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Cotham School

Making Choices at Key Stage 4

Sixth Form or College?

Sixth Form
     -  Study for 2 years after Year 11
     -  Mostly Level 3 
     - Level 2 Science and Business studies 
     -  More academic subjects
    -  Study 3 or 4 subjects
      -   Study for 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 (2020), which lists the subjects and courses on offer at all of Bristol’s sixth-forms, colleges and training providers for Sept. 2021 entry, is available here:

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 Careers Adviser, Ms Paice, whose job it 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 Shute to book you an appointment.

All students will see Ms Paice  for a 1:1 personal career guidance meeting between year 7 and 11 and at least once more in post 16.

Ask advice from teachers & tutors  - things change all the time in today’s world so make sure your information is up to date!