Post-16 Pathways

There are many different routes now available after completion of GCSEs and students leave Secondary school. Below is a summary of each of the available qualifications and options available to students, as well as some local providers of further education and their contact details: 

Click Here to View the Surrey County Council Post 16 Route Planner Document



A-Levels are a traditionally academic route, they require a lot of independent study, reading, essay writing and revision.  A-levels keep options open and are the usual route into university or higher (degree level) apprenticeships. It is important to make sure that the choice of A-levels is ‘fit for purpose.  Doing some research for which A-levels are needed for university courses is important as there are some degrees and university courses which require you to have very specific A levels.  



Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job whilst also studying part time. They are often paid, so offer the opportunity to learn while earning a wage. Apprentices have the opportunity to work alongside experienced staff and gain skills unique to the workplace, as well as an increasingly well-respected qualification. They are often completed over a period o of one to four years. 



A BTec is a vocational qualification, which means that it has a career focus and is centred around the world of work. Students would study to gain skills and knowledge in their subject area, putting those skills into practice in real-life situations. 


Higher National Diplomas 

Higher National Diplomas (HND) aim to provide more options for practical learning, this means they are less classroom-based than more traditional A-levels, and have been designed to encourage more young people to continue studying. They are ideal for those who are aiming to work in a specific and specialist industry. 


A National Vocational Qualification (Level 1, 2 or 3) 

A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is a work-based way of learning, it is carried out at a college, school, or sometimes workplace. Each NVQ level involves a range of on-the-job tasks and activities that are designed to test you on your ability to do a job effectively and ultimately qualify you for that role. 



T Levels are equivalent to 3 A levels, they run over 2 years with the intention to deliver content that meets the needs of the industry and prepares students for work, further training, or study. They offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience by providing an industry placement while on the course. 



Traineeships are skills development programmes that include work placements. They can last from 6 weeks up to a 1 year, most traineeships last for less than 6 months, followed by employment at the end. 


Salesian Sixth Form (1km)  

Offers a range of A-Levels, BTecs and T-Levels 


Brooklands College (Weybridge Campus) (4km)  

Offers a wide range of vocational and apprenticeship courses to suit any starting point or qualification. 


Heathside Sixth Form (4km) 

Offers a range of A-Level qualifications. 


St Pauls Catholic College Sixth Form (9km) 

Offers a range of A-Levels and Btec courses 


Brooklands College (Ashford Campus) (10km) 

Offers a wide range of vocational and apprenticeship courses to suit any starting point or qualification. 


Woking College (12km)  

Offers a wide range of A-Level and Vocational courses  


Esher College (13km) 

Offers a range of A-Level and Btec courses  


Kingston College (17km)  

Offers a wide range of Btec, vocational and apprenticeship courses as well as some GCSEs and functional skill courses 


Guildford College (22km)  

Offers a range of A-Levels, Btecs and Apprenticeships  


Richmond College (23km)  

Offers A-Levels a range of vocational and technical qualifications and apprenticeships with excellent transport links 


Merrist Wood (27km)  

Offers a range of Vocational studies to suit learners of all starting points, with a focus on horticultural studies  

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