Year 11 Post-16 Pathways

The Careers team at Northgate is here to support you as you prepare to start a new chapter in your education at the end of Year 11.

It is important that you carefully consider all of the options that you have available to you, both in terms of the applications that you make and in the summer when you receive your GCSE results. For some of you, the decision on where to study and continue your learning in September may be harder than expected, but it is important that you fully consider all options to make the right decision for your future. Although unconditional offers for courses and places of study are tempting, it is important that you take your time to decide on your next steps, making that final decision once you have received your GCSE results in August.

The Department for Education has developed a short animation film which summarises the options available to young people after GCSEs. This film can be watched here

A reminder of the support that is available from Northgate High School and Suffolk County Council can be found in this ‘Time to Plan’ leaflet below:

Time to Plan

The Careers team at Northgate are available in school when you collect your GCSE results in August, should you need any further support on the day. In the meantime, should you have any queries or concerns regarding your September pathway, please contact Mrs Calder

Sixth Form

Northgate Sixth Form

Northgate Sixth Form is a vibrant learning community, where every student is valued as an individual. Over 260 students from more than 20 schools choose Northgate Sixth Form each year. For more information, including subject guides and how to apply, visit If you have any questions, please contact the Sixth Form team at  ‪

Local Sixth Form Centres

There are a number of sixth form centres in and around Ipswich which you can make contact with directly to find out about the post-16 courses that they offer.

FE College

Applying for Further Education

Colleges open their applications in October and often take applications through to enrolment. The colleges run frequent taster events and virtual tours are available on college websites, where you can also complete an online application form.

Most of the colleges now have virtual walk throughs of their buildings. Click on the links to take a virtual tour of Suffolk New College, West Suffolk College, Suffolk One.

Suffolk New College

At Suffolk New College, you can apply for any of the courses that the college offers through their website If you find the course that you are interested in studying, you will be able to apply for that course through the ‘Apply’ button on the course page. This will take you through to the college’s online application portal. On this page you will need to create an account and then fill in the application form.

If you have any questions, or need support with this, then the Suffolk New College applications team can be contacted on and they will be happy to help. Once you have made your application, you will be able to track the progress of your application through this portal.

If you wanted to talk to someone at Suffolk New College about the courses they run, you can contact the college through the contact form on their website and Suffolk New College will make arrangements for the appropriate person to call you back


Apprenticeships provide a fantastic opportunity to young people who are keen to continue their learning in the workplace. Advice to young people wishing to progress into an apprenticeship would be to consider the industry that they wish to work within and the current viability of that industry. 

The local further education colleges will have an understanding of the recruitment requirements of the employers they work with and will also be able to advise on what apprenticeship courses will be on offer, should you find your own employment for an apprenticeship.

It is important that you are aware that if you take up an offer at college for a full-time course, you can switch to an apprenticeship at a later stage should you secure an apprenticeship in your chosen vocational area. Having college as a back-up plan for an apprenticeship is always good practice.

Amazing Apprenticeships

The Amazing Apprenticeships website allows you to access a range of resources about the different apprenticeship opportunities. Visit their website at

You are also able to access live broadcasts (and recording of these broadcasts) at

The national Apprenticeships website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships. It also advertises current vacancies at

Employment Opportunities in New Anglia

This is a great new website that is updated fortnightly with information about vacancies in New Anglia. The website is organised by sectors and has current jobs at all levels, also providing a great source of Labour Market Information

Apprenticeships New Anglia

Apprenticeships New Anglia are now up and running, supporting young people to get the best chance of securing an Apprenticeship. Visit their website for more information

Apprenticeships Suffolk

Apprenticeships Suffolk are working with small and medium employers to encourage them to offer more vacancies. Apprenticeships Suffolk are happy to answer any questions and provide any support or advice required


Fledglink is a free app for students ages 13+ which allows students to complete a digital CV and matches them with jobs, apprenticeships and other opportunities. For more information visit


TCHC offer a number of programmes that can help young people to gain an Apprenticeship or those who need more support to continue in learning or training. For more information contact Martin Palmer at

JTL – Electrician and Plumbing & Heating Engineer Apprenticeships

JTL offer a range of apprenticeship programmes for anyone interested in a career in the building services engineering sector. They are still accepting applications and the JTL Apprenticeships offer the chance to learn a trade and earn a wage at the same time. For more information visit or call 0800 085 2308.

Coronavirus Tutoring Initiative

This project was set up by several Oxbridge students with the aim to connect university students from across the UK with young people who need free tutoring in any pre-GCSE, GCSE, or A-Level subject. To find out more information about this project and to sign up to receive support from a tutor visit

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