Post-16 Choices in Doncaster

At some point in Year 11 you will have a decision to make about how you are going to continue your education after your GCSE exams. This is known as your Post-16 destination.

Whether you’re thinking about classroom study in a Sixth Form, on-the-job training with an Apprenticeship, or hands-on, practical learning at a college, Doncaster has a huge wealth of options for young people when they leave school at 16.

Raising the Participation Age

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. This doesn’t mean that young people must stay in school or that young people can’t get a job. Young people can still leave school at the end of Year 11, however they must continue to participate in some form of learning until at least their 18th Birthday.

The main options are:

  • Full time education (school, college or training provider)
  • An apprenticeship/traineeship
  • Part-time education or training, combined with employment,self-employment or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

Find out more information on 'Raising the Participation Age'

Your Future, Your Choice

It’s important that you choose the right path for you and your future, no matter what area of work you aspire for, and to help you and your family make this important decision, we have created a ‘Look Ahead’ Post-16 options guide in collaboration with our partners in education to make this decision a little easier.

You can download the 'Look Ahead' post-16 guide below:

Look Ahead Post-16 Guide
Download (5.65MB - PDF)

There are lots of exciting changes afoot for education in Doncaster, with a big part of that focusing on our post-16 education and training offer. This also includes increasing our young people's understanding of the huge range of options available to them to reach their aspirations and goals.

Options for Post-16 Education and Training

There a lots of different pathways for post-16 education and training, each with their differences which suit different strengths and aspirations. You may feel you work better in a classroom environment, love to learning by 'doing', being taught by those already working in your chosen industry and more. There may also be routes in employment and training that you've never heard of! 

Embarking on your life journey after the age of 16 is an exciting time, but it can also be difficult for some young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Doncaster has a local offer for SEND students with services to help you access the study you require to fulfil your ambitions for the future

Visit the Local Offer at

Some of the pathways available to all young people in Doncaster include:

Apprenticeships After Year 11 there are two types of Apprenticeship that are available to you, Level 2: Intermediate (equivalent of 5 GCSEs) and Level 3: Advanced (equivalent of 2 A Levels). The Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships are only eligible to you if you have a Level 3 qualification already. Apprentices in Doncaster earn around £170 a week, on average.
Sixth Form/6th form College Most sixth forms offer A-Levels, with some offering you the option to take BTECs or A Levels combined with BTECs.
Further Education College At college you are more likely to have to choose between a vocational course (focused on developing practical skills and technical knowledge needed for a particular career), like a BTEC, or choose to focus on academic options, such as A Levels.
Training Provision Local training provision is offered mainly by independent providers and is
available at all levels – from Entry Level to Level 3. Options include study programmes and traineeships. Some providers also lead on the delivery of
apprenticeships. This booklet includes a directory of some local providers and their websites.

Reaching Your Aspirations in Doncaster and Beyond

Doncaster is one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, with a record employment rate of 72.8%. This means that for young people, the number of employment opportunities is growing, including in health and social care; engineering; creative, media and digital and transport (including rail).

Whatever your ambition, it is likely that you can fulfil it either here in Doncaster or more widely, in South Yorkshire. There is also a great tool designed to help you understand the local job opportunities in South Yorkshire, with the 'Shape your Future South Yorkshire brochure

Find Out More

If you need further information about your options for after you leave Year 11, you may want to have a conversation with the Careers Advisor in your school or alternatively you can contact Doncaster Council's Participation and Transition Service on 01302 862150 (10am-4pm). More information about this service is available on the page: Participation and transition service

Further information and support can be found online at:

Last updated: 31 January 2020 16:01:45