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Post-16 Pathways

Not everyone is sure what their options are after Year 11.  At Park High School all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning and preparing for their futures.
Careers education is delivered through our personal, social, health and citizenship education programme (PSHCEe).  In addition our careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programme is progressive from Year 7 to Year 13 and incorporates the Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance.

Mrs Foster, our full time careers and employability coordinator, and Olivia Fiszzon, level 7 qualified, external careers adviser, provide exceptional support to students, parents and carers. 

The Careers & Employability room is based in the Park Block, which has an extensive resource library available to students and their parents/carers. Parents/Carers and students can consult our specialist careers staff at any time currently via email or telephone. 

Mrs Donna Foster

Careers & Employability Coordinator & Careers Lead

Email: dfoster4.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

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Park High School is very proud to have been awarded the prestigious Quality in Careers Standard, accredited by Investor in Careers since December 2018, in recognition of our outstanding CEIAG - Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance provision.

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Careers & Employability

What are your options

You must stay in learning until you are 18. There are three main options after Year 11:

  • Full-time education​
  • Apprenticeships or Traineeships​
  • Part-time training with a job, self-employment or voluntary work​

You ​will need to decide which option is best for ​you.

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Full time Education

A Levels, BTEC, T Levels and NVQS, are academic or job-related courses to suit ALL ability levels.

You can study at a Sixth Form, College, University Technical College or a Training provider. 

Make sure you research the courses available to find out what best suits you and the career you want. Make sure you attend open days​ to find out more about the institution and the courses they offer​, see what support and guidance is available, check their entry requirements and application deadlines.

Full-time education may be a good option if you are planning to go to university, enjoy studying or want to study further before getting a job or an apprenticeship​.

Apprenticeships & Traineeships​

An apprenticeship is a skilled job with training. Every apprentice is guaranteed a minimum wage linked to their age. They're available at all academic levels - whether you are leaving school without GCSEs or completing your A-levels. There are apprenticeships in industries like engineering, health and accountancy - plus a host of careers you'd never think of. Entry requirements for Apprenticeships vary but generally:

Level 3 apprenticeship ​(Advanced Apprenticeship) = to 2 A levels​ and 4 / 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English and maths)​

Level 2 apprenticeships​ (intermediate apprenticeship) = 5 GCSEs​, some 4s at GCSE

Apprenticeships may be a good option for you if you want to start work, earn money and gain valuable skills and get a job related qualification. 

Traineeships might be a good option for you if you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship. Traineeships are unpaid but can help you get the knowledge, skills and experience to get you on to an apprenticeship. They are usually between 3 and 6 months long and include help with English and maths​.

Jobs with training

You can work or volunteer full-time after Year 11​ but you must also study or train at the same time. This means that you must study/train for a minimum of 280 tutor led learning hours a year. This may be ​1 day a week over a year, ​or ​through evening or distance learning​.

How to decide?

Deciding on where and how you progress to the next stage of education can be a difficult decision to make. Consider the following:

  • Subjects you enjoy and what are your subject strengths.
  • Your expected grades​ and what your teachers think you will achieve.
  • Do you prefer to learn through studying for exams​, coursework or practical work?
  • What are your career ideas/goals and research those careers and the pathways into those careers.
  • What you like doing in your spare time and what you do not like doing.
  • Keep your options open, research all your potential pathways.
  • Try not let anyone influence your decision. It should be yours and yours alone.

Take a look at our student resources page, there is a wealth of information regarding subject related careers and links to more information.

Student Careers Resources

If you are still unsure please visit the Careers & Employability room in the Park block or email Mrs Foster dfoster4.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk.

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Explore your choices

Careerpilot have put together some information about post 16 choices

Your Choices at 16

Local Colleges

Park High Sixth Form


  • Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 1PL

8th October External students Sixth Form Open Evening

12th November Internal students Sixth Form Open Evening

Barnet Southgate College 




Capel Manor College 


  • Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 4RQ

Further to our Virtual Open Day, you can now discover all our environmental courses on demand.

