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Making Choices at Key Stage 4

Sixth Form or College?

Sixth Form
     -  2 years after Year 11
     -  Mostly Level 3 
     -  More academic subjects
    -  Study 3 or 4 subjects
      -   2 or 3 years after Year 11
      -   Levels 1-5
      -   Vocational subjects
      -   Study 1 subject in depth



Careerpilot has lots of information about your choices at 14, 16 and 18, plus routes to different qualifications and job sectors, and career tools to help you decide. See or download their app.


The Bristol Post-16 Directory (2019), which lists the subjects and courses on offer at all of Bristol’s sixth-forms, colleges and training providers for Sept. 2019 entry, is available here: It also lists open evenings that are being held this Autumn.

Key Stage 4 Advice

In your tutorial and PSHE sessions you will learn how to make good choices for your future success.

Go and see our IAG (Careers) Advisor, Ms Chester, whose job is to help you make smart educational and careers decisions.

Her room is B104 above the Library - drop-in times are on the door or you can ask your tutor / Mrs Arnold to book you an appointment.

All Year 11s will see Ms Chester for a 1:1 discussion of their Post-16 plans, usually in the Autumn term.

Ask advice from teachers & tutors – but check with them that their advice is up-to-date - things change all the time in today’s world!

If you prefer, click here to use the National Careers Service.