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Post 16 service

Post 16 service

Young people starting year 11 in September should begin to navigate the Post 16 prospectus to help them decide what and how they would like to study or train after secondary school.

The September that comes after young people turn 16, is when the Post 16 Service welcome you to the post 16 cohort. This is when most young people start year 12, this could be sixth form, further education college, an apprenticeship, or employment with training.

Starting year 12 or 13?

Once you are in year 12 or 13, we invite you to complete the Post 16 Activity Survey. Please share your Education, Employment or Training (EET) destination in September, if you are without a participation destination please see the post 16 prospectus at the earliest opportunity and contact us using the activity survey.

  • the Post 16 Service will get in contact and guide you to explore your options to achieve a sustainable EET progression route, we are here to support if anything changes throughout year 12 and 13.
  • remember to check entry requirements
  • use the prospectus to find a backup plan

Post 16 prospectus

If you're planning to start year 12 or year 13, have a look at the prospectus (PDF, 2.4mb).

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Post 16 Prospectus 2024/25

This prospectus provides contact details of sixth forms in Southwark and further education colleges in London, the student bursary criteria, and other useful information.

If you can't find what you're looking for, contact the sixth form or college direct.

Download the prospectus

Careers Guidance

All schools and training providers have a duty to offer careers guidance to young people to enable them to achieve their participation age. In summary all school leavers after year 11 must stay in some type of education or training until they're 18 years old. This is called the Raising the participation age  

We encourage young people to stay in education, employment or training beyond the age of 18.

Find more useful information on the National Careers Service or the UCAS Career finder website.

Find the latest developments and stay connected as you progress towards higher education or employment.

Contact us

You can securely complete the Post 16 Activity Survey  or email us Post 16 Service


Page last updated: 30 August 2023


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