Watch here

City and Islington College 


  • Sixth Form College and Centre for Applied Sciences, Angel 
  • Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, Camden Road 
  • Centre for Lifelong Learning, Finsbury Park 

Virtual Event Replays

If you missed our virtual open days, you can tune in again by replaying the event on our youtube channel:

City of Westminster College


We will be holding a Virtual Open Day soon. Find out more about our facilities and the subjects you are interested in, online and via our virtual webinars.  

Our Virtual Open Day information will allow you to access:

  • A video from our Vice Principal, James Wilson giving an informative talk about City of Westminster College 
  • Links to all of our subject areas
  • Information about our facilities 
  • Online application links
  • Information on financial support, careers advice, additional learning support and more

CWC Intro

City of Westminster College Open event from 17 -20 March.  Use the link below to check which date your subject area is.


If you're looking to study in September 2021, these Virtual Open Days will give you all the information you need to begin making your application to the City of Westminster College. All you have to do is register for the event(s) you want to attend, and you'll be emailed instructions on how to join. We can't wait to welcome you to our Virtual Open Days!

College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London 


  • Tottenham Centre
  • Enfield Centre

At The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London we have helped thousands of students to achieve their ambitions. Find out how you can join them and get the skills you need for your future, whether you’re planning to go to university or employment, at one of our open days! You can even have an interview and receive an offer for your course, all on the same day.


College of North West London


The College of North West London is a vibrant Further Education college with campuses located in Willesden and Wembley Park, in the London Borough of Brent. We also run a Construction Skills Centre in the heart of the King's Cross area. The College specialises in technical and professional courses focused on delivering the skills and qualifications necessary to help our students develop a career, get an apprenticeship or progress to university. We are part of the United Colleges Group.

Virtual tour


Virtual Open days

Prospective students are required to register to attend a Virtual Open Day so that we can securely send you the links to the virtual classrooms.


Harrow College 



Subject Area 

Session Recording

Art & Design and Architecture. 


Business Studies 


Computing & IT 


Construction, Plumbing & Electrical Instillation 






Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy 


Health & Social Care and Childcare 




Media & Film Studies 




Sport Science 


HCUC Apprenticeship & Skills


HCUC Apprenticeship & Skills  - Apprenticeships and Employer Services from 

We are the largest College apprenticeship provider in west London and one of the THE HIGHEST RANKED COLLEGE IN LONDON for 16-18 year old achievement* in London.

HCUC - the new name for the merger of Uxbridge College and Harrow College

On 1 August 2017 Uxbridge and Harrow Colleges merged to become HCUC. The Colleges are officially part of the same organisation and work together to provide the best opportunities to students, but keep their individual names and campuses. As well as keeping their current identities each college continues to run the majority of their current courses for the foreseeable future.

The merger of the two Colleges into a single legal entity took place in order to maximise future opportunities for students, employers and local communities, through a combination of preserving current provision, and pooling resources and expertise to develop education and training.

While Uxbridge College and Harrow College continue to operate using their individual college names serving their local and regional communities, the Uxbridge College Corporation (the Governing Body), which oversees the running of both Colleges, was renamed HCUC to reflect the enlarged remit of serving Uxbridge and Harrow Governors following the 1 August 2017 merger.


30 March HCUC Apprenticeships Open Day

HCUC Apprenticeship & Skills  - Apprenticeships and Employer Services from Harrow College and Uxbridge College.

We are the largest College apprenticeship provider in west London and one of the THE HIGHEST RANKED COLLEGE IN LONDON for 16-18 year old achievement* in London.

Register below for our Virtual Open Day session for Apprenticeships on 30 March, 6-7pm and we will send you the zoom log in details the day before the open day!


London Design & Engineering UTC 


  • London Design & Engineering UTC, 15 University Way, Royal Docks, London, E16 2RD

Virtual open evenings



Below is a link to a short clip about LDE .


The virtual tour of LDE and our incredible facilities.


Stanmore College 


  • Elm Park, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4BQ

Stanmore College is set in a suburban residential district of northwest London in the London Borough of Harrow. It has excellent transport links as you will see below and a lot of eateries and shops to choose from on the main high street.

The College is a lively and friendly place, with a great atmosphere and exciting opportunities!

It offers a wide range of full-time  coursescourses for students who have done their GCSEs and a range of progression opportunities including apprenticeships and higher level education for adults. Ofsted says learners benefit from very good care and guidance.


