers Adviser s.bray@gildredgehouse.org.uk .