See the recordings of the previous live virtual Open Events.


UTC Heathrow


  • UTC Heathrow, Potter Street, Northwood HA6 1QG

UTC Heathrow Virtual Open Event

As we were unable to hold our Open Day at Potter Street due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we hosted our first virtual open day on Wednesday 1 July using the Zoom video platform instead.

Click on the video below to watch it back!


Uxbridge College


Subject Area 

Session Recording  

Art, Design, Fashion & Graphics  


Media, Video Production & Journalism  


Performing Arts - Music, Drama & Dance  


Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing & Specialist Make Up  


A Levels, Sixth Form & Science  


Childcare and Health & Social Care 


Professional Cookery  


Public Services 




Travel & Tourism 




Computing & Games Development  




Building Services, Plumbing & Electrical Installation & Motor Vehicle Maintenance 




ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) 


Teacher Training 


Higher Education & West London Institute of Technology Courses  


 17 March from 3pm Virtual Open Day 

If you are considering joining college in September 2021, an Open Day is your chance to find out more and see if it's right for you. Find out about our courses, our staff expertise and what our students think about us!

Our next VIRTUAL OPEN DAY will be held on

Wednesday 17 March 2021, from 3pm onwards on Zoom.


Virtual Open Day Schedule 

Time              Subject Area & Zoom Link Subject Area & Zoom Link 3:00 pm

A Levels & Vocational Science

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 845 3552 9881

Passcode: 630692


Click here to join

Meeting ID: 829 5176 3115  

Passcode: 143600

3:30 pm

Professional Cookery 

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 844 3144 7542  

Passcode: 289386

Building Services Engineering & Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 863 7287 7240  

Passcode: 079764

4:00 pm

Health & Social Care 

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 858 6312 2791  

Passcode: 497759


Click here to join

Meeting ID: 848 9556 8256  

Passcode: 738336

4:30 pm


Click here to join

Meeting ID: 868 1307 6787  

Passcode: 965708

Computing & Games Development

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 875 1574 1971  

Passcode: 019247

5:00 pm

Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing & Specialist Media Make Up 

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 819 2763 4531  

Passcode: 459795

Business & Accounting 

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 890 4076 2196  

Passcode: 093619

5:30 pm

Music & Performing Arts 

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 847 6206 5312  

Passcode: 266900

Travel & Tourism 

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 835 6497 2311  

Passcode: 219066

6:00 pm

Media, Video Production & Journalism

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 893 5570 7361  

Passcode: 767003


Click here to join

Meeting ID: 818 7918 4418  

Passcode: 499062

6:30 pm

Art & Design 

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 875 7458 8468  

Passcode: 450942

Public Services

Click here to join

Meeting ID: 880 2413 1364  

Passcode: 384572

West Herts College


There’s no better way to get an insight into life at West Herts College than a Digital Open Evening.

Discover your options, explore the campus and facilities and speak to expert staff. You can experience all this from the comfort of your own home with West Herts College's Digital Open Evening on Wednesday 3 March from 5pm – 7pm.

Book your place here now and expect a range of interactive experiences and live talks to find out everything you need to know about studying at West Herts College.

What can you study at Hemel Hempstead? What can you study at Watford?

Access to Higher Education

Applied Science



Civil Engineering

Childcare and Education


Construction Management

Construction Skills

Digital Content Production

Digital Gaming


Electrical Installation

Forensic Science

Health and Social Care

Healthcare Science

Motor Vehicle


Travel and Tourism

Trowel Trades











Art and Design

Applied Science

Beauty Therapy


Business with Applied Law



Digital Content Production

Digital Gaming

Digital Illustration and Animation

Education and Early Years


Fine Art

Football Programme

Forensic Science

Graphic and 3D Design


Health and Social Care

Hospitality and Events Management

Media and Journalism

Musical Theatre

Music Practice and Music Production

Performing Arts

Production Arts

Professional Cookery



Public Services


Travel and Tourism

West London College


Westminster Kingsway College


At Westminster Kingsway College we have helped thousands of students to succeed and it can all begin here for you too – tune into one of our online, virtual open events to find out more!


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